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.

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 :)


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  1. Liz

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  2. leonie

    I was really sceptical of any of theses to actual work but they worked amazingly.
    The 2 that made the most sense to me that would work were the hair dryer and the ear bud,
    I used both the hair dryer at low temp and ear bud to clean the head phone out worked really well as a combination.

    so thank you so the information,
    highly recommend for people to try theses tip!!

  3. joel

    thanks to this article…pressing the lower right portion fixed my phone!

  4. Wei Loong

    i having the same problem now but warranty already expired

  5. mohammad al dada

    u made my day !! thanlks

  6. Jo Carol

    Thank you , I can now hear my grandson say Go Cards!!! I used the toothbrush, pressed down on the right corner. Pressed the top and lower button. and now it works!!!
    No standing in line to have it workded on.

  7. Asrar khan

    Listen guys i found the solution it’s easy and 100% working just download ifile from your jailbroken device and go to library,launch demons ,then delete a file named com.apple.ipad.plist restart your device you are done

  8. Gina

    I had this problem today and spent hours trying to fix it. I finally remembered I had used my blue tooth earlier and I knew I had turned off the ear piece so I went to settings and turned off Bluetooth from there and voila! I had sound again! It had stuck in Bluetooth mode

  9. amy

    Thank you for saving my sanity…or what little I still have!!!

  10. Juan Tapia

    thank you for you’re website
    the tooth brush and blowing air/sucking air from the aux cable work thanks lot

  11. Truthaddikt

    Thanks to Paul above…deleted YouTube app and sound reappeared.


  12. Sherwin

    i tink the tooth brush thing work for my iphone thanks!

  13. Kittykatkashe

    Old toothbrush was the one I wanted to try. But I did it with a small dry pain brush, even better! Works great and I’m relieved. Thank you so much!!

  14. Heather

    The first solution worked for me, thank you!!!!!

  15. Clair

    Amazing – pressing the right side of my phone got the sound back again! I’ll pass this info on very useful indeed!

  16. Rafael

    OMG i can’t believe. Number 4 help me to fix the sound problem.
    Thank you very much

  17. Lynn

    Step 4 worked for me first time! Pressing the bottom right corner for 20 seconds. Thank you!

  18. Michelle

    The squeeze technique worked for me. Thank you!

  19. Ruth

    Nothing has worked for me :(

  20. Steve

    Only when I play games the sound doesn’t come out

  21. Steve

    Only when I play games the sound doesn’t come out…plz help

  22. Naveen

    Thanks a lot, unfortunately I had read your blog after restoring. Anyway that right corner worked to fix my phone issue.

  23. LKS

    Bless you for posting this! Thank you!

  24. John GS

    Thank you. Step 5 worked for me. So relieved!

  25. Megan

    I am not an iPhone user but my children love them! Step 1 fixed the problem! You are a life saver – thank you!

  26. Brian

    I did 1,2,6 on my iPhone 6+ and nothing. I put the phone in my griffen survivor case and smacked it on my steering wheel. No joke after a few time and music started playing again.

  27. Mahala

    My phone wasn’t making any noise at all! & I got worried because j have important alarms & sometimes I have friends call my phone when they’re depressed and need me so I keep my ringer on at night and I read the one about squeezing around the speaker and it didn’t work so I tapped it on my wall & it started working!! Thank you!

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