Apart from having your iPhone’s camera glitch, having an iPhone sound problem is another common and extremely frustrating issue that many Apple users report experiencing.
Some of the frequent concerns include:
- No ringing sound despite having the ringer on
- The speaker stopped working
- Music does not play unless headphones are being used
- Music does not play at all, but other apps with sounds work
- The volume bar is nowhere to be found
- The audio coming from the speaker is distorted
If you experience any of the above issues, we have 10 solutions on how to fix the sound on iPhone.
10 Ways On How To Fix The Sound on iPhone
1. Test Your Device’s Speaker and Your Audio Devices
Before anything else, it is important to establish if the issue is a software problem or a hardware problem via your iPhone's sound settings. You can check this by going to the Settings app, selecting Sounds & Haptics, and then scrolling down to the Ringer & Alerts section.
Under that section, tap and slide the volume to the right to increase the speaker volume. If there is a sound, your iPhone’s speakers are just fine and your audio issues may be with the specific app or external device. However, if you cannot hear any sound, then it may be a hardware issue that needs professional attention.
2. Check The Silent Mode Button
Oftentimes, iPhone users overlook the Ring/ Silent switch located on the left-hand side of the device. This can be easily toggled on and off by accident. If you see a red line, then that means that it is in silent mode. However, the absence of a red line means that it is in Ring mode.
After which, turn up the volume buttons right below the Ring/ Silent switch.
3. Restart Your iPhone
If toggling the switch did not work, try turning your iPhone off and then wait for 30 seconds before turning it back on. If this is just a temporary glitch with the audio, then a simple restart should do the trick.
4. Try Using Your Headphones
There have been many instances wherein an iPhone efficiently plays music only when the earphones or headphones are plugged in – but once unplugged, the audio goes back to not working. This means that the device is stuck on “headphone mode” and needs a little refreshing to snap out of it.
If this is the case, try inserting the earphones into the headphone jack and then quickly pull them out. Repeat this a few times.
5. Clean Out Your Speaker
It could also be that there is a build-up of dust and other objects on your iPhone speaker, preventing it from efficiently letting any sound out. Take a brush to carefully sweep off any debris from the receiver mesh, lightning connector, and speaker.
Ensure that your brush is clean, dry, and has soft bristles before applying it to the device. You may also use a little bit of rubbing alcohol or acetone to get stubborn dirt off.
6. Turn Off The Bluetooth Mode
Because Bluetooth devices can sometimes get paired automatically, double-check that your iPhone is not connected to any nearby Bluetooth device. To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings, select General, and switch Bluetooth to OFF.
7. Turn Off AirPlay Mode
Similar to Bluetooth, you may not realise that your device is connected to a nearby external audio output. To turn off AirPlay, go to your Control Center by sliding up on your iPhone screen, select the AirPlay icon on the top-right corner, and select iPhone.
8. Update your iOS device
A lot of the apps we have stored on our phone, even those built in, tend to malfunction or glitch when they are running on an outdated operating system. Check to see if there are any updates available for your iPhone and follow the steps.
You can do so by going to Settings, selecting General, and then clicking on Software Update.
9. Turn Off Do Not Disturb Mode or Focus Feature
Perhaps when you were hard at work, you left the Do Not Disturb or Focus feature on without putting them back off afterwards, This can cause the audio to stop until you opt back in.
You can turn this off by accessing your Control Center, which varies depending on which iPhone model you currently have. Once you have located the Control Center, select the Do Not Disturb button to turn it off. Similarly, tap on other Focus modes that may be on to disable it.
10. Check The Sound Settings on Third-Party Apps
If the missing audio only happens while utilising a specific app, then it may have something to do with that app itself. Here are different ways to check the sound settings depending on the type of app it is:
For messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, and the like, check the sound settings within the app to see what Notification sound you opted into and that “None” is not selected.
For gaming apps, double-check that you did not mute the audio or turn off any music settings.
If The Audio Issues Persist
In the event that none of the above solutions work to restore your iPhone sound, it may be time to try other methods that may seem less favourable.
Restore Your iPhone to A Previous Backup
If you have been backing up your iPhone, it may be best to restore it to when the audio was still functioning. However, the downside to this method is that you will end up losing any data that was added to your device after having made the specific backup.
If there is no important data that cannot be replaced, then it may be best to try it out.
Reset All Of The Settings on Your iPhone
This is the last solution that you may want to consider. Head over to your iPhone Settings and Reset it all. However, ensure that you DO NOT select the Erase All Content and Settings option in order to keep all your data.
If that does not work, then you may need to try resetting it again but this time, erase all the content and set up your iPhone from scratch as if it were brand new.
You’re All Set!
Of course, to save you the time and effort in figuring out how to fix the sound on iPhone, you can always contact apple support or send it into a specialist in order to have a thorough diagnosis and get down to the root of the problem.
Here at Square Repair, we offer a general diagnosis, along with specific repairs for all kinds of iPhone models, Select your device below for more information!