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Since I updated to Big Sur, my volume icon disappear and I always have to go on Preferences to display it again. I don't know what's the reason.

Is there a solution to that ? Is there a terminal command to make it appear again next time ?

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    It’s possible you’ve set it to only show when active. Go to System Preferences> Dock & Menu Bar > Sound and underneath the box Show in menu bar, make sure you’ve enabled it to show always. Otherwise the volume menu bar item will only show if you are actively turning it up/down and disappear from the menu bar other times – AVelj Dec 7 '20 at 5:23
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    I have the same problem. It disappears every time I restart the Mac. The solution above doesn't work because it is already set to always – Artem M Dec 7 '20 at 9:43
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    I have the same problem. Running on macOS 11.0.1. – Rodrigo Recio Dec 7 '20 at 19:33
  • Yep same problem. Utterly frustrating bug. – SacredGeometry Jan 21 at 16:53
  • do you have a lot of 3rd party menu items? – Natsfan Jan 23 at 1:27
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I know why this happens. Upon clicking the volume icon in the menu bar, if you misclick/misdrag anywhere but the allowable volume change slider it will interpret this as trying to rearrange the menu bar icon to another menu bar location.

My current "fix" is to use the open the control center menu and drag the volume back into the menu bar every time this happens.

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    omg 🤦‍♂️ how did u notice that lol – Iman Akbari Mar 26 at 15:42
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I noticed this only happened to me whenever I set Mac to reopen my windows after a restart.

This is weird, but if you really don't need to reopen your windows, then you can just uncheck that box when restarting or shutting down.

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  • Hi, as your reply doesn't give an option or an answer, you can just Upvote the original question and if needed you can comment on the original question too :) Welcome to StackExchange – Cassiano Montanari Jan 28 at 15:16
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I had this problem until I made the change that Aveij described and the icon has not had this problem since.

No idea why they made a change that makes a control that I use many times a day disappear.

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I also have the same problem; I need to go to System Preferences -> Sound -> Show volume in menu bar every the other day!

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    Hi, as your reply doesn't give an option or an answer, you can just Upvote the original question and if needed you can comment on the original question too :) Welcome to StackExchange – Cassiano Montanari Jan 28 at 15:15

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