How to Mute YouTube Sound on an iPad

by Andrea Ruiz
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When streaming a YouTube video on your iPad, the video's sound automatically begins to play along with the video. Viewing a YouTube video on a regular Web browser gives you the option of muting it using the video's inline volume bar. However, neither the native iPad YouTube app nor the Web-based version of YouTube for the iPad displays the volume bar in the video. The only way to mute sound in a YouTube video on an iPad is to use the side switch to mute the iPad's volume.

Step 1

Navigate to the YouTube video you wish to view in the YouTube app or in your iPad's Web browser.

Step 2

Locate the side switch on your iPad. This is a small, slim black switch near one of the corners on one of the longer sides of the iPad.

Step 3

Press the end of the side switch that lowers the volume (which end this is depends on the position in which you're holding the iPad.) You can tell that you're pressing the correct end by the fact that the on-screen display shows the volume bar getting lower.

Hold down the same end of the side switch until the on-screen volume bar disappears completely. You can now continue to enjoy the YouTube video on mute.


  • These steps work for both the iPad YouTube app and the YouTube website.
  • To unmute your iPad once you've finished watching your video, press the opposite end of the side switch until the volume is at your desired level.
  • You must mute your iPad each time you launch the YouTube app or website if you unmute it between uses.


Photo Credits

  • Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

About the Author

Andrea Ruiz has written professionally for blogs, online entertainment magazines and television network websites for more than a decade. Ruiz has also been a web and social media developer, Internet business consultant and computer programmer since 1999, and worked for four years as a professional community manager. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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