iPhone speaker not working? 5 fixes to try

Most iPhone models are high performance products. However, like any other device, they are also vulnerable to attacks, malfunctions, and failures.

One of these problems is when the iPhone speaker is not working. However, the exact cause of this problem may need some troubleshooting to discover.

In this guide, we will list some of the causes of the iPhone speaker not working problem and some of the fixes that you can try to get the speaker working again.

What causes iPhone speaker not working problem?

Many things can cause your iPhone speakers to not work. In most cases, you may have to do a bit of troubleshooting to determine the exact cause. However, there are some typical hardware and software related causes including:

Someone holding an iPhone to their ear
  • Broken or damaged speaker
  • iPhone stuck in headset mode
  • Volume is too low or Mute is enabled
  • Do Not Disturb feature is on
  • Software glitch
  • Open clogged or dirty speakers
  • iPhone is transmitting audio through another device

How to fix iPhone speaker not working

Before we get into specific fixes, please try the following quick checks to make sure it’s not something else causing the problem with the speaker.

  • Check if the speaker or receiver opening is dirty or clogged, and clean it with a soft, dry bristle brush.
  • Plug your headphones into the headphone jack and quickly pull them out.
  • Restart your iPhone to resolve any software glitches.
  • Move the Ringtones and Alerts sliders in your iPhone settings and listen for the sound. If you hear sound, the speaker will work. If there is no sound, the speaker may have been damaged and may need service.
  • Check the volume. If the volume goes down too low to be heard, adjust it using the volume buttons on your iPhone. You can also increase the volume using Siri by saying “Hey Siri, turn up the volume”.
  • Check if the screen protector or film covers the microphone as they can also cause audio problems.
Speaker of iPhone
  • Check if the Ringer/Silent or Mute switch is pushed to the back of your iPhone. If it is and you see orange next to the switch, it means your device is set to silent mode. To unmute the sound, push the switch towards the screen and check if the speakers work again.
  • Check your app’s sound settings for notifications on your device. If they are set to No, select the sound and check if the speaker works.
  • If you have third-party apps on your iPhone, check their sound settings as many apps come with separate settings for music, volume, ambient sound, and sound effects.
  • Check that Do Not Disturb (DND) mode is enabled and disable it. When enabled, DND mode mutes many notifications and sounds. If you don’t hear any sound, open Setting > Do not disturb and convert it to Turn off.
  • Update iOS to the latest version.

first. Turn off silent mode when switching unknown callers

The Unknown Caller Silence feature mutes all calls from unknown numbers to help you avoid automated calls and spam calls. When enabled, you won’t hear calls from unknown numbers that aren’t stored in the Contacts app.

To disable this feature, open Setting > Phone and click Silence unknown callers switch it off.

Switch to Silent for Unknown Callers

2. Turn off Bluetooth

When Bluetooth is on, your iPhone speaker cannot play sound because your device is sending audio to another Bluetooth enabled speaker. In this case, turning off Bluetooth will disconnect from the speakerphone and play sound through your iPhone’s speakers.

You can turn off Bluetooth on your iPhone via Setting > Bluetooth and turn the switch to Turn off or tap the Bluetooth icon in Control Center to turn off Bluetooth.

Bluetooth Switch

3. Disconnect from AirPlay device

If your iPhone is streaming audio through an AirPlay device, the speakers may not work. If that’s the case, disconnecting from AirPlay devices may fix the problem.

  1. Open Control Center and find AirPlay Icon. If the icon is blue, it means your iPhone is connected to an AirPlay device.
AirPlay icon in Control Panel
  1. Clap Turn off AirPlay mirroring to disconnect from any AirPlay devices and play back audio through your iPhone speakers.
Reflection stop button

4. Remove headset mode

When your iPhone is stuck in Headphone Mode, you may see a message showing your headphone volume even if you haven’t connected your headphones yet. In such cases, the error can cause your device to send audio to the headphones even when they are not plugged in.

Headphone volume monitor

You can solve this problem by cleaning the headphone jack, plugging in headphones, and quickly unplugging them.

5. Reset iPhone settings

If you’ve tried all the fixes so far and your iPhone speakers still aren’t working, try resetting all iPhone settings including sound, network, and display settings to defaults.

Open Setting > Shared > Reset > Reset all settings.

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<p><strong>Note</strong>: Resetting all your iPhone settings doesn’t delete your media files, messages, and apps.</p>
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If none of these tips fix the problem, you can factory reset your iPhone, get online technical support from Apple, or make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store.

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