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. John

    Like bryon and Jamison earlier, I blew like crazy into charger connector, and bingo. Well done for that advice.

  2. Tllambe

    Step 4 broke my speaker… Thanks…

  3. Parag

    Go to settings and play your ringtone and sound will come right back. Unless its a mechanical malfunction

  4. Kathie

    The other day I could not hear my videos so I downloaded a free app real player cloud and I no longer have this problem, I can hear them now unless when I make videos I leave my headphones dangling on my iphone and then no, I can’t hear these videos.
    When you record a video make sure headphones not in ipod.

  5. Gavin

    I made several videos at a gig using my iphone 4 but on playback, there is absolutely no sound at all. I did a couple of test videos since then and it has worked fine ever since. Somebody said that the microphone could have been blocked, so I tried completely blocking it and recording a short video and it still records some muffled sound and you can hear the speaker hissing. The gig videos, however are totally silent. Is there anything I can do to get the audio back?

  6. Murthy

    I tryed all this steps still same problem

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  8. JJ

    The speakers worked with the blowing and after two cotton swab sticks later. Thanks a lot.

  9. Sam

    The cotton buds and the blowing into the speakers works it only worked after cotton buds

  10. Ekampreet Singh Kalsi

    The blowing into the charger thing helped me thanks a lot :)

  11. Julia

    So helpful! Finally a website that doesn’t give me crap about logging/signing up first. :)

  12. Alice

    Awesome!! The toothbrush/blowing in the charger slot combined fixed my no sound problem! Thanks a million n___n

  13. Karen

    Soo helpful thank you so much!!!

  14. John

    The weird one on step 4 worked for me !!!

  15. Abby

    Step 4 fixed it! I was so frustrated! Thanks!! :)

  16. john

    Thanks the brushing thing worked for me

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  18. Marie

    Awkward but number 4 worked for me… Reminded me of when home button stopped working I had to hold it (the button) down with a paper towel with alcohol and rotate the phone a few times and has been working ever since! XD

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  20. Lynne

    Tried step 1-4 with no joy but Step 5 worked for me. Many thanks.

  21. Jesse

    Thanks the blow dryer worked for me- Your my hero

  22. Viv

    I have purchased an iPhone 4s 2nd hand. It was advertised with not receiving cell signal, wifi not working and the sound not working. The previous owner had dropped the phone and after that the sound issue started, wifi apparently only worked when plugged into a computer and mobile service worked but intermittent. The phone had also stopped working but I got it going, wifi works and so does cell service but “SOUND” absolutely zilch! I have tried everything from cleaning out the audio jack, dock connector, reset, restored and even put the motherboard into a phone that doesn’t have a sound issue and guess what, the sound didn’t work in that phone with that motherboard. The conclusion I have had to reach is it is in the motherboard. Who can suggest what I should be looking for in the motherboard? Would love your thoughts :) Thanks

  23. Mabel

    It works but only if I blow into the Part where the charger goes so as soon as I stop blowing, the sound goes again

  24. Nabeel

    It works but only if I blow into the Part where the charger goes so as soon as I stop blowing, the sound goes again so what shall I do

  25. Ian

    After 10 mins of blowing, brushing and swabbing IT FINALLY WORKS

    And the stuff that fell out


  26. Ian

    Forgot to say THANKS!!

  27. Ellie

    Hi thank you step 4 worked for me.

  28. Theo

    Step 4 worked within seconds! Thanx

  29. Brandon

    So, I tried the squeezing the right corner… laughing…. it was stupid.

    It worked.

  30. Mike

    Thx much! step 4 worked like a charm! You saved me a lot of time. Easy to forget to just ‘reboot’.

  31. Miguel

    I was going crazy when apparently the iphone was stuck on headphone mode (as simple as that).
    You guys rock! Tks a lot.

  32. Marco Coetzee

    Thanks for the advice.The weird step 4 worked for me. I was very surprised.

  33. sandra

    Thank God for these posts. I fixed mine, thank you!!!

  34. Richard

    Fixed mine by literally taking the back off unscrewing and unclipping the battery. Then unplug the speaker near middle right of phone wait a few minutes plug battery back in turn on phone when on plug speaker in and its worked since over 24hrs with no fault at all.

  35. Catrine

    OMG, you just saved my day. My iPhone’s sound didn’t work and I’ve been trying what seems like everything. You’re steps made it work again! Thank you so much, amazing site

  36. Theodore Joecks

    Thanks for the tip. Putting the headphone jack in and out worked so thank you very much. This was an iPhone 5s

  37. jangillespie1@me.com

    Ok – I am officially amazed. Read the previous comment about “blowing like crazy into the charger outlet” fixing the problem and decided that the worst that could happen was that I’d feel (and look!) like an idiot so I gave it a try. And it worked!!!

    Thanks to everyone!

  38. Kimberly Tan

    When I plug in my headphones I can hear music and sound and when I pull out the cord for the head phones I still can’t hear anything. What do I do

  39. Jan Skillman

    I knew there had to be more people that have sound problems. Apple gave me a new phone and the new one does the same thing. Sounds just stops in the middle of keystrokes in email and esp. Texts. So frustrating. My parents are ill so keep my phone in a metal bowl at night to hear it if sounds fails which happens a couple of times a week.

  40. D

    Tried everything. Final combination solution was hair drier and then a slightly reduced in size Q-Tip into the headphone jack.

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