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12 Efficient Ways to Fix iPhone Sound Not Working
Sound is an important aspect of your iPhone that alerts you of calls and notifications, lets you groove to music, and more. Hence, it can be frustrating if your iPhone’s sound stops working suddenly. While such issues may lead you to believe there are hardware problems, in most cases, the software is the culprit.
If your iPhone has no sound, this guide provides quick and easy fixes to resolve the issue. Let’s get started.
1. Check Sound Settings
To begin, check the sound settings on your iPhone to ensure the volume isn’t on the lowest level. Open the Settings app and go to Sounds & Haptics. Test your speaker by adjusting the slider under Ringtone and Alert Volume.
If you are unable to hear a sound or if the speaker icon under Ringtone and Alert Volume is dimmed, your iPhone speaker may need cleaning.
2. Clean Speakers
Dirt and debris on your iPhone’s speaker can cause distorted or no sound. Clean the speakers with a soft-bristled brush and a microfiber cloth. Remove the case if you have one. Then, check if the sound works.
Ensure that the Ring/Silent switch isn’t set to Silent mode. If the side switch is orange, your iPhone is set to silent. Move the switch toward the display to set it to Ring mode. A message will then appear on your iPhone that says Ring mode on.
4. Restart Your iPhone
Sometimes, software glitches or background processes can cause anomalies. If so, restarting your iPhone should help.
To restart an iPhone X or newer model, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and one volume button. Then, use the slider to power off the iPhone. On older iPhones, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the slider appears, then use it to shut down the iPhone.
5. Turn Off Focus Mode
Focus Mode is a useful feature that silences calls and notifications, so you can focus on your work uninterrupted. If you accidentally enable Focus Mode, you may miss incoming calls, text messages, and other app notifications. Simply swipe down from the top right corner of the screen and tap the crescent moon icon in the Control Center to disable Focus Mode.
6. Turn Off Bluetooth
If Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone, there might be a connected device that is producing audio. To stop receiving sound from your iPhone, disable Bluetooth in Settings > Bluetooth.
7. Check Notification Settings for Apps
Is your iPhone not making any sound for app notifications? Check the notification settings for your apps. If you set the notification sound in WhatsApp to None, your WhatsApp alerts won’t have a sound, giving the impression that the sound on your iPhone is not working. It’s a good idea to check the notification settings for these apps.
If the no-sound issue on your iPhone is limited to a specific app, try restarting it. This can resolve the issue if it’s caused by a temporary app glitch.
To restart the app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home Screen button twice to open the app switcher. Then, swipe upwards on the problematic app to close it.
Reopen the app and check if the sound is working.
It’s important to keep your iPhone updated for the latest features and bug fixes. To check for updates, open Settings, go to General, and tap on Software Update to download and install pending updates.
While updating your apps, consider installing the latest improvements. Open the App Store on your iPhone, tap your profile picture, and scroll down to tap Update All to install pending app updates.
10. Check Your iPhone for Liquid Damage
The sound on your iPhone may stop working if it has been exposed to water or extreme humidity, causing damage to the speaker. This can also result in the iPhone being stuck in headphone mode. It is recommended to have your iPhone checked at the Apple service center.
Resetting your iPhone is an effective way to fix most issues, including this one. It will remove all custom settings and restore order. To reset your iPhone, follow these steps: Step 1: Open the Settings menu and go to General.
Step 2: Go to ‘Transfer or Reset iPhone’.
Step 3: Tap Reset and select Reset All Settings from the menu. Enter your passcode to initiate the process.
12. Perform a Factory Reset
If none of the fixes have worked, consider factory resetting your iPhone as a last resort. This process deletes all your personal data, so back up your iPhone before proceeding.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap General.
Step 2: Select ‘Transfer or Reset iPhone’.
To restore your iPhone to its original state, follow these steps:
Step 3: Tap ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ and follow the prompts to complete the factory reset.
FAQs on Sound Not Working on iPhone
1. How do I unmute my iPhone?
The easiest way to unmute your iPhone is by moving the Ring/Silent switch towards the screen.
2. Why can’t I hear audio during calls on my iPhone?
If the volume on your iPhone is low or if audio is being transmitted to a Bluetooth device, like headphones, you won’t hear any sound during calls.
Sound-related issues should not prevent you from receiving important calls and notifications. Unless it’s a hardware issue, one of the above fixes should restore the sound on your iPhone. Let us know which solution worked for you in the comments below.
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