iPhones have been known to be one of the most reliable smartphones of all time, but, now and then everything is inevitably going to give you a hard time. I love iPhones but sometimes they start glitching out on you, and one of the most common problems that I’ve heard is that the iPhone speakers are not working or no sound is coming from the iPhone.
If you are facing the same problem on your iPhone 6, 6s or iPhone 7 then you have come to the right place, today I am going to list some steps which will help get your iPhone’s speakers to sing again.
Okay so let us start the list with the easiest and the least risky method;
Making sure the Media Volume is Full
Okay, so a lot of people don’t know that when you raise or lower the volume using the volume rocker on the home screen, it actually adjusts the ringer volume and not the media volume.
You might not be hearing anything because the media volume is set all the way to the lowest point and you keep raising the ringer volume instead.
You can increase the media volume a couple of ways;
You can use the volume rocker to increase the media volume when a song or a video is playing.
Alternately, you can hop into the control center and use the volume bar on the media card to raise the volume.
If you don’t want to do this every single time and prefer controlling the media volume using the volume rocker no matter where you are in the operating system, you can do so by flipping a toggle in the Settings app.
Just go to the settings app and go to sounds and haptics, in there you will find a ‘change with buttons’ toggle under the ringer alerts header. Just switch that to off, and you won’t have to worry about making sure you are changing the media volume and not the ringer volume.
So that’s Settings > Sounds and Haptics > Ringer Alerts > Change With Buttons.
If doing all this does not fix the sound issue on your iPhone then try soft resetting your iPhone.
So we come to the next step of the list,
Soft Resetting The iPhone.
Many problems can be fixed with this method.
Whenever your iPhone is acting up or is getting slow and laggy, and apps are crashing, a soft reset can usually fix the problem.
The method for soft resetting the iPhone is different for different models.
Both the methods are listed below:
Soft reset method for iPhone 7 and 7 plus:
With the introduction of a haptic home button, the method for soft resetting the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has changed. To soft reset, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, just hold down the power key and the volume down key for 15 seconds, till the screen goes black and don’t let go of the keys till the apple logo shows up.
That’s Power Key + Volume Down Key.
Soft reset method for iPhone 6s, 6s plus, 6, 6 plus, 5se, 5s, 4s and 4:
To soft reset, any iPhone released before the iPhone 7, just hold down the power key and the home button instead of the volume down key for 15 seconds, till the screen goes black and don’t let go of the keys till the apple logo shows up.
That’s Power Key + Home Button.
If this method does not work for you the then chances are that your issue is not software related but instead is a hardware issue.
The following method should fix the sound issue for you.
Checking The Headphone Jack for Corrosion.
If the headphone jack of your iPhone has been exposed to excessive dust or water, then there is a chance that the contact pins inside the headphone jack have been corroded together which tricks the iPhone into thinking that headphones are connected.
This might be the reason no audio is being routed through the phone’s speakers. Instead, the phone is sending all the audio signals to the headphone jack expecting it to output the sound to headphones which are not actually connected.
You can check if you have this issue by going to the home screen and changing the volume using the volume rocker, and if the volume heads up display shows ‘Headphones’ instead of ‘Ringer’, then it means that there is corrosion in the headphone jack of your iPhone.
To Fix this, you can do Two Things:
1. Keep plugging the headphones in and removing them while pressing the volume rocker till the Headphone pop up changes to the Ringer pop up.
2. If the first step fails, take a cotton swab or a Q-tip and remove some of the cotton from the tip till it is just thick enough to fit into the headphone jack.
Moisten the tip with a little bit of water and insert the swab into the headphone jack and play around with it with the goal of cleaning the headphone jack from the inside. Do this while pressing the volume rocker till the Headphone pop up changes to the Ringer pop up.
This should remove any corrosion or the dust from your iPhone’s headphone jack, and the iPhone should start sending the audio signals to the speakers.
If even cleaning out the headphone jack fails then your last resort is to do a factory reset of the iPhone and hope that fixes the no sound issue.
Factory Resetting the iPhone.
Doing a factory reset of your iPhone is pretty straightforward.
Just go to the settings application and in the General tab scroll down to the Reset tab and tap on Erase all content and settings.
That’s Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
If a factory reset does not fix iPhone sound not working problem, your phone has a hardware issue, most probably there is something wrong with the speaker connection.
If none you the steps mentioned reviving your iPhone’s speakers then you will have to send in the phone to Apple or a hardware shop for repair.