iPhone No Sound Problem/ Issues Steps and Solutions

If you have no sound on your iPhone 3 / 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 / 5S 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.





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.







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. Do this for a couple of minutes as sometimes it gets stuck in headphone mode so this normally undoes that.




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.





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:)



iPhone No Sound Step 10,

It may be a hardware problem and simply need to get a replacement through your provider or apple support.






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 :)





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  1. Rob

    My Ipod Touch simply thought it was docked. I plugged it in to the computer and unplugged it. Sound came right back. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Havarna

    You are amazing! The toothbrush step worked for me! This is the best support page ever! :)

  3. Belle

    I tried all of the above. I still have no sound out the bottom speaker. My vibration is weak too. How do I do a diagnostic test to find out if it is the speaker that needs replaced?

  4. Kevin

    Sometimes a media app will be turned all the way down, and cause every volume to turn down as well. I’ve had this problem a few times, all turn out to be some kind of software glitch. First time, my music was turned all the way down (even though i hadnt touched the music app in a while). Second time, it was my YouTube. Keep this method in mind, it might help you lol

  5. phim kinh di

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  6. George Jones

    My I 5 is about a week old . The key board does no click as of last night .can barely hear beep when dialing a#.speaker very soft as well please advice

  7. Mark

    You are the man, the toothbrush step worked for me! thanks for the help

  8. Steph

    None of these work for my phone, and I don’t want to replace it yet but I do really want my sound back, are there any other things I could try?

  9. Sarah

    Thank you for this most helpful step number 2 worked for me. For what it’s worth my no sound problem happened shortly after dropping the phone in its otter case very briefly in water

  10. Valeria

    Hello. I have a question i hope someone can answer. I don’t have my Iphone jail broken, but I will do it because none of the other methods worked for me. So if I jailbreak it, delete that file and then restore the settings because I don’t want to have my iPhone jailbroken, do you know if the file will come back when restoring or not? Thank you.

  11. Victoria

    Amazing! #5 with alcohol with #9 for 30 seconds did the trick!! Thanks Tips!

  12. Dianne

    A brush and blowing in connectors did the trick!! Thank you so much! I was not looking forward to spending my Sunday afternoon at the Apple store. :)

  13. Jozef

    Thanks for article. I can not believe it myself hovering did the trick!

  14. jhr

    The hairdryer trick did the job! Thank you so much! I was in panic mode until I came across this site :D

  15. Raj

    The black moveable control panel has disssapeard on my iphone can’t adjust voulume now could some plz tell me how to get it back…..many thanks

  16. Rabin ghimire

    It does not help me what can I do

  17. Mark Ellis

    For me, it was plugging in the headset and leaving it for several minutes, and then pulling the plug while playing. I did try almost all the other suggestions first…except, of course, the “iBlender”.
    Thanks a million. Guys like you the are the salt of the internet.

  18. Robin

    Thanks a lot man! Toothbrush step worked perfectly for me! You’re the man!

  19. Krystal

    My sound problem was mainly key sounds and message tones wouldn’t go off but would just vibrate and remain silent. Phone was never on silent I I cleaned the speaker with a pin but this seemed more like a software issue then a physical one. Phone calls were fine. Alarm sound was fine. But playing videos and music and message tones there wouldn’t be any sound at all.
    Go to settings > Facebook > delete account > re-enter account username and password > only sync calendar and Facebook app > don’t sync contacts. Next open up the calendar app in the main screen and leave this open.
    I found that removing and deleting my Facebook settings and stopping my contacts from syncing with Facebook seemed to work. Calendar sync was left on and I also left calendar app open. This seemed to fix my sound problem permanently and I no longer have intermittent problems with the sound like I did before. Now I can play videos and receive messages as normal. I have iPhone 4s and didn’t want to reset my phone so I found that this worked for me and provided a permanent fix. Hope this helps :)

  20. Cindy

    I dropped my phone in water in case for brief second. It won’t let me talk on phone except with speaker. Any suggestions

  21. Tony

    Toothbrush to clean the dock and hair dryer fixed my phone in 5 minutes! Thank you!

  22. chris

    toothbrush worked 4 me. thx!!!

  23. Marcus

    Option 4 worked for me. It’s the only one I tried

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