All kidding aside, even though the volume and mute/orientation lock buttons on your iPad adjust and lock volume levels, they actually respond differently in different situations. Think back to the last time you tried to silence a song or notification, or perhaps you wanted to adjust the volume of a podcast from the lock screen on your iPad. Were you successful–or did you fumble around for a while before you achieved the desired outcome? Turns out, the volume and mute/orientation lock buttons might not behave the way you’d anticipate in certain situations. Here’s a short list of what to expect the next time you reach for those handy buttons on your iPad.
Note:When Apple released the iPad Air 2 last fall they removed the side switch (mute/orientation lock) button. To access the functionality that was lost with the removal of this button you now need to use Control Center.
Use the volume control buttons to
Adjust the volume of media (e.g. song, movie, podcast)
Adjust the volume of alerts and sound effects
Mute the sound by holding down until “mute” appears
Take a picture or record a video
Use the Side Switch (mute/orientation lock) button to
Mute audio alerts
Mute sound effects
Switch between portrait and landscape views (in settings app–General–> Lock Rotation.)
Exceptions / Alternate methods
The Side Switch does not mute the audio from music, podcasts, movies, and TV shows.
Lock the ringer and alert volumes by opening Settings–> Sounds–> Turn off change wth buttons.
Limit the music and video volume by opening Settings–> Music–> Volume limit.
Swipe up from the bottom to Use Control Center to adjust the volume, and turn on Do Not Disturb.
Note: In some European Union (EU) countries, iPad may warn that you’re setting the volume above the EU recommended level for hearing safety. To increase the volume beyond this level, you may need to briefly release the volume control. To limit the maximum headset volume to this level, go to Settings > Music > Volume Limit, then turn on EU Volume Limit. To prevent changes to the volume limit, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.