The ringer sound on your iPad notifies you when you have an incoming call, message, or other alerts. On the flip side, the device can be annoyingly loud, especially when you’re in a quiet place like a meeting, lecture hall, or movie theater.
You can opt to turn down the notification sounds under the Sounds Settings, but that may not remove the disturbance entirely. The best way to get rid of the loud notifications is to turn off the ringer.
So how do you turn off the ringer on an iPad?
There are two ways to turn off the ringer on an iPad: switching to Silent mode or turning on Do Not Disturb.
To turn off the ringer by switching to silent mode, swipe down the screen to open the “Control Center” > Tap the “bell” icon.
To turn off the ringer by turning on Do Not Disturb, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open “Control Center” > Tap the “moon” icon.
We prepared this article to show you how to turn off the ringer on an iPad.
Method #1: Switching to Silent Mode
All notifications do not produce sound when your iPad is on silent mode. You can switch your iPad to silent mode in three ways: from the Control Center, the Side Switch, and the volume down button.
From the Control Center
Here’s how to switch an iPad to silent mode:
- Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPad home screen to open the “Control Center”.
- Tap the bell icon.
- The bell icon is colored with a diagonal line when the Silent Mode is on.
Using the Side Switch
Alternatively, you can mute the iPad with a switch located on the side of the device beside the volume button. However, not all iPads have this switch.
If your iPad has the mute button, follow these steps to silence the device:
- Open the “Settings” app.
- Select “General”.
- Scroll down the menu and click “Use Side Switch To”.
- Tap “Mute”.
- Locate the “Side Switch” on the side of your iPad above the volume button.
- Slide the switch to turn on silent mode. The side switch will have an orange background beneath when the silent mode is on.
Using The Volume Down Button
You can also turn off the ringer on an iPad using the volume down button. Press and hold the volume down button until the speaker icon with a diagonal line across it appears on your home screen. Your iPad’s ringer is now off, and you won’t get any sounds from notifications and alerts.
Method #2: Turning On Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb feature on your iPad silences notifications and alerts, including vibrations and lighting up of the screen. It is different from the silent mode in that you can customize the settings, such as how long you want the Do Not Disturb mode to last and which alerts to silence.
For instance, if you want to silence all calls and messages at night but want the iPad alarm to wake you up, you can choose to let the alarm ring while silencing all other notifications.
Here’s how to turn on Do Not Disturb Mode on an iPad:
- Swipe down your screen from the top right corner to open the “Control Center”.
- Tap the moon icon. You have now turned on Do Not Disturb mode.
To customize your Do Not Disturb settings, follow these steps:
- Open the “Control Center”.
- Tap and hold the moon icon. Several settings appear.
- Click “Schedule” to open a new menu.
- Customize your schedule as you wish.
- Go back to the home screen.
Turning off the ringer on your iPad silences any notification sounds and alerts. You can achieve this by switching your device to silent mode or turning on Do Not Disturb. To change the device to silence mode, tap the bell icon in the Control Center or use the side switch on some iPad models. You can turn on the Do Not Disturb mode by opening the Control Center and clicking on the moon icon.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ringer button on your iPad is on the side, above the volume buttons. You can set your iPad to ring or go to silent mode by sliding the ringer button. However, not all iPad models have this switch.
To put your iPad on silent, follow these steps:
1) Open the Control Center by swiping down the screen from the top right corner.
2) Tap the bell icon.
The silent mode and Do Not Disturb mode silence notifications and alerts such as incoming calls and messages.
However, Do Not Disturb lets you customize the silence settings by setting how long the no sound settings last. You can also allow sounds for notifications, such as alarms and calls from some contacts.