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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. jess

    Thanks, been days without sound and my alarm hasnt been working!! number 6 worked for me, something as simple as inserting the headphones!! 😀

  2. Rajat

    A simple one ….. If there was any liquid flown over ur headphone jack….. And ur iPhone sounds when headphones or plugged in
    Just take a ear bud of neck size and swipe it all in the jack …. The cotton will absorb ur liq. And ur iPhone / iPad
    Will give u sound even without out headphone

  3. Emma

    Thank you so much for this! I was panicking as have no insurance on my phone and had reset but found this site and step 4 actually worked! Thank you 🙂

  4. Ash

    Thank you for this! Number 8 worked a treat!

  5. Khmer Song

    Step #5 working for me with my problem like that :

    When I press the + and – buttons, the volume icon appears, but the slider is empty. When I receive a call, I hear it ring, and I can hear the ringtones in the sound menu. However, the message/mail notifications don’t make any noise, and I can’t hear the sound menu.

    – During a phone call, if I put the conversation on speakers ==> it works and the volume bar reappears. I can control the volume with + and – buttons. But when the conversation is over, the bar disappears again.

    – With the headphones, everything is ok!

    – I also noticed (only a few times) that when I do a repring (with changing the language of the phone), the volume slider reappears and works correctly during 2 or 3 seconds, before disappearing again.

    Thanks,
    visal

  6. danijel

    #5 worked for me!
    Fortunately I did not reset my phone before #5 ( the easiest fix). Thanks for helping me!

  7. Funtime Ben

    I have 2 other fixes for folks –

    one is to suck really hard on the phono plug… I know it does sounds crazy.

    The one that worked for me is cut the cotton end off a q-tip and stick the remaining white lollipop stick into the headphone jack. Push it down and move it around. That has worked for me a bazillion times.

  8. Francis

    Step #4 worked for me!
    I tried this out of curiosity and desperation, and bling! It was a total surprise!
    Thanks!

  9. Crystal

    I didn’t have audio after having to put my iphone into rice b/c I dropped it into water. There must have been more rice dust that I couldn’t see in the charger connection!! I am so happy that I get sound now!! Thank you.

  10. Rae

    Thanks for your post after having this issue for over a month I finally tried to search it out. While cleaning help momentarily the software hack in step 8 saved me. THANKS!

  11. Patricia

    What worked for me was. Changing the languaje. It was very odd for me because my ports were clean given my telephone case, in the moment this happened I used the app smart sync and just after hitting sync button I hit the home button bugging the app and possibly glitching the phone. Who knows…

  12. Emile

    I hahe the I phone 4. The speakers only work for a few seconds after pulling it off the docking station. I’ve cleaned up the docking area and it’s still not working.

  13. Kimberly

    Pandora worked, but iTunes did not, so I figured my issue wasn’t a dirty speaker 🙂 Number 2 worked for me. YEA! Thanks. I’ve bookmarked this site for future use and to refer my teen who will want to run to the repair shop instead of trying to find an answer online.

  14. Prebowala

    Tip #8 just worked for me like a charm.
    thanx

  15. lisa

    Tried the power on/off suggestion for my IPhone 5. It worked!! I have sound for video! Thanks for suggestions.

  16. Christine

    Powered down and back on, my sound is back!!!! Thank you, I was heart broken until now. I love this new iPhone.

  17. Dennis

    For iphone 4s no sounds

    go to
    Settings
    Sounds & then toggle off lock sounds & keyboard clicks.
    Turn phone off.
    Turn phone on – should now all work OK.
    & you can
    Toggle on lock sounds & keyboard clicks

    Regards Dennis.

  18. Abigail

    None of it worked ! Help me please ! D:

  19. Asari

    Thank you very very much,,step no 9 with hair dryer really
    works fr me ,,,excellent

  20. Jessica

    Thank You!!! The hair dryer worked for me!!

  21. motagaly

    BEFORE DOING ANY OF THE ABOVE, JUST TRY THE FOLLOWING:

    take the sim card out, then insert a new card from any one, do one phone call and you will hear the sound well (yes it should work), then just reinsert your old sim card, and you will find that the problem is gone.

    i tried it many times and every time it surprises me that it actually fix the bug

  22. Sara

    Thank you…but mine wasn’t working in earphones or anything and soon as I watched the first video the sound worked in my earphones lol…still struggling with the phone sound without the earphones 🙁

  23. Sebastian

    Thank you !! Step 3 saved my iPhone.

  24. Hung Vuong

    Yes, i have experienced this case many times. If u go to ipod music player, and you still can volume up and down with the sound bar, means your phone got moist at the charge or speaker surface. On the other hand, if you can not see the sound volume bar at the bottom when get to ipod player, it means your iphone’s hardware was down ! Go replace it !

  25. joe

    i had no sound on iphone so i unplugged usb iphone or touch cord from computer so no power was running on it . i plugged the end that connects to iphone or touch into device with the usb end connected to nothing and sound returned to iphone hope this helps good luck

  26. Devlin

    I’ve tried everything, blowing, cleaning with toothbrush and alcohol, keeping it in a freezer, rebooting, etc. Every piece of advice I could find. Then I tried removing sim card as motagaly advised, after I put it back I had the sound on. just like that. Btw, i had the phone switched on while removing and placing back. It’s only been 5 min, so you never know it might be gone again.
    I hope it helps for you too guys!

  27. David

    Thanks! The jailbreak method worked perfectly! My phone would not play any sound from apps, but that solution fixed it!

  28. Stefani

    Thank you, it was so helpful. I had problem 2, no sound for calls and applications and etc. And what really solved the problem is 4. You said its weird but it actually the one that worked. thank you. Pressed right corner and problem is solved.

  29. Sam

    Nothing is working for me help! 🙁

  30. Shane

    Had no sound on I phone 4s
    Could here people calling me but no music couldn’t even turn ringer volume up
    I used the hair dryer suggestion and aside by magic it worked
    Out of all them ideas the hair dryer worked
    Thanks

  31. Sandra Cartwright

    Thank you holding down both buttons has just
    Worked for me. Thank you x

  32. gabby

    dennis’ comment solved the problem for me.

    For iphone 4s no sounds

    go to
    Settings
    Sounds & then toggle off lock sounds & keyboard clicks.
    Turn phone off.
    Turn phone on – should now all work OK.
    & you can
    Toggle on lock sounds & keyboard clicks

  33. fd

    u the man it does work i tried all the steps except for the one you suggested thanks

  34. Courtney

    Thanks I completely missed that my phone was on silent 🙂

  35. cheri

    thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo much

    all sorted saved me an expensive trip to iphone engineer which I have previously fell for

  36. Joel

    After several months of battling with no sounds for me Iphone 4 apps and no volume bar, the iexplorer method worked perfectly for me. Thanks

  37. Kirs

    Thank you so much – step 9 worked for me! Sound is back!!

  38. sugarfree

    fcuk me hard!! I just changed the language and everything worked just fine

  39. sp

    Problem solved , done, I used hair dryer, cleaned up headphone jack, charging dock, blew air into the holes for a few minutes, my sounds is back..

  40. kim sweden

    @sugarfree

    haha, i just tried that myself, and believe it or not it WORKS! amazing, thanks for the tip.

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