iPhone No Sound Problem/ Issues Steps and Solutions

If you have no sound on your Apple 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.


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.

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  1. Ade

    Thanks so much as I plugged on the earphone it was reatored

  2. Skyler

    If Your text tones dont work turn off bluetooth

  3. Camille

    None of it works for me. The toothbrush method just worked for a minute and then it will go back to the no sound status. I can’t do anything.

  4. Deb

    Step 6 worked for me – thank you so much.

  5. Tony

    I used a cotton bud to clean the headphone plug hole and the sound resume… U can’t imagine how dirty is the plug hole until u clean it.

  6. poulami

    Thank you so much it worked for me, Squeeze the bottom right hand corner of the phone above where the speaker is. Really thanks a lot.

  7. Max

    Restarting worked like a charm! Thank you !

  8. Alex

    Step 4 worked for me, simple but effective.
    A bit concerning however that such a basic method of repair should be necessary on such an expensive high tech gizmo.

  9. Emmy

    Step 6 work for me thank you☺️☺️☺️☺️!!!!!

  10. nak

    Tony, I used a cotton ball to clean the sound hole. it works. You saved my day.

  11. TS

    step 4 works of me

  12. Rachel

    Thank you no 6 worked for me I now have one less stressed 16 year old

  13. Katelyn

    the cotton swab worked as someone suggested up there^

  14. Omar

    Thank you. Toothbrush step worked

  15. Sara Lawrence

    None of these things worked for me but I didn’t resort to resetting the whole phone. But funnily enough while trying to suss out what was causing it I opened candy crush soda saga game and the volume within that game was turned right down and as soon as I increased the volume in that game the sound was somehow restored on everything even though the game wasn’t even open a the time! weird.

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  17. Strike Alpha

    I used compressed air on cleaning on those hard to reach areas, it works fine.

  18. Stoyan

    #5 worked for me guys i’m very thankfull :)

  19. Jodi Williams

    Thank you for the tutorial in step 8! I’m so happy to have the sound back on my phone!

  20. skeggs1664

    None of the suggestions seemed to work, until I synced my phone to my lap top. Working fine now. Thanks

  21. Maryquaranta

    Thanks! Your first suggestion about the side button did the trick on both the iPhone and iPad!

  22. ania

    awsome!!!tx pressing right hand corner did the trick

  23. B. Meyran

    another successs for squeezing the bottom right (#4)

  24. Samuel Hansson

    Holy s**t! I was like this won’t work but after like2 tries I held added more pressure and squeezed the right corner of my phone for 20 seconds and then it worked. So I left this reply

  25. Carrigan

    None of the above worked for me on my IPhone 6 but settings/sounds and moving ringer and alerts change with button tab worked straight away, hope this works for other people

  26. ikhwan mokhtar

    i tried pull in and out the jack and squeeze the bottom right…it totally work…my ip6 fall at 10pm and i just did it now on 8pm…22hrs after…great…

  27. Bianca

    Thank you SO MUCH! Mine needed a simple restart!!!

  28. Xeon

    What should I do if my iPhone 5s will ring but speaker will not work for anything else?

  29. Oni

    Thanks it works….

  30. Mela

    Squeezing the right corner actually works

  31. Chappy

    None of these worked for me. Realized it was connected to a Bluetooth speaker and volume was down.

  32. KT

    …and don’t forget to remove the clear film protector on the little lens/microphone/flash on the back of the i phone 5c………..duh

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  34. Josh Castillo

    OMG! The squeezing actually work

  35. EzF

    The first time it happened, I found another site that said to use Q-tips and it worked! The secons tine it happened it doesnt work anymore, found your site and pressing right hand corner actually worked! Idk what will I do if it happens the third time (God forbid). I dropped my phone a couple of times and also it had contact with water a few months ago (all these happened months ago but speaker prob started last week). I choose to believe the speaker prob was not caused by them. Anyway thanks!

  36. Karlen

    Step #4 worked. I’m AMAZED! And so thankful.

  37. Mel

    I had zero sound. No text click, alarm, speaker volume, nothing. And squeezing the bottom right worked after a couple of tries! Thanks!!

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