iPhone Audio Not Working? Here's the Fix!

Why is sound not working on your iPhone? Here are the reasons and the solutions.

iPhone sound not working? If your iPhone speakers have stopped working, there are a few things that could be going on. Whether your iPhone sound has stopped working entirely or has been going off and on, these suggestions will help you get your iPhone speakers working again. Here's how to fix your iPhone speaker.

How to Fix No Volume on iPhone

If you can't hear on your iPhone, there are several steps you can try. Let's go over all of them to get your iPhone in working order.

Check Your Ring/Silent Switch

The first thing to check when your sound isn't working is your Ring/Silent switch. Sometimes it slides off accidentally due to outside contact, and it usually mutes all your iPhones sounds and haptics, including your ringer, keyboard clicks, notification sounds, etc. Videos and sounds within apps may still play.

Adjust Your Volume

This one may seem simple, but it's a step that's often missed. Your volume buttons control more than your ringer volume and can control sound within apps, videos, and more. If your sound isn't working on your iPhone, turn up the volume and see if that fixes it.

Make Sure Do Not Disturb/Focus Is Off

Even if your sound switch is flipped on, Focus, formerly known as Do Not Disturb, will silence calls and notifications, so if that's not working on your iPhone, check to make sure Do Not Disturb is turned off. iOS 15 brought us customized Focus filters, which are basically Do Not Disturb options for different occasions, so check to make sure no Focus filters are on either. For more on how to avoid the iOS 15 gremlins, check out our Tip of the Day.

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Check to See If a Bluetooth Device Is Connected

More than once, I've been frustrated with my iPhone's lack of sound only to remember it was still connected to the Bluetooth speaker in my shower. To see if your iPhone is connected to a Bluetooth device go to Settings > Bluetooth and under My Devices see if any of the listed devices have "Connected" next to them. If one does, tap the device name to disconnect.

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Clean Your Device's Speakers

If your sound is distorted, it might be because of debris in your speakers. Try carefully cleaning them out and see if that corrects the issue.

Check Sound on Your Device

Even if your Ring/Silent switch is set to Silent Mode, you should still be able to test your ringer and notification sounds in Settings. Go to Settings > Sound & Haptics and move the ringer volume button up and down to see if any sound plays. It should play your ringtone at a changing volume based on the slider. You can also check your notification sounds by tapping them and then tapping other sound options, where you should be able to hear a preview. If neither of these are working, it could be a hardware issue.

Check App's Sound Settings

Is a certain app giving you trouble when the rest of your iPhone isn't? It could be an issue with the settings of that specific app. Most apps will have different ways to check the sound, but usually it's in Settings, which is almost always some kind of gear icon. Poke around in there, and see if you can find anything that's been turned off.

Restart Your iPhone

If your sound truly isn't working, try restarting your iPhone. Sometimes that's enough to fix the bug!

Update to the Latest iOS

If you still can't hear anything on your iPhone, try updating to the latest OS. OS updates are meant to fix bugs, among other things, so the update might get you back on track.

Contact Apple Support

If none of this works, there might be something wrong with your device. Learn how to contact Apple support to get further assistance.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.

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