Is it a common problem for iPad Air 2 microphone to not work? My method of communication is dictation, so the microphone is critical. It works on my synced iPhone 6.

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    What indicates it's not working? What steps towards fixing this issue have you tried? – JMY1000 Dec 20 '17 at 3:45
  • I tried every possible setting and preference in my disposal through iPhone I normally use. I’m pretty good at problem-solving and I don’t know what happened. The iPad is never prompting for permission to use microphone. – Anonymous Dec 20 '17 at 3:56
  • Which application are you using to confirm the mic isn't working? – JMY1000 Dec 20 '17 at 3:57
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    All of them. The only thing that allows dictation is Siri. Even that is a problem because it flips to Siri keyboard seemingly on its own. – Anonymous Dec 20 '17 at 4:00
  • BTW thanks for answering. Didn’t expect such a quick response and petering out so may continue tomorrow. No intention to ignore. – Anonymous Dec 20 '17 at 4:02

Backup the iPhone and then restore to factory. Then as you set up the iPhone restore the backup.

If the issue persists. Restore again and then dont restore the backup, set up the phone as is. If it works then your files have corrupted the audio. If it doesnt work, then it needs to be repaired. Take it to the Apple Store for repairs.

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    Thank you. I figured that was next but hated to admit it. Where do you suppose I’d most likely pick up corrupt files? – Anonymous Dec 20 '17 at 20:18
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    I went ahead and posted the question on protecting my iPhone and iPad separately to avoid confusion. – Anonymous Dec 20 '17 at 23:26
  • Anything can be the culprit. More than likely its a stock OS issue. Backing up and restoring the backup will let you know if it persists. – Melvin Jefferson Dec 21 '17 at 0:26

My iPad Pro's microphone recently stopped working almost completely – "almost" because you could still recognise loud sounds in a recording, but it was effectively unusable. The "Hey Siri" setup process wouldn't work etc.

The cause turned out to be mechanical: there was dirt stuck in the tiny microphone hole. I carefully dug it out with a needle and the microphone returned to its original performance.

The microphone's location depends on your iPad model. On my 9 inch Pro, it's a tiny (almost invisible) hole exactly in the middle of the top frame (the one with the power button).

  • Where’d you get the electron microscope ? lol – Anonymous Apr 13 '18 at 20:01

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