I’m unable to adjust the volume using my Touch Bar, how do I get out of this mode?

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(as you can see the volume buttons are disabled).

  • Try going to Sound System Preference and see if you can drag the volume slider and change the volume there?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Jun 1, 2019 at 2:28
  • Those are not volume up down buttons those are sound ON/OFF buttons. Unfortunately I have no clue as to why they are greyed out Jun 1, 2019 at 11:08
  • Is your computer plugged into a monitor or do you have any kind of audio devices connected? Would be helpful to see your current sound output and if you’re available to adjust there (as Nimesh mentioned).
    – JBallin
    Jun 1, 2019 at 20:33

1 Answer 1


I experienced the same problem. The fix:

  • Open System Preferences > Sound
  • Select the Output tab
  • Select MacBook Pro Speakers (or another working output) under Select a device for sound output.

The cause: I connected my MBP to an external monitor, which, unbeknownst to me, had speakers of its own.

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