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I have 3rd generation iPad pro. I use USB-C to HDMI adapter to connect my iPad to an external monitor with speaker.

The speaker on the monitor is so bad..I would love to use iPad speaker instead.

I've looked up everywhere, but it looks like there is no way to disable audio out to HDMI.

Is there a way to turn off HDMI audio out?

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Unfortunately not. As far as iOS is concerned, HDMI works at the device level, and responds according to the EDID of the display device - if the display announces via its EDID it handles audio as well, then the iPad will switch audio over to the display device, in accordance with HDCP and the HDMI spec.

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  • It seems to be the same with DisplayPort. I’m using a USB C to DisplayPort cable. It’s pretty bad because I can’t even hear audio on my Bluetooth headphones, so no workaround. On an iPad Air 4 from 2020. – Stan Nov 7 '20 at 13:23
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I’m using an iPad Pro 12.9” 3rd gen. I’ve found that I have the same behavior. I was able to manually switch the audio by going to control center, tap the audio sharing button and then select the built-in speakers or other connected device. I use my wireless headphones. It doesn’t always stick, but I’ve found once you set it, it tends to stay put.

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    You can not select iPad's built-in speaker. There is no such option. Maybe it is possible in future, but not at the moment June, 2020. – Hang Jun 30 '20 at 2:08
  • I was looking for this thank you. It worked. What he refers is the “publish” sign in the “now playing” box on control center. – JSBach Apr 28 at 15:03
  • Yes worked for me. If you have an external Bluetooth speaker – dacology May 22 at 9:36

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