Sound Not Working on Your Mac? Here's How to Fix It!
Monday, 08 June 2020

 Sound not working on your mac? If so, we are here to help. If you want to learn more about it, click here to learn how to fix it!

 Do you have a brand new Mac laptop and the sound has stopped working? Maybe you just bought the new 16-inch MacBook Pro with the magic keyboard, a great choice. But it can be irritating if your sound suddenly stops working.

It can mean you can't watch your favorite shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime. If a friend sends you a funny cat video then you won't be able to join in with the fun. During the current Corona Virus lockdown having video calls with friends and family is vitally important.

So here's what to do for sound not working on your Mac.

1. Have You Muted Your Laptop?

 Have you muted your laptop? It can be very easy to press the mute key on your keyboard by mistake.

You could easily have hovered over the button at the top of your menu bar as well when you were trying to connect to a different WiFi network. Before proceeding to some of the other ways you might be able to resolve this issue be sure to check this first so you don't waste your time. 

Remember there are often in-built volume controls in many apps and programs for instance on You-Tube. So even if you have unmuted the speakers on your computer, you might have muted the volume on the app. Be sure to check this as well.

You should also know that if you've muted the sound then recording the screen with audio won't pick up the sound. If you want to know how to record the screen with audio be sure to check out this site:

This site could prove to be useful.

2. Are You Listening Through In-Built Speakers?

Another issue that might be causing your lack of sound is that you have the wrong speakers connected to your computer. This can mean that your sound is being sent to an external display, perhaps as an error, even if you don't have it plugged in. If you have an Apple TV and transmit sound over this then this may be a common issue.

To resolve this issue dive into settings, located on your dock and press sound. Check that the input and output both say Macbook microphone and Macbook speakers. Next press back and head to display in the settings menu.

From here you need to check that the correct display is selected. You want your sound and display to transmit through your computer, not external monitors or screens.

Remember thanks to Apple's Sidecar feature, it's now possible for your iPad to act as a second screen. You connect the two devices wirelessly if both machines are connected to the same WiFi network.

You might find that you have forgotten to disconnect them or they have connected automatically. The sound could be transmitted through your iPad instead of through your computer.

3. Are Your Headphones Working?

If you're trying to listen through headphones then you want to establish whether your headphone or the computer is the problem. Unplug your headphones if they are wired to see if you can hear anything. Wondering why is the sound not working on my Mac? This might be why.

If you have wireless headphones such as Apple's Airpods, with new versions in development, then you'd want to disconnect these from your machine properly. Either place them back inside their charging case or go into the Bluetooth menu in settings and remove them.

Test the sound and then you can be sure if the issue with your machine or your headphones. If the problem is with your headphones then be sure to take them to an Apple Genius Bar store to get them checked over if they are in warranty.

4. If Problems Persist

If problems with your sound and none of these solutions work then you need to consider taking in your Mac to an Apple store. If your computer is under warranty and the problems with the sound were no fault of your own - e.g no water damage  - then you can have it fixed for free.

If your computer is out of warranty then you could still take it to an official Apple Store and pay to have it fixed.

If you are traveling abroad at the time and Apple doesn't have a presence in that country then Apple has an approved list of vendors you can take it to instead.
If you take it to an unapproved store and ask them to fix it then it will be void the warranty. There's no guarantee that they will resolve the issue and won't break your computer in the process.

You should also only attempt to fix it yourself if you have a sufficient background in computer technology.

Sound Not Working on Your Mac? Make Some Checks and Then Call in the Experts

If the sound is not working on your Mac be sure to go through some basic checks first. Ensure that you have not accidentally muted the sound on the main computer or in the app you are working on.

Then try to establish if it's the audio on your computer or your headphones that are at fault. Remove your headphones if they are wired or disconnect your wireless headphones from Bluetooth and then try to play the audio again.

If the audio works then you will know the issue is with your headphones. If not then you'll know you have an internal audio problem that needs resolving and consider returning your headphones to the manufacturer.

If the issue appears to be your computer then consider taking it to an Apple Store. If your device remains under warranty and the sound issue is not your fault you can have your machine fixed for free. If you're out of warranty then you might have to pay to have it fixed.

If you are interested in learning more about how to fix problems like the sound not working on your Mac then be sure to check out the rest of our site.
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