This is a discussion on MUTE button & Volume buttons within the iPad OS forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Tinman Well when u need to mute it is often needed quickly... It's not just for watching a movie. If I go ...
It's NOT the same thing.
The volume rocker switch adjusts TOTAL volume, including games, system sounds, music, and movies.
The mute switch mutes ONLY system sounds so you can listen to music and movies without having to hear clicks, taps, and beeps.