Is the sudden inability to hear anything on your iPhone something you’re currently experiencing? You might notice this when you’re on the phone, playing a game, or listening to music. This is usually the result of a glitch in the program or some tweaks you make to your own configuration. When the audio on your iPhone stops functioning, this tutorial will show you how to fix the problem.
Best Ways To Fix iPhone Sound Not Working
1. Check the Volume Level
The first thing you should do is check the iPhone’s volume level. After you’ve done that, check the case for your phone. According to numerous accounts, the case can cause the phone’s volume buttons to be accidentally pressed while in the pocket, resulting in the phone going silent.
2. Clean Your Speaker and Headphone Jack
Your iPhone’s speaker grill and headphone jack are common places for dust and debris to accumulate and eventually render them inoperable. Maybe if you clean both parts of your iPhone, the sound will work again. You can accomplish this with common household items like a toothbrush, cotton bud, or gentle brush.
3. Restart Your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone may be necessary if the sound problem continues after you have cleaned the speakers. If you do this, your speaker should work properly when you boot up the computer, regardless of whether there are conflicts with apps or the OS. Additionally, you can check out our guide that outlines four distinct methods for restarting an iPhone.
4. Check Your Sound Profile
You might be in Do Not Disturb (DND) mode or on silent if your media or game sound is working fine but you aren’t hearing incoming calls or app notifications. This is how you verify:
Find out if your iPhone is in silent mode by looking at the status of the alert slider on the side of your device. The phone is in silent mode if you see the orange color. Restoring sound for calls and notifications is as easy as sliding the slider upward, which will put your phone in ringing mode.
Additionally, it’s important to verify the volume level on your iPhone. Even if the Alert Slider is in Ring mode, you may not hear any sound if the volume has been set to zero. To check that,
- navigate to Settings >
- Sounds & Haptics.
- If you see the Ringtone and Alerts volume level set to low or zero,
- use the slider to increase the volume.
- Also, ensure the Change with Buttons toggle is disabled so that you don’t accidentally silence the iPhone.
As for checking whether the iPhone is in DND mode,
- swipe down from the top right corner of your screen to open the Control Center
- then tap the Focus tile.
- Now if you see the “On” status over the Do Not Disturb tile,
- simply tap on it to disable the DND mode.
5. Check In-App Sound Settings
Many games and apps have volume controls that let you change the level within the app itself, rather than affecting the system volume. As you can see in the screenshot below, even though my iPhone is set to maximum volume, the game I’m playing right now has the volume set to low or zero.
If you’re using your iPhone to watch videos, listen to music, or play games, you should check to see if you’ve accidentally changed the in-app sound settings.
6. Reinstall the App
It could be the app’s fault if the iPhone’s built-in audio isn’t functioning properly. Apps often have bugs, but luckily, most of the time, all it takes to fix them is an update. But if that doesn’t work, you can always download the app again from the App Store and try again.
In case you don’t know how to uninstall an app,
- Just tap and hold an app for a few seconds until a menu shows up,
- then select the Remove App option.
7. Turn Off Bluetooth
If you’re having trouble hearing, check to see if your iPhone has automatically linked to any Bluetooth devices—headphones, speakers, or earbuds—that could be blocking the sound. The Bluetooth device’s volume control might be in the mute position as well. Hence, to see if this fixes the problem with the sound on your iPhone, turn off Bluetooth.
8. Check Notification Settings
If you’re having problems with notification sounds, check to see if you’ve enabled or disabled notification sounds for the app.
You can check this by navigating to Settings > Notifications and selecting the specific app where the sound is not working.
9. Reset All Settings
According to what we’ve observed, incorrect system configurations can occasionally cause device anomalies. You might also find this to be true with your iPhone. To try and fix the sound problem, we suggest going into your phone’s settings and erasing everything. The steps to accomplish this are as follows:
- 1. Launch the iPhone Settings app and then navigate to General > Transfer or Resest iPhone option.
- 2. Next, hit the Reset option and select the Reset All Settings option.
- 3. If asked enter the passcode and hit the Reset All Settings option again to confirm your decision.
After that, your iPhone will restart and it should most likely fix the ongoing sound issue with your iPhone.
10. Update Your iPhone
A glitch in iOS could be to blame if your iPhone’s sound isn’t functioning. In most cases, Apple releases an update to fix these kinds of problems quickly. There may be new updates for your iPhone, so you might want to check for them. Just to accomplish that,
- go to Settings
- > General
- > Software Update.
If the update is available, hit the Install Now button. Hopefully, this will fix the sound issue on your iPhone
11. Factory Reset Your iPhone
The last resort in troubleshooting is to do a factory reset on your iPhone if updating it or resetting its settings does not fix the sound problem. By resetting your device to factory settings, you should fix any lingering software errors or configuration problems that may be causing the sound problem.
NOTE: Resetting your iPhone will erase all media, content, and settings from it. Therefore, back up your files before proceeding.
Here’s how to factory reset your iPhone:
- 1. Navigate to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- 2. Next, tap on the Erase All Content and Settings option and then tap Continue.
- 3. Enter the passcode, and on the following screen, it will back up all your data to iCloud. You can either wait for it to complete or choose the Skip Backup option.
- 4. Lastly, enter your Apple ID password and then select the Erase iPhone option to confirm your decision.
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