iPhone No Sound Problem/ Issues Steps and Solutions

If you have no sound on your iPhone 3 / 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C/ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus volume bar it is unbelievably frustrating as you most probably already know. I have been looking for cures over the web there are many out there, below you will find a list of all these including the one that worked for me. Also the list is in chronological order of what seems to be most successful. It is a process of elimination but it has to be done.

The symptoms of iPhone no sound Problem/ Issues include:
– iPhone will ring but speaker will not work for anything else.
– iPhone no sound at all for calls, apps, music etc
– iPhone no sound as stuck in headphone mode
Follow these steps and hopefully your iPhone will be back to its prior glory.

iPhone No Sound Step 1,

Loud/ Silent switch on exterior of iPhone is switched to silent mode which is orange. If so flick the other way to loud mode. This is a step that so many people miss, but it is the most simplest.

iPhone No Sound Step 2,

Restart the iPhone. Hold the power switch and home button together for 10 seconds. This will restart your iPhone, you wil not lose any media, contacts, data, etc. If there is a temporary glitch on the iPhone this will eliminate that glitch. Also if there is a glitch this may help terminate a temporary glitch

iPhone No Sound Step 3,

Reset iPhone. Go to settings> general> reset> reset all settings. Make sure to backup your iPhone to the cloud / iTunes as this will wipe your media, music and apps although photos will be left on the iPhone. This is a follow on to step 2 and another way you will be able to eliminate the glitch on the iPhone.

iPhone No Sound Step 4,

This one is a bit weird but it worked for me for a while and has worked successfully for other people. Squeeze the bottom right hand corner of the phone above where the speaker is. The left Side is a mic not a speaker so don’t worry about that side. Hold that grip for about 20 seconds. This is done as the connector may be loose and had to be repositioned correctly. Yes strange but most of these solutions are. You can follow the authors Instagram feed @lastverdict .

iPhone No Sound Step 5,

Use a tooth brush to clean the docking area where you charge your iPhone. With dirt, dust, grime and so on it may block the connectors working correctly and makes the phone think it is on a music dock. When you do this do it gently and get the bristles into there good. Also if you use rubbing alcohol, acetone or methylated spirits it will help get all the extra dirt out. As these products evaporate it will not do damage to the connectors. Do not use mineral terps when cleaning as it is oil based and will not dry!! This seems to be one of the most successful solutions.

iPhone No Sound Step 6,

Get your headphones and insert them into the headphone jack and then quickly pull them out. Continue this for a couple of minutes as sometimes it gets stuck in headphone mode so this normally undoes that. Also this may remove any dust or grime that may have been lodged in there.


You can also view a comprehensive tutorial to fix the iPhone sound issue here

iPhone No Sound Step 7,

Restore your iPhone on iTunes. Click on your iPhone icon when plugged into iTunes and go to restore. If you do this make sure your iPhone is backed up as YOU will loose all data, media, contacts, pics, and so on. This puts your iPhone back to factory settings. This is similar to step 3 as it is a full reset of the device, this should help eliminate any glitch that have have come out in a recent update such as iOS7 or iOS8. Also when doing this step check for updates.

iPhone No Sound Step 8,

Jailbreak your iPhone to find the file directories that are causing the fault. By doing this you are deleting the file that is making the iPhone think it is on a dock. You will still be able to use music docking station etc. If you have a jail broken iPhone or willing to do it then this will be the best option for you. Very simple video and easy to follow, to jailbreak follow my simple tutorial.

iPhone No Sound Step 9,

This worked for me!! The squeezing step worked for me for a small amount of time. Not much else worked so thought I would try my own cure…. An old hair dryer!! Turn on low heat and hover over the speaker outlet for about 5 minutes. I also did the headphone jack as well. There must of been some residual moisture build up which the hair dryer eliminated. The speaker was sputtering on and off during this time but finally came to life :)

iPhone No Sound Step 10,

It may be a hardware problem and simply need to get a replacement through your provider or apple support. This no sound and speaker is getting more known know by Apple there is a good chance you may get a replacement or a hardware fix.

iPhone No Sound Step 11,

If iPhone still has no sound there is always ultimate elimination… Not endorsed. See below….

**** UPDATE **** 16/03/14

Thank you everyone for such an overwhelming response! Also to those that have put up there own solutions that have worked for there iPhones. Initially when I created this website I did not envision the large response of people with the same issues. So here are some new solutions and steps that are popular on the comment feed.

iPhone No Sound Solution

iphone no sound solution

As dirt and grime like to build up in the charging connectors of the iPhone it is necessary to clean it out. Similar to the step with cleaning it with a toothbrush you will be using compressed air instead. The best and easiest way you can do this is to blow air out your mouth with a good force into where the iPhone would get charged. Do this for 1 minute to insure that it removes any dust or dirt particles. After that, plug and unplug your charger into the slot about 5-10 times.

iPhone No Sound Solution 

iphone no sound solution

This is similar to the step above but you will be cleaning out the headphone jack on the iPhone instead of the charging connectors. As above blow into the headphone jack for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, this should vanish any dust or dirt that is lodged in there. Once that is done insert a ear bud/ q tip into the headphone jack and twist for about 30 seconds.  That should dislodge any other dirt or grime that the blowing process may have missed.


These are just some of the steps I have found and come up with which have shown success for iPhones with no sound. Hope they help :) You can follow the authors Instagram feed @lastverdict .


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  1. Supercoop

    Tried squeezing and restart and think that might have worked. Will also do the headphone jack and charger methods as well. BUT in the process I also pulled up from the bottom (having read Ian’s post) and discovered the “Do Not Disturb” button was also turned to on – so turned it off. Hopefully combined approach may have worked!!

  2. Ahsan

    My I phone 5s loud spekar not working during call you plez help me

  3. Ahsan

    My I phone 5s loud spekar not working during call
    plez help me

  4. Jessica

    Hiya I’m having the same problem with the loud speaker not working during calls.. I have tried all of the above. Anyone know of anything else?

  5. Erica

    holy shit. step 4 worked for me! it was so simple thank you so much. who would have though to squeeze the corner of your phone

  6. Chad

    Awesome! step 4 worked for me too!

  7. Lucas

    The vacume thing works

  8. Shak

    My I phone 5 suddenly developed the “no sound” , can’t hear the caller problem yesterday. I tried everything until I found this site. I went through all the solutions on this site and ” HAIR DRYER ” tip just worked on my iPhone 5. “Happy Days” !, excellent site.

  9. Jennifer

    Put a magnet bottom right corner will make the sound come back on keep the magnet on the phone for up to 5 minutes.

  10. dennisgundersen

    the 3rd solution went fine for my iphone 6 plus… thank you very much

  11. Benjie

    Nothing happen

  12. LPsoldier

    O my gosh! Step no. 1,i only had to do that. Never thought about that button.

  13. Marian

    nothing has worked

  14. Larry

    What worked for me is to connect to Bluetooth in my car, then turn off the car and wait a few minutes. I tried all the approaches (but not heat or factory reset) because heat is bad for electronics and a factory reset is last resort.

  15. Mike

    thank you so much. the hair dryer worked! I had gone running in the rain with my iPhone strapped in a runners protective sleeve; however, the velcro strap that holds the phone in doesn’t cover the speaker outlet holes or headphone jack.

  16. Beth

    Thank you for the voice memo suggestion!! After 4 hours of updates, resets, blow drying, etc, I found the problem was as simple as touching the button in the voice memos.

  17. Mark

    Turn Bluetooth off then on again. Works every time on my iPhone 6.

  18. Mano Ranjitha

    Thank you so much for posting these. Let’s just say I am not maintaining my phone in good shape. I have slow touch a little cracks here and there in the corners and suddenly phone has no sounds. I thought this is it. Then I tried every step, that headset pulling off thing worked for me. Thank you so much for your suggestion :)



  20. Sandra

    THANK YOU! Easy to follow instructions and Step 4 took care of the problem. Never would have thought to do that?!!

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  22. Jacqueline

    This is an ongoing problem with my phone- squeezing the speaker just worked!! I usually can clean the ports/ do the ear bud in and out of the headphone jack thing, but nothing’s been working and I have had no sound for 3 days. Thanks!!!

  23. Sheila

    Yay for a combination of steps 5, 6, and 9! I might have dropped my phone in the snow ;-) No sound except ringtone which clued me into the headphone jack thing. After two years I’m sure the alcohol got a bunch of grime out of the charging connector too (that was also starting to act buggy, before the snow). Thank you so much for posting and saving my phone!

  24. Nichole

    omg life saver , the hair dryer worked for me !

  25. Penny

    When i get a call everything works but the headpiece itself… it works on speaker and in headphone mode but wont work when i put it to my ear its like its a deadline… but ppl on the other end of the phone can hear me but i cant hear them… non of these worked…. help!!!

  26. Aggie

    Tried all the steps and the last one finally did it! Yes! Thank you :)

  27. Rai Of Sunshine

    Thank you! Step 2…..”Restart” solved my sound problems! Very helpful!

  28. Jannah

    Thank you!! Step 1.. It helps for new user like myself…

  29. Megan

    I need help sound is only working when receiving a incoming call, alarms and voice nemos anyone tried resetting phone anyone have any ideas

  30. Dimitrios

    Step 4 worked! I’m so impressed i feel like i hit an aeroplane with a slingshot. Thanks a lot man

  31. Cindy

    I restarted, pressed the left side, reset settings, brushed and blow dried the charger area, and pull in and out charger for like 3 times while praying and finally it worked! thank God for u guys! And for Google too. ☺️

  32. Holly

    I turned off the Bluetooth and it started working

  33. Clive Rogers

    Thanks for the tips. Sanity almost restored.

  34. Nasir

    My iPhone is 4 . Volume buttons are not
    working I mean music button is not working . I can’t do up down . But ringtone is ok .can you pls help ?

  35. Mollie

    Hoorah for the hairdryer… Tried headphones squeezing right hand corner if phone, calling phone and cotton buds first to no avail… Hoorah hairdryer worked !!!! Thanks

  36. Don

    My phone rings but does not give sounds when an SMS or emails arrive – very annoying.

  37. Chris

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holding down the right corner for 20+ seconds fixed ALL my issues! Seemed like an odd fix but it worked. :))

  38. Mikus

    Hello my iPhone 4s not sounds but then when me call then is sound. What I do?

  39. Kaine

    Thank you for the help. No idea which tip actually resolved the problem but I tried most of them you listed and on had worked. I appreciate it man. ✌️

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