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How to Restrict Volume on iPad

User Eric sent us a question below.

I want to limit the max volume of the internal iPad speaker.The volume control switch allows my kids turn the volume all the way up. I would like a password protected way to limit the max volume setting of the internal iPad speaker. Can this be done?

Sure, listening to your iPad at a reasonable volume is important. Here are two quick tips to counteract the concerns of parents or for that matter anyone who has an interest in protecting one’s hearing.

Set a Volume Limit

The first step in the process is to lower the maximum volume by tapping Settings.While you’re in Settings, you can also set an upper limit for headphone music volume in Music > Volume Limit to protect your—or a child’s—hearing. The setting doesn’t restrict non-headphone volume. (A side effect of setting a lower limit is that each press of a volume button changes it by a smaller increment.)


Next, you can prevent the youngling from upping the volume by locking the level with a passcode. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions; tap Enable Restrictions if necessary, and supply a four-digit password. Tap Volume Limit and then Don’t Allow Changes.

Set Volume Memories with Different Headphones

This is far more useful if you share your iDevice with others, but one little-known feature is that the volume levels for various headsets are stored in memory. If you plug in one set of headphones and set the volume, that level will be remembered for the next time you plug them in. The same goes for other headsets, so you don’t have to worry about someone else messing with your volume settings. Just make sure they have a different set of earbuds and you’ll be good to go. This is also helpful for auxiliary inputs in your car, which you often want at full volume.