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iPhone No Sound Problem/ Issues Steps and Solutions

If you have no sound on your Apple iPhone 3 / 3GS / 4 / 4S / 5 / 5S / 5C/ 6/ 6Plus/ iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus/ iPhone 7 and iPhone7 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 watch this video below which has a full list of fixes listed in this tutorial plus a few more that will restore sound to your iPhone!

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 who may offer insurance if chosen 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

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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.

iPhone No Sound Solution 

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There have been more than a dozen comments saying that bluetooth may be interfering with the sound on the iPhone. One good method is to insure that your iPhone is not connected to any bluetooth device as it may be playing sound thru that device. Also another successful step that has been recommended is to turn off bluetooth and then turn on again.

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 🙂 For another tutorial on how to fix your sound you can read this article here.

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  1. Gail

    Toothbrush did the trick!! Thank you sooo much! You totally saved me and my iphone!!

  2. Connys11

    The brush step worked perfect

  3. Donna Bland

    I feel so stupid but glad I found this site!! It was the switch on the side! Duh, thanks for the tips

  4. tom

    9 thanks, was going nuts

  5. Dirk

    Hey man! great tutorial, i thought i would have to sack my iphone 3G since it didnt have any sound at all.. not even after jailbraking it again… did the reset and the corner press and it all works perfectly again.. awesome! 😀 i thank you so much… Greeting from Medellín Colombia

  6. luigi911

    Glad it helped:)

  7. Dr. Pratap N Mukhopadhyaya

    That squeezing technique worked like a magic! in seconds it is working! I am so thankful to you! Great service for people like us! Thank you friend!

  8. JonBOY26

    Cool! My video is listed here as step 8.

    This site is listed as my videos highest embedded playback location, so I thought I’d come and check it out. Great site!

    Step 8 worked on my phone (which is why I made the vid!), however I’ll also try some of these other sound fixes when I get a chance.

  9. luigi911

    Hi, yes I found your video a couple of months back and was really helpful so had to put it in the list. Keep up the good work!

  10. Batnoon

    I was playing a game and then suddenly the sound started to act up for few seconds and then it just stopped, I thought it was the game that lagged, soon I realized that the built in speaker is not working at all… and I cant seem to find a solution from the above :'(
    and when I use viber app to call I can’t hear the person I’m calling :'(
    I need to hear my girlfriend’s voice please save my ass she’s like 80 thousand miles away on the other side of the planet :'((

  11. luigi911

    You should try step 8, you will need to jailbreak though.

  12. Jamie

    I had problems with my iPhone 4 stuck in headphone mode. Used a hair dryer on low heat blowing into the headphone socket and it worked straight away

  13. mehar

    i have an iphone 4s whose volube bar is still not working. i have tried all the ideas provided above but there was no affect

  14. C S

    Unreal, I don’t understand how, but #4 worked. PFM!

  15. Habib

    The same happen to my iPhone 4 today nd all I do is put in charge for 1h nd now it workin

  16. Jasmin

    Hi there, have no sound in my iphone (2 months old) either – tried all the steps excluding the jailbreak thing.

    Still no sound. Used the square (credit card reader) which goes in the ear phone jack. Don’t know if that is the reason. I can see the bell and the sound bar when I try to make it louder – but still no sound.

    Any ideas?

    Jasmin

  17. Wingdinger

    Step 8 worked for me. I didn’t try restoring my phone, as I didn’t feel like re-jailbreaking it.

  18. Pam

    THANK YOU!!!! You’re the best!

  19. Tuan

    Squeeze the bottom speaker corner, works…

  20. Sam S

    METHOD NUMBER 8!! ..worked for me, was very very pleased to get my phone back to working order after watching a quick and easy video. For you folks that haven’t jailbroken your phone, it is very easy, takes little time and can be reverted back if you are uncomfortable for whatever reason. From A to B the whole process should take less than half an hour if you have to run through a few tutorial videos. Best of luck

  21. Alexphan

    i’ve tried #8 and…amazing…thank you sm 🙂

  22. Jeremey

    #8 with iFile worked right away… no bozo-ing around with toothbrushes, hair dryers and magic potions

  23. Sam

    BRILLIANT….. Squeezing it worked for me after having no sound for 2 days bloke in orange shop wanted £150 for new phone as he couldn’t fix it!! Don’t suppose you know how to fix corrupted photos and vids?? 🙂

  24. malcolm doble

    Please remind those that choose to use step 3 (reset all settings) that you will have to choose to restore from backup (cloud or itunes) or set the phone up as a new phone.

    Just sayin…

  25. luigi911

    Glad it helped:) maybe try a different viewing platform like VLC or handbreak.?

  26. luigi911

    I will be updating the post shortly.

  27. Aaron

    Brilliant i tried toothbrush didnt work but so simple that all i had to do was restart it

  28. MVP Bradley2000

    Thanks man helped alot im all fixed up now add me on xbox MVP Bradley2000. Thanks again

  29. VijayKarthik

    Deleting the file “com.apple.ipad.plist” solved my sound issue without any hassle!

    Thanks a lot

  30. Lili

    NOTHING WORKS IS JUST WHEN MY PHONE FEELS LIKE GOING BACK TO NORMAL ! LIKE RIGHT NOW WHEN IM TYPING SOME OF THE TYPING SOUNDS AND THEN IT GETS QUIET AND THEN ON AND OFF AND ON AND OFF. TRIED EVERYTHING CALLS SOUND NORMAL BUT CANT LISTEN TO ANY MUSIC AND THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME 3 TIMES IN 4 MONTHS I I TAKE IT BACK TO THE APPLE STORE AND THEY
    GIVE ME A “NEW ONE ” EVERYTIME THERE IS NO WATER DAMAGE IM JUST DESPERATE HEREEE ! I DON’T GET IT !!!!!

  31. luigi911

    Do you live in a humid area? Also have you tried the jail break step? That seems to be about 95% accurate.

  32. Linn

    Hi! Thank you for them tips! The grip-the-speaker-corner tip worked for me. No wonder the problem seems so random. My phone will go on this weird silent mode as and when it pleases.

  33. Schelvis

    Tip 4 did the trick. Unbelievable! Thanks mate!

  34. BellaCrayon

    Hair dryer worked for me =D thank you eeeeeeee

  35. George

    OMFG, I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS WORKING! I’ve tried so so many things and it’s working!!! I cleaned the headphone jack and the bottom bit with a tooth bits and cotton buds and it’s working! So many weeks without sound and now it’s back! WOOOO! Thank you so much for this website!

  36. Nicole

    THANKYOU soooooooo muchhhhh!! You saved me so much money. I am a Uni student and don’t have much money and was told it would cost me $200!! To fix it. I have donated 10$ to u, I hope other people are as well cuz u deserve it!!!!

    Life saver 🙂

  37. luigi911

    Glad it helped! Thank you for that it all helps:)

  38. Armend

    Hello guys, i just wanted to share something with you usefull: Sometimes it happend that Iphone think it id connected and the volume will not work, what you do is use the flip-switch that you use to mute the phone, flip it back and forth, and after coupal of times it will work fine again, hope it work out for you

  39. A.

    The toothbrush and acetone method workeeeddd!!!! I am sooo happy because I was sure it would not work for me!

  40. Zyna

    Silent mode…huh…who knew??

    Thanks for this embarrassingly easy fix.

    D’oh!!

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