Top 8 fixes to get sound back on your Macbook Air/Pro

Sometimes the solution to an audio problem is as easy as turning off your computer and turning it on again. Unlike a restart, shutting down your computer ends all processes and clears your RAM, which should also resolve most lingering audio issues. This information includes audio and display settings, time zone preferences, your current startup disk, and details about any recent fatal system errors.

Audio issues on the Mac usually have quick, easy fixes and are rarely linked to serious hardware problems. However, if you have to reboot your Mac several times or repeatedly reset the Core Audio API to get your sound working, you should probably take your computer in for a check-up. Unplugging and replugging the eighth-inch jack from the back of the computer fixed my problem.

An easier way to reset the Core Audio is to just open the Activity Monitor which also lets you know if Core Audio is using too much RAM , select it, then quit or force quit…. You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic! Check out our comment policy here. I thank you so much for this link! Thank you so much. Your help was unbelievably perfect. Now I can play my music. Thank you for your excellent help!!!! I am so happy! Fiddled with it for ages! And the only way I could find this was by print screening the mute sign and using google image search!

A fix: Had an old set of bad headphones, cut off the jack, and used that jack plugged in, with the INPUT setting, and get speakers to work. Or buy a jack at Radio Shack for a few bucks if you have no defective phones laying around? Good luck! I had to try a couple of different times, paused the music, then unplugged the headphones, but it did finally work!

Thanks so much! I followed the rules and it didn't work. I did a slight variation in that whilst the song was playing in i-tunes i pulled the headphones out and it then started to play through my internal speakers again! I am happy camper once again!

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Thank you SO much. So helpful. I spent 10 minutes sticking toothpicks in my headphone jack. This worked for me, eventually, but had two do it twice. Failing for you? Try it thrice. Thanks you very much, i had been trying to fix this problem two months ago, now it is fixed You're awesome. I was just about to give up and schedule an appointment at an Apple Store.

You just saved me a like 4hrs. Had no idea where to start trying to fix this problem! Thanks again bro'! Thank you!

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Why is this working to everyone but me? I did exactly what you said.. I tried, I failed, I tried again, repeated those steps a few times, and boom! Just to say thank you! People if this solution isn't working on its own, please try it again and then restart your comp, restart hadn't worked before but after this, magic!!!! Your a star, ta!! This trick didn't work from me. On another web forum though I found a trick were you use a tooth pick and it didn't work either.

I decided to try with the end of a bobby pin and I put both chunks at the end of the bobby pin in. It worked after turning it counter clockwise a few times. I got scared because it wasnt working.. LOL thanks:. Had to do this a few times for it to work but it is back on - Thank you!! Mine had a bit of dust over the optical sensor so this didn't work. You'll be happy to note that I didn't even need a proper jack.. I was stuck on mute with the red light, put the inside of an old biro in since it was sitting near..

Hi, sorry to see so many people have this problem - the problem two fold - cheap parts and bad engineering. At least some of the jack detection is hardware based, so although everybody wants to believe clicking and unclicking will fix it, if you really have the problem, it won't. I have an actual proven fix that doesn't require replacing the jack or the logic board - although it disables the digital out, so this may not be for you. Its a permanent fix, and is reversible.

Email me for more details. I solved this on macbook pro by plugging in a usb headset. Then volume in system bar was not greyed out and everything worked. Also I did not have red light issue described above. Not sure what caused this but i was using iTunes and Toast Titanium 11 to convert flac to apple lossless and importing to itunes before this glitch appeared. You're a genius! I was so frustrated and Apple wanted me to pay to ask a question.

So glad I found your page. Thanks again! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise! This worked perfectly for me. Thankyou, I was using my boyfriends macbook and thought I had broken it! This worked like a charm and he never has to know, phew! I just kept doing what you said and it worked after a couple tries!!!! I had to try it a few times, but it worked eventually.

Thanks for sharing these instructions. I tried everything.

Fixing a MacBook Stuck on Mute

The original post and everything in the comments. Eventually the toothpick broke off inside. After I fished it out, it worked perfectly. No more AKG headphones for me. Thank You!! You rock. Saved me a trip to the genius bar. I didn't have the red light in the headphone jack, but did have all the other symptoms and this worked like a charm.

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When doing a Google search I even tried some specific examples in the Apple support forum for this particular device. Once I tried this it worked like a charm. My macbook is also slow. My macbook says it's on mute and wont play music, please fix!! There's not much I can really suggest with such a vague description.

Assuming you've tried everything here, you might want to backup with Time Machine and reinstall OS X. If it's a software issue, that should fix it. It should also make things run a little faster too. How to backup and restore: Does anyone know how to delay audio output? I have managed to get all audio air playing through my sonos yes it took a lot of work but there is always a 4 second delay. I know you can delay certain apps like VLC player but can you just delay all output so you don't have to do it for each app? I'm starting to think you can't but it seems like such a simple feature. Thanks in advance for any help.

I use a headphone and speaker with my iMac. Today on a call, my internal microphone was on, how can I resolve that? You'll need to connect your headset in order for it to show up. My issue is with the Sound Preferences. I use an external device, i. This works. My question is 'why do I have to do this every time I turn the computer on?

I'm having a similar problem with my iPhone contacts. I select iPhone contacts only I don't want to scroll down my entire list of contacts looking for a number to call , but then after my next charge it goes back to all contacts. Its not a big deal, just annoying. I generally find that my Mac remembers the settings, based on the device I have connected. Are you running El Capitan? If not I'd suggest updating your Mac so it's as up to date as possible, you may also want to submit feedback to Apple: Thanks for the post! Killing coreaudiod through the Terminal fixed my issue. Top Deals.

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Easy Fixes For Audio Problems. Email Facebook Whatsapp Pinterest Twitter. Enjoyed this article? Stay informed by joining our newsletter! Enter your Email. Read our privacy policy. Very grateful for your advise on killall. This worked in May Killall coreaudiod, hell yes. Killing core audio totally fixed the issue. Just do this and chill C: I'm in the same boat at you, did you ever get it to show? And HOW?? Wonderful article. Terminal command nailed it. Issue fixed. Like a garbled, digital audio signal. Very disturbing. Keep us posted on whether you can resolve it, and what you did!

Hi, In typical fashion it started working again, I didn't do anything except wait for a week or so. Thanks for your reply. Despite the mac still recognising the external speakers, no sound it audible. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated, it's getting very frustrating now. Ill turn my mac on and despite it still recognising the external speakers, no sound is audible.

Assuming you've tried all of the above I'm not really sure what else could help. Keep us posted!

Audio & Sound Not Working in Mac OS X? It’s an Easy Fix

Dear Tim, followed your advice with resetting the coreaudio process but it didn't help. Really appreciate your help! Good luck. Hi Tim, my use case is 1. Thank you in advance. Ola Stockholm, Sweden.

Hi Tim, I have an iMac, running Yosemite Any suggestions. Thank you. Hi Andy, Don't be afraid of Terminal, the commands above won't cause any harm to your computer. Hi Nerida, It sounds like the microphone is the issue in this case. Hope this helps, Tim. Let us know if we can help further! Hey Molly, Have you tried resetting Core Audio as the article states? To reset, open a Terminal window and input: Quitting "coreaudiod" from Activity Monitor worked fine! Just another thanks, Tim, you're a cool guy. Anyway, used the terminal and reset the core.

This was hugely helpful and I had success! I picked up the Microsoft Designer Bluetooth both keyboard and mouse. Thank you Tim, great write up!


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Hey Marcus, There's not much I can really suggest with such a vague description. Hope this helps: Any ideas out there on how to make selections permanent until I want to change them? Hi Sraddha, I generally find that my Mac remembers the settings, based on the device I have connected.

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