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. Dhritiman

    I am 13 years old and after lots of struggle I got my new iPhone 6 , it was working fine then suddenly the speaker stopped working i was scared that my mo would kill me !!
    But after pressing the bottom corner of my iPhone the speaker started working

  2. Angel

    I have that same phone and i tried everything and it still didn’t work

  3. 5k

    I had the same issue after my iPhone 6 got a bit wet. The steps above didnt work. I removed the sim card and cleaned that slot a bit (didnt look dirty but gave it a try anyway). Inserted the simcard again and unlocked my Simcard. After that my iPhone was working normal again.

  4. R

    Thanks so much the reset and the pinch technique worked. I also had privacy on which is the little moon. You can make sure that is not on too.

  5. Melanie

    I used your headphones idea and your push the corner idea. My sound is working again. Thank you!

  6. Richard Hayashi

    Toothbrush worked for me!!! Thanks for the tip … I can “hear” again!!!

  7. katie

    OMG Step #4 / pushing on the speaker for 20 worked for me… Now I will try one extra step with the tooth brush. Thank You. :-),,,,, I did not want to wipe out my info.

  8. Dhairya

    My iPhone is stuck on headphones mode because a cup water gone inside my iPhone I have tried all steps but didn’t work please help…

  9. Anna

    Thank you, the dryer worked!!!
    Manu, many thanks!

  10. Kathleen

    Squeezing the speaker worked immediately! Glad I tried that before doing a hard reset. That should be #2 to try, since it is so quick & simple. If it doesn’t work, no harm done. Thanks so much!!!

  11. 420

    I have the iPhone 6 Plus. I noticed a reduced level of sound to the point of not being able to hear my music but not being able to hear maps or phone calls really bothered me.
    I found the fix. Play your music so you know how loud it is then pause it. Take a needle and poke it into the second hole from the right on the bottom right speaker. Wiggle it around some. Be careful not to poke to far or wiggle to hard (that’s what she said). Blow into the hole, restart music. You should notice an immediate volume increase. You’re welcome.

  12. Thanks mate

    Wow this works thanks alot!!

  13. Jordan scers

    OMG. Thank you so much this helped heaps. I was at the beach recently and dropped my new iPhone into the sand. Around two hours later the sound bar disappeared and the volume buttons wouldn’t work either. After reading the toothbrush trick I quickly tried it and found sand had gotten into my charger dock. Thank you so much for your help. It really does work

  14. Jawad

    Lol.. Its a simplist way to improve your iphone sound. Just blow air from your mouth or from hairdryer. into the charging connecter of iphone. (Between speakers) and after dont forget to clean ur dock with brush.
    It worked for me. I hope it will work for u too..! ☺

  15. Jawad

    Lol.. Its a simplist way to improve your iphone sound. Just blow air from your mouth or from hairdryer. into the charging connecter of iphone. (Between speakers) and after that dont forget to clean ur dock with toothbrush.
    It worked for me. I hope it will work for u too..! ☺

  16. Jawad


  17. Venky

    Weird, but step #4 worked for me..

  18. Sunil Choudhury

    Hats off to you!

    My iphone 4 had the sound issues where a video plays with earphone and even the volume works fine however as soon as I remove the earphone, the volume came down itslef half way and it can’t increase the volume at all. The YouTube video where you suggested to delete the com.apple.iapd.plist file RESOLVED the issue.

    Thank you so much. You shouldn’t be surprised if I tell you this was unresolved even by iphone support.

  19. hester

    Thank you! The hairdryer worked for me!!

  20. Roses

    I tried the blowing out pushing head plugs in and out few others none worked for me until I tried taking out the turning off the SIM card putting it back in back to hearing calls again

  21. Ajay

    I worked for me.. after pressing the right bottom of my iPhone it worked.. Kudos!! Thanks for the help Guys #iPhone6

  22. Mo Mo

    The pinch worked for my iphone 6!
    Thank u, thank u 🙌

  23. Lilly

    Thank you so much for all the tips. They did work. I thought i would have to throw my phone away.

  24. Foods

    Thank you so much for all the tips. They did work. I thought i would have to throw my phone away..

  25. David

    My hint about this was when I tried changing the volume it said “headphones” so I knew the phone thought it had headphones in. You said that sometimes cleaning up around the charging dock works so what I did is I took apart a paper clip and stuck one end in and moved it about to get any dust out, and it worked 🙂 Maybe something to mention here 🙂

  26. Johnvuong

    Thank you so much!!!!! I have never expect the problem to be this simple. I would have taken my ip to the store just to turn off silent mode set by me with the ringing/silent button months ago !!!!

  27. Faruk

    Thanks so much, step 2 nd step 4 worked perfectly 4 mi!

  28. Faruk

    Thanx so much, step 2 nd step 4 worked 4 mi

  29. gabyyy

    omggg thank yyou soooooooo sooo muchhh step 4 worked for meee and immm so happpy thank youu so muchhhhhhhh i recommend thissss try itt

  30. oe loco

    step 4 did for me

  31. Connie

    Thank you! I used a hairdryer and it worked. It’s been really humid and pouring rain for a bit.

  32. Joanie

    The pinch near the speaker worked a treat thanks👍🏼

  33. sam devan

    wow its works

  34. Louise

    My iPhone 4 no sound with no he’d phons in

  35. Louise

    My iPhone no sound wth no headphones in

  36. Kellie

    Thanks so much the toothbrush cleaning one worked

  37. Hanan

    Thank you for your tips,my was saying headphones on, I used hairdryer method as I was on a very humid beach, followed by cleaning dock with toothbrush and cotton bud, this worked for me. Oops and I also used the insertion and withdrawing of headphones few times too. You saved my day thanks again.

  38. Lynn P

    You are the best! Used the squeeze right corner technique and blowing in the place where the charger goes. My I phone is ringing again. Thank you!

  39. Dan

    In some cases you had your iPhone set on mute mode. Go to your device and unmute the phone(best way is to go to your assistive touch addaptive button and click device) Hope this will help too

  40. Mahmood

    Tnx ever so much, I used step 6, inserted a headphone, and called from other phone to my iPhone 4s, now all the alarting and app sound work properly, appreciate you awesome steps.

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