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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. Winston

    Thanks for tips, cleaned with tooth brush for about 2 minutes them restarted and was fine. Thankyou!!!!

  2. wyzZzzzz

    wah boleh dicoba neeeh kalo okeeeeh

  3. Zain

    Morgan Freeman or Bruce Willis?

  4. luigi911

    No sorry keep guessing :)

  5. k

    excellent. tried many sites and this site solved it. no sound but headphones work. step 4 above fixed it
    tks

  6. luigi911

    Hey there, thanks for your response. Glad it helped.

  7. Ani

    I tired restarting, resetting, using a toothbrush, and the hair dryer. My sound works with head phones but when I take them out the sound won’t work. Any more suggestions? I kinda spilled some Gatorade on my phone and wiped it off right away but I don’t know what to do.

  8. luigi911

    Where on the phone did you spill the Gatorade? The only thing I can think of is to put the phone in a dry cupboard with no moisture or humidity for a while. As its Gatorade it my be a bit harder to get rid of the moisture that may be in the phone as it quite sugary and hard to evaporate. Let me know how it goes.

  9. Joe

    I tried several of the tips. Ended up using the toothbrush and tapping on the bottom right. Fixed it right away. Lol

  10. luigi911

    Yea it’s really strange but it works lol, glad it helped

  11. DANDAN

    I tried several of the tips.

  12. komarudin

    complete tutorials

  13. Tellervo Warelius

    These are impressive articles. Keep up the sunny handiwork.

  14. Padennis

    Ok I had the exact same problem and in my menu it gave “external dock” as the venue to play the sound. I was by a pool so maybe ( phone was 30 feet from any water) water got to my phone. So the hair dryer on “cool high” and the toothbrush totally did the trick. U rock. Thanks for the help !

  15. Enzo

    I had exactly the same problem.
    I tried the restore, the toothbrush and everything.
    Then I just tried the most simple thing….Step 4.

    It’s really weird but it just fixed my problem…

    Thanks!

  16. news

    Is it okay to place a portion of this on my personal site if I publish a reference point to this website?

  17. luigi911

    Hey, what is your website?

  18. Canyahearmenow

    Thank you for providing a website with so many helpful hints on how to use an iPhone, and how to make it function properly. I have subscribed to your YouTube page as Canyahearmenow.

  19. Cinthia Seemer

    interesting statistics )

  20. rein

    hi!..seemed the step 4 worked for my iphone4s as well..hope this really fixed my phone..thanks

  21. Lacy

    I have tried all the steps except jailbreak,10 and 11 and I still have no music coming from my speakers,ring tones or app sounds. I guess its off to the apple store.

  22. Adam

    If you ever drop it in water, immediately take the case off and put it in a bag of dry rice for a few hours. Rice is a good desiccant (easily removes water from a humid environment).

  23. luigi911

    Yes that sounds like a hardware problem as there are no ringtone sounds.

  24. Dan

    # 5 worked for me. All kinds of dirt and crud were in there.

  25. ullisse

    No volume control in iPhone or any apps,games etc. Work fine with step nr.8.Excelent job.tnks

  26. Gizel

    Omg I did the blow drier and tooth brush thing and it worked u guys totally saved my butt thank u thank u thank uuuuuu!!!!!!!:)))))

  27. Boingo

    #4 worked for me. That is unbelievable. THANKS!

  28. Trixie

    THANK YOU!!! I live in BFE and there is no Apple store in a hundred mile radius. No joke! I was desperate! I found this post and my world is happy now. Sending good karma your way! :)

  29. huda

    OMG #6 worked for me!! thank you soooo much

  30. dee

    Ah! Totally helped.

  31. kabour hasna

    #4 worked for me. That is unbelievable. THANKS!

  32. iphonedude

    dude thanks it really worked! i cleaned the dock with a toothbrush and i blew with a hairdrier for a while, and i pressed the lower right corner, and now it works like a charm! :)

  33. sid

    thanks! step 8 works for me

  34. Bryan

    Step 8 worked for me – thanks!

  35. pentacles

    put me down as one for step 3, thanks

  36. Klawright

    Okay, we tried most of it (except jailbreak and iTunes reset) many times and what finally worked was taking the earphones in and out multiple times while listening to a song, then squeezing the right corner. It worked off and on until we did the blow dryer for a full 5 minutes and now it seems to be ok. YAY – THANK YOU!

  37. luigi911

    Glad it helped:) the hair dryer is what worked for me also.

  38. Farmer Joe

    nice site pal

  39. Tractor Tim

    great page mate

  40. Dave0154

    Step 8 worked for me. THANK YOU. Fantastic site.

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