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. Even if you've got headphones for listening to music, without sound coming from the speaker you can't hear incoming calls, alert tones, text notifications, and other features.

In this guide, we look at 8 easy ways to fix the most common reasons your iPhone isn't making sound.

Causes of an iPhone Speaker That's Not Working

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 an iPhone's speaker to remain silent.

Most of the time, the exact cause of a faulty iPhone speaker isn't clear until you've tried the corresponding fix.

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 how to clean iPhone speakers.

How to Fix a Non-Working iPhone Speaker

If your iPhone speaker isn't working properly, follow these steps, in order, to troubleshoot the problem and get it working again.

  1. Check the iPhone ringer and volume. 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 the orange underlay appears, then flip it back up. You should also try raising the volume on the phone as high as it will go.

    iPhone ringer switches showing Ringer On, Ringer Off and Volume Buttons
    Apple Inc.
  2. Check the sound settings. It could be that you've turned off sounds related to certain functions of the phone, such as ringtones for incoming calls, notifications, or other functions. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and check the settings there.

    Try adjusting any of the following: Adjust the volume slider, move the Change with Buttons slider to on/green, set a new ringtone, or set a new text tone. 

  3. Check if the iPhone is stuck in headphone mode. The iPhone can only send audio output to one place at a time. Your iPhone speakers could actually be working fine but are 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.

  4. Turn off Bluetooth. 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 because your iPhone is sending audio to a different speaker, such as a Bluetooth speaker.

    If so, turning off Bluetooth will break the connection to the speaker and start audio playing through the iPhone speaker again. To turn off Bluetooth, select Settings > Bluetooth > move the Bluetooth slider to off/white.

  5. Check audio output settings. Your iPhone might be connected to an external speaker via AirPlay without you knowing. In this situation, you will need to switch the audio output settings away from the AirPlay speaker and back to the built-in iPhone speaker to receive sound from the iPhone speaker. To do that, open Control Center, then select the AirPlay icon in the top right corner of the music playback control. Select iPhone if it is not already selected.

  6. Restart your iPhone. Trying restarting your device. This may not solve the problem if nothing else has, but it's quick and easy, and restarting the iPhone can solve a whole range of problems.

    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 may clear out that glitch.

  7. Update the operating system. Updating the operating system can help solve software problems. Software updates also fix a number of bugs that may pop up from time to time. It could be that your iPhone speaker isn't working because of a bug present in your current version of iOS.

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

  8. Get support from Apple. 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.