I, as well as many of my Readers, continue to be frustrated by this annoying problem. Oftentimes there are simply no visible controls or even hidden ones for that matter, that will allow you to toggle the audio to on.
I’ve spent tons of time trying to figure out a consistent workaround for this…but there simply isn’t one. What I’ve uncovered instead is why this has become such a huge problem.
The only way that a specific website will display the proper controls for users to toggle audio on and off is if, when the video is added, everything is setup properly on the website to begin with. If it isn’t then there’s a good chance that there won’t be any audio controls that will be available to users.
Given this knowledge, as well as the fact that the problem has persisted this long, coupled with the fact that Apple doesn’t appear to be addressing it…means that there’s only one additional suggestion I can add to those that follow in the paragraphs below.
When you encounter this problem, make sure that you let website owners know it exists and that when they include videos with no sound it’s really annoying for readers like you. Send them the link above so that they understand this problem is under their control…not yours. And ask them to fix the problem!
Read on for some ideas of how to solve the problem at various websites when they have taken the time to set things up properly.
Safari Videos Play But Don’t Have Sound in ios 10 & 11
Ever since I updated to ios 10 I’ve had intermittent problems playing videos using Safari. Sometimes if you tap on the video just right a ‘muted’ megaphone icon appears that you can ‘unmute’ by tapping on it (see the screenshot below.) Other times, as in the example of the video shown below, the ‘unmute’ option appears briefly when the video begins playing. But oftentimes that alternative isn’t available at all.
I don’t know why, but I always forget that there’s usually a simple solution to the problem, which is why I’ve written this post.
You just open Control Center and look for the volume slider….it’s usually turned all the way down. Why this matters when the volume is turned all the way up using the hardware button….I don’t know. But it’s a quick fix for the ‘No Sound’ problem.
If the video is from YouTube and you have the YouTube app installed on your device, opening it in YouTube almost always resolves the sound problem. Sometimes the YouTube app is displayed at the top of the tab window and tapping on it opens the video in YouTube.
But sometimes the option to open the video in the YouTube app isn’t present at the top of the screen. In those instances it may not be obvious how viewers go about opening the video in their YouTube app. Remember this alternative only works if you have the YouTube app installed on your device.
How to Open a YouTube Video Playing in Safari (ios) in the YouTube App
Just follow the Steps 1-4 labeled in green in the screenshot below. When you reach Step 4, long pressing anywhere on the YouTube link will cause the Menu shown in the #4 screenshot below to appear.
Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else.
I also host a YouThe channel. I use it to better illustrate some of the posts from vsatips and for other random 'How To' topics. I'm a huge fan of YouTube because I think you can learn pretty much anything in the world there. Sometimes I search for something I can't do and don't find anything. A lot of my videos come from that influence...if I do eventually figure out how to do something :-)