What Causes the Beeping Sound on an iPad?
There are a few common triggers for an iPad to beep:
Notifications from apps or the system – Apps like Mail, Messages, and Calendar are often set up to audibly notify you of new items with a beep or chime sound. These sounds can be configured in Notifications settings for each app.
Alarms and timers – The Clock app lets you set alarms that will beep at the chosen time. Timers also beep when they finish counting down. Check the Clock app for any alarms or active timers if your iPad is suddenly beeping.
Low battery warnings – As the battery level gets very low, an iPad will start beeping to urgently prompt you to charge it. The screen may also dim or flash when the battery gets critically low.
Error/warning messages – Certain system errors or warnings will trigger alert sounds. For example, if the iPad overheats, it may beep and show a warning to let it cool down.
Disable Notifications and Badge App Icons
One of the easiest ways to stop your iPad from beeping is to disable notifications and badge app icons for the individual apps producing the beeping sounds. Here’s how to do it:
Open the Settings app and tap on Notifications. This will bring up a list of all the apps installed on your iPad. For each app, you can toggle “Allow Notifications” off to disable notifications. You can also toggle off “Badge App Icon” to remove the notification badge dots from the home screen icons.
For example, if you are getting a lot of beeping from the Messages app, go into Settings > Notifications, select Messages, and turn off Allow Notifications and Badge App Icon. This will stop the Messages app from displaying banners and badges, eliminating the beeping.
You can go through and disable notifications for any app contributing to unwanted beeping sounds on your iPad. This gives you granular control to mute only the apps you want, without affecting the rest.
Turn Off Notification Center
The Notification Center on the iPad shows you all your alerts and notifications in one place. If the constant stream of notifications is causing your iPad to beep, you can turn off the Notification Center. Here’s how:
Open the Settings app and select Notification Center. Scroll down and toggle off the switch next to Include to disable the Notification Center. This will prevent notification banners and badges from appearing on your home screen and lock screen (source: Change notification settings on iPad – Apple Support).
With the Notification Center disabled, your iPad will no longer display notifications or beep when you receive them. Keep in mind that this turns off all notifications globally, so you won’t see alerts from any apps.
Turn Off Lock Screen Notifications
One of the easiest ways to stop your iPad from beeping is to turn off notifications on the lock screen. Here’s how:
Open the Settings app and tap on Notifications. Scroll down and locate the Show on Lock Screen toggle. Turn this off to disable all notifications from appearing on your lock screen.1 This prevents any apps from displaying alert notifications while your iPad is locked.
With this setting disabled, you won’t see any notification banners, alerts, or noises when your iPad is locked. Your iPad will remain silently locked until you unlock it. Do note that critical alerts for phone calls and messages will still appear on the lock screen.
If you want to disable notifications from only certain apps on the lock screen, go into each app’s notifications settings and turn off Show on Lock Screen individually.
Disable Alarms and Timer Sounds
One of the most common causes for beeping or alarm sounds on an iPad is from the built-in Clock app. The Clock app includes alarms, timers, and a stopwatch, all of which can produce sounds when triggered.
To disable alarm and timer sounds in the Clock app, open the Clock app and tap on the Timer, Stopwatch, or Alarm tabs at the bottom. For each section, toggle the “Sound” switch off to disable any sounds. This will prevent the timer, stopwatch, or alarms from emitting any loud beeps or alert noises.
According to Apple Support, “To temporarily silence incoming calls, alerts, and sound effects, open Control Center, tap Focus, then tap Do Not Disturb.”1
Mute System Sounds
You can mute common system sounds on your iPad such as lock sounds and keyboard clicks. To do this:
- Open the Settings app on your iPad.
- Tap on Sounds & Haptics.
- Under System Sounds, toggle the switches off next to Lock Sounds and Keyboard Clicks to disable them.
With lock sounds and keyboard clicks muted, your iPad will no longer make sounds when you lock the screen or type on the keyboard. This can be useful if you want to avoid interruptions from system sounds.
Source: Apple Support
One simple way to make your iPad stop beeping is to lower the volume. You can use the physical volume buttons located on the right side of the iPad to quickly turn the volume down. Press the volume down button repeatedly until the volume is muted or very low (Apple Support).
You can also go into Settings > Sounds & Haptics and use the onscreen slider to lower the volume to your desired level. Drag the “Ringer and Alerts” slider all the way to the left to mute sounds and stop the beeping (Dummies). Keep in mind this will mute all notification sounds, not just beeping.
Enable Do Not Disturb
One of the easiest ways to stop an iPad from beeping is to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Do Not Disturb mutes all sounds and notifications, preventing any alerts or alarms from causing the iPad to beep or vibrate.
To enable Do Not Disturb on an iPad, simply swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open Control Center. Then, tap the crescent moon icon to toggle on Do Not Disturb mode . The icon will turn dark when activated, and you’ll see a message confirming that Do Not Disturb is now on.
With Do Not Disturb enabled, no calls, notifications, or alerts will cause any sounds or vibrations. The iPad will remain silent until Do Not Disturb mode is turned off again via Control Center. This makes it a quick and convenient solution if you just want to briefly mute an iPad that’s beeping frequently.
Turn Off iPad
One of the easiest ways to stop an iPad from beeping is to simply turn it off. To turn off your iPad:
Press and hold the Power button on the top of the iPad until the “Slide to Power Off” prompt appears on the screen. Then slide the on-screen slider to the right to fully power down your iPad.
According to Apple support, “To turn off any model, you can go to Settings > General > Shut Down, then drag the slider.” (Source)
Turning your iPad completely off will stop all sounds, notifications, and alarms. Just be aware that fully powering down the device means you won’t receive calls, messages, or other notifications until you turn it back on.
Get Your iPad Serviced
Persistent beeping may indicate a hardware issue with the iPad that requires professional diagnostics and repairs. If none of the troubleshooting steps resolve the beeping sound, it’s best to take the device into an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) for assistance.
An Apple technician can run diagnostic tests to pinpoint the cause, which could be a problem with the speaker, logic board, battery, or other internal components. Repairs or full device replacement may be necessary if the issue is hardware-related.
Getting professional service is the best way to properly diagnose and fix an ongoing beeping issue. Apple technicians have the expertise and resources to fully inspect the iPad and make any repairs needed to stop the annoying beeping sounds.