I have recently installed a fresh ubuntu 14.04. But the volume icon is missing.

  • I can hear all kinds of sounds (rythmbox, youtube videos,...) ...
  • I have already tried to install the package indicator-sound and is already installed and updated.
  • I can change the volume using the alsamixer command, but is not practical...

Any idea would be of great help. Thanks in advance.

  • Hey Joan, did any of the answers work?
    – Tim
    May 4, 2015 at 13:39

8 Answers 8


Execute in terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.sound visible true
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    No such schema 'com.canonical.indicator.sound' May 8, 2016 at 5:25
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    I got the same warning first, and after run cmd as below first then the cmd above can be executed : sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    – zhihong
    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:04
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    Do you have an idea why the icon can sometimes disappear? Oct 10, 2016 at 6:46
  • Also works on 16.04. Oct 4, 2017 at 7:05

Go to System Settings->Sound. Then disable and re-enable the checkbox "Show sound volume in the menu bar" in the bottom left corner.

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    I can't see that button... I also doubt this will solve their problem, they have tried reinstalling etc...
    – Tim
    May 4, 2015 at 13:39
  • In my case, this checkbox had been disabled after the upgrade from 15.04 to 15.10. So this helped me. Thank you the answer !
    – jplandrain
    Mar 14, 2016 at 7:34

In my case I removed and reinstalled pulseaudio because I was having issues with sound in Chrome. The solution to bring back the sound icon was the following:

  1. From Cacus' answer above,run:

    sudo apt-get install indicator-sound
  2. From Tomvo's answer above do:

    gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.sound visible true
  3. To make sure audio setting is available in control center do:

    sudo apt-get install unity-control-center
  4. Logout and back in.

  • ...And the las line too! It solved my "empty" Settings problem. So two problems are solved. Now I still have to solve the soundcard-related problem - Dummy Output. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 Feb 16, 2019 at 6:08

You can try do this command:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

if not show restart Ubuntu :)

  • Thanks ! It worked ! I guess the sound icon disappeared when I uninstalled evolution from my Ubuntu...
    – Joan
    Jun 15, 2014 at 16:15
  • That answer, worked but the problem rised again after computer restart. Chceking my /var/log/syslog file... I found that error: Aug 3 00:39:06 joan-desktop pulseaudio[4077]: [pulseaudio] core-util.c: Home directory not accessible: S’ha denegat el permís And finally I found the solution in this link link
    – Joan
    Aug 2, 2014 at 22:48

If your sound, wifi and bluetooth sensor are missing and you have Linux Studio or any other Linux that has the Xfwm4 window manager follow this instructions

  1. Right-click on the top bar in any empty space and select Panel --> Add New Items

Here you have two options

  1. Select Indicator Plugin or Audio Mixer or drag and place it in the top bar and now you can see it in the top right corner

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Right-click on the top bar in any empty space Sound Icon now appears on the top right corner

After you have added the panels that you need you can relocate them by location right-clicking on it an select Move to relocate it.

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sudo apt-get install alsa-base* indicator-sound* libcanberra-pulse* osspd* osspd-pulseaudio* pulseaudio* pulseaudio-module-bluetooth* pulseaudio-module-x11* unity-control-center* unity-control-center-signon* webaccounts-extension-common* xul-ext-webaccounts*

see this link by Mythux See how to bring back


Changing the icon theme often makes icons visible. But this may change your system appearance drastically.

  • in 15.10, different themes hide the icon on my desktop. I installed "unity-tweak-tool". Used the tool to select the Radiance theme with gnome-colours-common icons. voila. sound icon reappeared.
    – rob grune
    Jan 13, 2016 at 12:55
  • I understand that the themes may hide icons and text (I have a problem with Ubuntu Software Center but...) the question was answered correctly in June 2014 - the OP never marked this post as having been correctly answered. Jan 16, 2016 at 16:23

For me, as a matter of record for others,

right-click on the top menu bar select "Add to Panel" select "Indicator Applet Complete" from the list click "Add", the close

Now the Volume Control is up there.


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