How To Turn OFF Silent Mode On iPhone or iPad?

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There are certainly advantages to having silent mode turned on. A small break from a constant stream of notifications can be nice! So is a solid night of sleep, without any disturbances.

But sometimes, you want the opposite. Maybe you’re waiting for an important call or just don’t want to miss your friend texting you. For that, you want to turn off silent mode on your iPhone or iPad.

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Some apps do not play audio on TV when the silent mode is turned ON on your iPhone or iPad. You will have to turn silent mode OFF to be able play audio from such apps. This is important to know, also for screen mirroring apps. There are multiple ways to turn silent mode OFF on iPhone or iPad. Please see them below.

In this quick guide, we’ll answer some of the common iOS silent mode questions and show you how to operate it.

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1 | Operating the silent mode switch on an iPhone

Let’s go over some of the basics of the silent mode switch. All iPhones and some iPads have a ring / silent switch on the left side of the device (above the volume buttons). Move the switch in way that the switch does not have an orange background color as the image below.

Pushing it towards you will turn off silent mode. Pushing it away from you will turn it on. It’s as simple as that!

iPhone silent mode switch

2 | My iPhone or iPad does not have a silent mode switch – what can I do?

You can use the Control Center to turn silent mode OFF when you have one of the the below situations:

  • Your device does not have the ring / silent switch on the device (for example some iPads).
  • Your device is configured to use the silent / ring switch for orientation lock.

In such case, you can use the Control Center to turn mute OFF. On your iPhone / iPad: Drag from the top or bottom to open the control center. Make sure that the ringer icon has a white color as shown in the below image.

Control Center on iPad

Does your alarm sound when iPhone is on silent mode?

You know the deal – you want to go to sleep without those pesky notification sounds on your iPhone, so you flip the switch and turn silent mode on. But you also have to get up in the morning.

You set an alarm. But then a thought comes over you – will it actually go off if my iPhone is on silent mode? Do you have to sacrifice your sleep quality, or will you have to oversleep?

As it turns out, turning silent mode on on your iPhone will have no effect on your alarm. So you can sleep peacefully and then wake up exactly when you need!

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Why is my iPhone alarm silent?

If your iPhone alarm doesn’t sound, regardless of whether you have silent mode on or not, there are several things you can do:

  1. Go to Settings, and then Sounds & Haptics. There, you’ll find the Ringer and Alerts option with a slider. Use it to either increase or decrease the volume. 
  2. If you have the Change with Buttons ticked off in the Sounds & Haptics menu, you can adjust the volume of your alarm with your volume buttons, on the left side of your iPhone, just below the silent mode switch.
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How to turn off silent mode during screen mirroring

When you’re screen mirroring and the sound doesn’t work, it’s easy to think there’s something wrong with either your iPhone, iPad, or your TV. Sometimes, however, the source of the problem is much less serious.

Namely, when you’re in silent mode, some apps will not play sound from your iPhone or iPad to your TV when screen mirroring.

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How to make certain contacts ring on silent mode

You may enjoy the serene silence of having no ringer going off on you. But you might still want certain people to be able to reach you, even when your iPhone is on silent mode.

How to do it? There is a way to go about that.

Emergency Bypass

Emergency Bypass on an iPhone allows your device to receive notifications and calls from certain contacts even if you’re on silent mode or Do Not Disturb.

To enable it, go to Contacts and find a contact you wish to enable Emergency Bypass for. Click on it, then tap ‘Edit’ in the top-right corner. Next, find the ‘Ringtone’ option, tap it and switch Emergency Bypass on (you can find it at the top of the screen).

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How to turn iPhone silent mode off without the switch

The switch on the side of your iPhone is the easiest and quickest way to operate silent mode. But just like with all of the things that have nooks and crannies, the switch is notorious for gathering dirt and gunk from your pockets or the surfaces it’s on. It’s also quite tough to clean, which, overtime, might render you unable to turn silent mode on or off.

To prevent that from happening, it’s good to know how to operate silent mode on an iPhone without using the switch.

To do that, you will need to engage the AssistiveTouch option. It’s an extra button on your Home Screen, which gives you quick access to several key options and functionalities, such as Siri, the Control Center, or the silent mode.

AssistiveTouch is also a great thing to have on your screen in case your Home button breaks or stops working.

How to enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone

Enabling AssistiveTouch on an iPhone

Go to Settings and then to Accessibility. Scroll down until you find Accessibility Shortcut. Enter it and tick AssistiveTouch. 

To activate AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, go back to your Home Screen and triple-click the Home button. A small black square with a circle in the middle will appear. You can change its location by dragging it across the screen.

Click on the AssistiveTouch and go to Device. There you’ll find a bell icon with an ‘Unmute’ caption. Press it to turn silent mode off.

Similarly, to hide AssistiveTouch, triple-click the Home button. 

Keep in mind that if you use AssistiveTouch to turn off silent mode, it won’t change the alignment of your silent mode switch. That means, the silent mode will still activate when you push the button away from you, and will turn off as you push it towards you. If you use AssistiveTouch alongside the switch to operate silent mode, sometimes it will require you to click the switch two times to achieve the desired effect.

Silent mode switch closeup

How to turn silent mode off in Settings

While there’s no direct way to turn silent mode off in Settings, you can do it by using the AssistiveTouch method we’ve described above.

Why is my iPhone not vibrating on silent mode?

Usually, your iPhone will vibrate instead of ringing when in silent mode. This is to keep you in the loop of any oncoming notifications and calls, but without the sounds. While it is quite useful, it can easily get annoying. 

If your iPhone doesn’t vibrate on silent, here’s what you can do to fix it:

  • Go to Settings and then Sounds & Haptics.
  • At the very top, you’ll see two options – Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent.
  • Tick the second one and now your iPhone should vibrate with silent mode turned on!
Silent mode on iPad

Where is silent mode on iPad

While iPad doesn’t have a silent mode per se, there are still ways for you to mute all sound coming off of it.

Bell icon in Control Panel

To access Control Panel on an iPad, swipe down from top-right corner of the screen. There, you’ll see a bell icon. By tapping it, you’ll mute all sounds on your iPad. 

When in effect, the mute button will be highlighted and the bell will be crossed with a single line.

Using the volume controls

Alternatively, you can keep on pressing the volume down button, until the pop-up volume bar says ‘mute’.

This was a basic guide on how to turn off silent mode on iPhone. Now, it’s time to learn even more about your device. Check out our other posts for tips and tricks on using an Apple mobile or tablet. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone. And the good thing is: all of the knowledge we provide is free, just like the trial versions of AirBeamTVs screen mirroring apps!

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