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. Melanie

    After doing all the steps, I used the cool blow dry (its been VERY humid here) got nothing—then I stuck a small sewing needle in the headphone port and it zapped the screen to the Spotify site and POOF! sound restored. I really think the needle/metal in the port was the trick because immediately the screen came up and I checked and it was fixed. I was a little scared to do this but was desperate. YAY!

  2. Ann

    Many thanks. Worked immediately.

  3. Nicole

    None of these worked for me what should I do ???

  4. Sekhabi

    None of that worked for me too

  5. Eric

    I didn’t try all of your solutions, but I discovered one that worked for me. After taking a picture I clicked on the thumbnail view on the bottom left. Then I pushed the volume buttons, and it was on the lowest setting. Turning the volume up all the way cured it!

  6. Rhys

    Thanks a lot man. Tried squeezing the corner of my phone and the whole screen cracked. I tried this many times before and it didn’t work.
    So now my sound still doesn’t work and my whole screen is screwed.

  7. Elle

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….You are my hero whoever you are! Naturally my solution was simple-restart my iPhone 6S but this seems to be a constant occurrence with this phone-only 9 months old-ams I wonder what the H3ll I’m doing wrong that is causing this problem.
    But it dos seem I’m not alone!
    Elle aka PlantCrone

  8. Aftab

    It’s really amazing I have followed the step 4 and its work ….😊

  9. Fatema

    OMG OMG Thank u so musch Your the best!!!

  10. Abdul qadir

    Its awesome,
    Tried these steps on my iphone6s plus and it did work,,
    The sound is back..
    Thanks alot dude,,
    Appreciate that 👍🏻

  11. Jill

    Thank you so much!!!! Step 4 worked for my iphone6

  12. Kim

    I have the iPhone 6s it’s only 6 months old and is randomly switching from volume to silence on the volume. I’m a manager and have missed some very important calls because of it.

  13. Amaprince

    Yaw!!! Steps 4 worked for me. I almost got crazy with my iPhone 6s Plus. Nigeria. Thanks a lot. For those that had no success yet, keep trying any of the steps sure one will work for you.

  14. Bam

    Omg thx … Plug in phone Jack and Remove QUICK as possible

  15. Bam

    It just the Speed that theems to be detected while Remove headphone jack. iOS 10 GM iPhone 6s Plus

  16. james parkinson

    cheers buddy, worked straight away 🙂

  17. Jane

    Thank you tons and tons!!! I thought turning it off and on restarted my iPhone 4S, but step two I what fixed my problem! Thank you again! Now I can hear my daughters videos again!!

  18. Joe Doc

    Thank you-great advice! Pushing on the right hand side was the fix that worked for me! Thanks again-sooo helpful!

  19. Gina

    Go into settings>sounds and hit the little slider that goes to your ringtone. This makes my sound start working again but I have to do it about 3-4 times a day

  20. Vanessa

    Hahaha step 4 worked for me.. mind blown 👍🏻👍🏻

  21. Vanessa

    Hahaha step 4 worked for me.. mind blown 👍🏻👍🏻

  22. Mary

    I just opened my new iPhone 7 (254mg). Very unsettling to not have the speaker work right away when it is brand new. I tried the pressure on the bottom right corner. Nothing happened. I ten restarted it (a different set of buttons from previous versions). That seemed to work.
    My other concern is the home button touch is unresponsive. None of the 3 choices for settings seems to accept my touch.

  23. Hana

    Step 9 worked for me!! 😃

  24. G Barry Stewart

    The home button+power button restart (shown in the video) cleaned up the problem.

    I’ll keep that in mind for future troubles.

    Meanwhile, if I used “speaker phone” I could use the phone. Without it, I couldn’t speak or hear. The phone did ring on the other end, though no dial tone or ring could be heard on my phone.


  25. Barb

    The hairdryer worked for me! We had a lot of rain in our region & Flooding. Lots of humility and moisture.
    10/8/16. Delaware

  26. pradeep

    i am having iphone 4 and there is sound problem and problem is i am not able to download many apps beacuse it requires higher version of the software …even i am not able to download youtube …please help me out from this situation

  27. Pat

    What do I do if it is my ringtone?

  28. Erika

    SQUEEZING THE BOTTOM RIGHT WORKED. This saved my life because I can’t watch Netflix on my phone without sound. Thank you thank you thank you

  29. Desiree Anderson

    The squeezing worked for me!! So weird!!

  30. latif rosyidi

    THANKS…. step no 8 worked for me. 😀

  31. Lauren

    Ya same I don’t know what to do I may just have to take it to the store and see what’s wrong

  32. Génesis

    I almost got to step 7 but I didn’t want to loose all my data to I jumped to step 9 & it worked! So happy when it did, helpful! Thanks.

  33. Atif Hussain

    Sometimes iPhone stuck in Headphones mode preventing you from hearing the sound. The problem is that iPhone mistakenly acts as if headphones are plugged in.
    Here i found a usefull article on

  34. Mark

    I have owned the iPhone 4s, 5 and 6plus… all have sound issues when using facebook.. you can play with settings, buttons, reset, and on and off.. won’t work piece of crap, apple with their new comps with no USB support? ….time to move on…

  35. kamelia

    nothing worked for me helppp

  36. Eva

    My iPhone4 also has problems with sound. With the headset it rings, but not without. I squeezed the lower right corner, and eventually got sound when adjusting the sound level in settings. iTunes gives sound on the speaker as well, but no sound for an incoming call/facetime audio call, which is why I have the phone… Tried to blow in some compressed air, cleaned the dock opening with a teeth brush and a bit of alcohol. But still no sound for incoming calls or incoming mails, whatsapps, telegrams and other notifications. 🙁

  37. Eva

    part II: I am so happy to have found another solution: since my iPhone4 kept on vibrating during incoming messages, despite of having switched off “Vibration on Ring”, I noticed that the vibration was still activated with “Vibration on Silent”. So that made me think that my iPhone was thinking it is put on silent, although the mute switch wasn’t on silent.
    Then I continued with the tooth brush and needle to clean the mute switch, and: tataaaaaa, iPhone back to ringing again!
    Thanks all for ideas and input. I wouldn’t like to spend 100€ in vain on repairing an iPhone without result if I can solve it myself. 🙂
    I hope my trick will work for others.

  38. Wanalous

    Thnx a lot genius#step6workedforme

  39. G Avioli

    Thank you for the recommendations. I tried them all and finally the sound returned.
    Iphone 4

  40. Naif

    Dude you’re my fuckin hero.but instead of using a needle i used a toothpick

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