iPhone Speaker Not Working? 8 Ways to Fix It

Get that sound back in no time

If your iPhone speaker is not working, it has the potential to be a bigger and more annoying problem than you might expect. Sure, you've probably got headphones to listen to music, but when you've got no sound on your iPhone, it also means you can't hear incoming calls, alert tones for text messages or notifications, sound when playing games or watching movies, and more. 

Fixing an iPhone whose speaker doesn't work isn't necessarily hard, but it can be tricky. That's because there are so many things that could potentially cause sound not to come out of the iPhone. Luckily, this article provides 8 easy ways to fix the most common reasons your iPhone isn't making sound. 

If your speaker is working, but doesn't sound as loud or clear as it should, you may need to skip software and just clean your speaker. Find out what to do in How to Clean iPhone Speakers.

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Check Ringer and Volume

iPhone ringer switches showing Ringer On, Ringer Off and Volume Buttons


While this suggestion might seem obvious, it's always a good idea to start with the simplest things.

So: you might have no sound on your iPhone because you've set your phone to silent. On the side of every iPhone are three buttons: the ringer/mute switch and two volume buttons. The ringer/mute switch disables all sound for calls and notifications, while the volume buttons control the overall volume of the device.

To get your iPhone speakers working again, first try toggling the ringer switch. Do this by flipping it down (or towards the back of the phone), so that orange appears in the switch, and then flipping it back up. You should also try raising the volume on the phone as high as it will go. 

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Check Sounds Settings

iOS Sounds & Haptics settings screen on iPhone X


If toggling the ringer/mute switch didn't help, your next step is to check the software settings related to the iPhone speaker. It could be that you've turned off sounds related to certain functions of the phone — such as ringtones for incoming calls — and that's why you're not hearing anything.

Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and check the settings there. These settings control the overall volume of the phone, whether the volume buttons are functional, and what sounds are used when you get incoming calls, voicemails, send emails, and more.

The settings you should try changing include: the volume slider, moving Change with Buttons slider to on/green, setting a new ringtone, and setting a new text tone. 

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Is Your iPhone Stuck In Headphone Mode?

iPhone X screen with Headphones volume all the way up


The iPhone can only send audio output to one place at a time. Your iPhone speakers could actually be working fine, but you might appear not to be working because your iPhone is stuck in headphone mode. This is a bug that causes the iPhone to only send audio to headphones, even if there are no headphones plugged in.  

There are a series of troubleshooting steps required to fix this bug, so read How to Fix iPhone Stuck In Headphone Mode for the full set of options.

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Turn Off Bluetooth

iOS Bluetooth settings screen on iPhone X screen


As mentioned in the last section, the iPhone speaker can't play sounds if the audio is being sent from the iPhone to another device. It's possible that you're not hearing anything out of your iPhone's speakers because your iPhone is sending the audio to another speaker entirely, like a Bluetooth speaker.

You'd probably hear the audio playing from that Bluetooth speaker, but if nothing else has worked so far, this is a good, simple step to try. Turning off Bluetooth will break the connection to the speaker and start audio playing through the iPhone speaker again.

To turn off Bluetooth, tap Settings > Bluetooth > move the Bluetooth slider to off/white.

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Check Audio Output Settings

iPhone audio output settings


Just like your iPhone speaker might seem to not be working because the phone is actually playing audio to a Bluetooth speaker, you might be connected to an external speaker via AirPlay and not know it. 

In that situation, you need to switch the audio output settings away from the AirPlay speaker and back to the built-in iPhone speaker to start hearing sound from the iPhone again. To do that:

  1. Open Control Center (swipe down from the top right on iPhone X, XS, and XR; swipe up from the bottom on all other models).
  2. Tap the top right corner of the music playback control (which is also in the top right corner of the screen).
  3. If the audio output options don't appear right away, tap the AirPlay icon in the top right (it looks like a set of circles with a triangle in them).
  4. Tap iPhone.
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Restart iPhone

Resetting iPhone in a person's hand; white Apple logo on black screen

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If nothing has worked so far to get sound coming out of your iPhone speaker, it's time to restart your iPhone. Honestly, this probably won't solve the problem if nothing else has, but it's quick and easy, and restarting the iPhone can solve a whole range of problems, so it's worth trying.

It's possible that your iPhone speaker is not working because of some kind of temporary software glitch. If that's the case, restarting it will often clear out that glitch.

To learn how to restart your iPhone, check out How to Reset Any Model of iPhone.

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Update iPhone Operating System

iOS update on iPhone screen held in a person's hand


In the same way that restarting an iPhone can solve software problems, updating the operating system on your iPhone can do the same thing, but it does it in a different way. 

Along with all the new features that new versions of the iOS deliver, OS updates also bring all kinds of bug fixes to your phone. It could be that your iPhone speaker isn't working due to a bug that's present in your current version of the iOS, but that has been fixed in the latest version.

Like with a restart, this isn't the most likely fix, but it certainly has the potential to help. Plus, since updates are free and pretty quick to install, it's worth a try.

To learn how to install an update to the iOS, read How to Update iOS Wirelessly on the iPhone.

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Get Support From Apple

Illustration of tools on a mobile phone screen in a person's hand

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If nothing you've tried so far has fixed the problem, and if your iPhone still has no sound, it's time to consult the experts at Apple.

It's likely at this point that you've got a hardware problem with your phone and are going to need a repair to fix it. If that's the case, Apple is in the best position to diagnose and solve the problem.

You can either take your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store or get support over the phone. If you're going to head into an Apple Store, make sure to make an appointment or you might not be able to get help right away; they're busy places.