iPad’s Microphone Not Working: Strange Workarounds Can Fix It

Everything is working good on your iPad except that microphone which doesn’t hear anything that you say. You try Siri, dictation, Skype, Voice memo and even third-party apps that record sound. Nothing works. All you get is a static. Annoying? You bet.

When your iPad’s microphone isn’t working, it’s usually one of two things: software issue that a reset/restore fixes or a hardware issue where the microphone is blocked or gone kaput. It’s really that simple although the latter can be a costly thing to fix. Read on:

Sponsored Links

Fixes If Your iPad's Microphone Isn't Working


You’re lucky if it’s a software issue. The microphone stops working usually after a firmware upgrade or after you installed an app that changed a few settings. It’s not possible for an app to change the microphone settings without your explicit permission but there are stray chances that trigger such an event.

  1. The easiest way to test and fix this is by doing a simple reset. First, press the power button till the slide (to power off) appears. Once the slider shows up, press and hold the home button till the slider disappears. The iPad display should do a blink and then things will be normal. Test the microphone.
  2. A hard reset can also work. Press home and power buttons simultaneously and hold them till the iPad goes blank. Then, press the power button till Apple logo comes up and the iPad powers. Test the microphone.
  3. If these didn’t work, go to Settings → General → Reset and reset all settings. A “settings reset” reverts back all values to default. This might work to fix the microphone issue.
  4. As a last resort, you can try restore too but before this, follow the ‘cleaning’ step from the hardware section.


Sponsored Links

Obviously, if steps 1, 2 and 3 did not fix your iPad’s microphone, it can be an indication of a hardware issue. Did you drop your iPad sometime? Or did it bump into something? Or was the iPad exposed to a lot of dust and pollution?

These are just some of the things that could lead to a hardware issue that renders the microphone useless. One of the first things you are going to try sounds crazy enough to make Apple void the warranty but it seems to have worked for a lot of people. So we’re recommending it but with enough dosage of caution.

Here’s what you do:

  • Use a small vacuum cleaner and run it over the microphone hole on the iPad. Test the microphone after this crazy attempt to restore it. If it works, it was just the dust in the hole.

Microphone Hole on the iPad

Sponsored Links
  • That didn’t work? It’s probably a connectivity issue. Blow into the hole and tap over the microphone port. Again, this is crazy enough even to talk about but no harm trying.
  • Last resort: take the device to the Apple Store. If you’ve got AppleCare, chances are they’ll fix the thing for free or for a small fee. If not, Apple’s standard aloof response is to get a new device.

You might also be interested in speaker issues. Check out these posts:

Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. Ipad 2 mic problems. On board mic doesn’t work BUT headphone with mic does.Tried all suggestions any idea if this is a hardware issue

  2. Thank you for this article! I just spent an hour trying to troubleshoot my daughter’s iPad mini 2. Your article led me right to the solution, even if it was the very last step before taking it to apple! Thank you so much! You just saved me 3 hours of drive time!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

Best iPhone Xs Max Ring Holder Cases: Designed to Offer Enhanced Grip

Though I don't have butterfingers, I never want to take things for guaranteed. That's the reason why like pairing my iPhone with a ring...

Best iPhone XR Clear Cases: Let Your iPhone Win Every Attention

Along with slim covers, transparent cases are always my first picks. It's because they let the smartphone reveal the look and also provide basic...

Best iPhone XR Cases: Potpourri of High-Quality Cases

iPhone XR was the most-awaited iPhone this year. This 6.1-inch iPhone is touted as flagship killer as it boasts some high-end features available in...

Best iPhone Xs Max Cases: Even a Beast Needs Protection

iPhone Xs Max has impressed everyone with its huge size and useful features. Touted by Tim Cook as one of the biggest phones ever,...