Since a couple of days ago my volume icon has disappeared from Wingpanel. I know this issue has surfaced before, but the go-to solution (install indicator-sound) is of no use (indicator-sound correctly installed).

As an addition, this issue is not user-related, since it affects me even if I log into a guest session.

Any help to troubleshoot this?

As per requested edit:

apt-cache policy indicator-sound
  Installed: 12.10.2+14.04.20140401-0ubuntu1+elementary4~ubuntu0.3.1
  Candidate: 12.10.2+14.04.20140401-0ubuntu1+elementary4~ubuntu0.3.1
  Version table:
 *** 12.10.2+14.04.20140401-0ubuntu1+elementary4~ubuntu0.3.1 0
        999 http://ppa.launchpad.net/elementary-os/os-patches/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     12.10.2+14.04.20140401-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages

Update Dec.10: Just to let you know that the issue is still there. Despite Ravan's workarounds, the solution appears to work intermittently, meaning that every other reboot or so the volume icon doesn't show up. It's worth noticing that the service is active, though, because I can modify the volume via keyboard shortcuts. My feeling is that there's something wrong in Wingpanel and the way indicators are displayed or not.

  • Have you tried reinstall indicator-sound ?
    – Ravan
    Nov 30, 2015 at 15:41
  • Hello, @Giulio any update? Please have a look at the answer and let me know elementaryos.stackexchange.com/questions/2646/…
    – Ravan
    Dec 3, 2015 at 6:56
  • Nope, still not working. I have all the necessary packages correctly installed. Dec 4, 2015 at 9:07
  • As I was saying in my comment below, it must be an autostart issue. Dec 4, 2015 at 9:54
  • sorry, what do you mean?
    – Ravan
    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:04

1 Answer 1


The following are possible solutions:

  • Reinstall indicator-sound

    Open terminal and run:

    sudo apt-get install --reinstall indicator-sound
  • Install dconf

    sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

    Now open dconf:

    com --> canonical --> indicator--> sound --> visible


If still not working:

Also make sure the /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-sound.desktop file should be exactly like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Indicator Sound
AutostartCondition=GNOME3 unless-session gnome

Note: log out and log in

The problem is temporarily solved (see chat) after modifying /usr/share/upstart/xdg/autostart/indicator-sound.desktop and adding Pantheon to OnlyShowIn, like:


There will be three auto start options used by indicators


1st is from freedesktop std, should be started by session
2nd startup app lauched by upstart
3rd upstart (session mode) deprecated i think and replace by 2nd file so in this case 1st is not working
hard to say as I never traced similar thing

Reference Sneetsher post in AU

  • Everything looks fine on my part. Running the desktop file, though, made the icon appear on the panel. Looks like a matter of autostart after all. Nov 30, 2015 at 16:14
  • I have just edited my post, please have a look :)
    – Ravan
    Nov 30, 2015 at 16:15
  • If still anything not working, edit your post and add output of apt-cache policy indicator-sound
    – Ravan
    Nov 30, 2015 at 16:15
  • 1
    Had the same problem. (Re-)Installing indicator-sound worked for me.
    – mazienho
    Nov 30, 2015 at 17:18
  • Nothing works so far. Still no icon at boot. Dec 1, 2015 at 15:18

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