No Sound on iPhone? Tips to Fix iPhone Sound Not Working Issue

We have all faced some weird issues on the iPhone at some point or the other. And one of the most common problems that many of us have encountered is the “iPhone sound not working” issue.

The reason why it seems to be a bit complex thing is that the problem could be due to both the hardware damage and random software glitch. Speaking of the solutions, you may have to try out several tricks to fix the no sound issue on the iOS device.

Been there done that, we’ve discussed some of the most reliable tips to get rid of this problem. Let’s check ’em out!

Tips to Fix iPhone Sound Not Working Issue

Find Out If Your iPhone’s Speaker Is Fine

First things first, test your iPhone’s speaker to ensure it’s fine and working properly. To get it done, open Settings app → Sound/Sounds & Haptics → Under Ringer and Alerts section, drag the volume slider left or right. If the smartphone produces sound, the speaker is working properly.

Adjust the Volume on iPhone

Check Out the Ring/Silent Switch

Make sure Ring/Silent switch is in the right position. Maybe you had enabled the mute switch on your iPhone and forgot to disable it. Whatever, be sure to check it out.

When the mute switch is ON (top left side of the device), you will see orange color. Simply slide it back.

Turn Off Ringer Switch to Mute Camera Shutter Sound on iPhone

Then, increase the volume of your device using the volume up button (on the top left side).

After that, open a music app like Apple Music or Spotify and play any song. Your iPhone should deliver sound now.

Ensure That Do Not Disturb Is Disabled

Another thing you should do is make sure Do Not Disturb is disabled. Maybe you had turned on DND to prevent unnecessary calls and notifications from haunting you. But, forgot to turn it off later. Anyway, be sure to disable it. Go to Settings → Do Not Disturb → Then turn off the toggle.

Turn Off Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Alternately, you can also turn it off from the Control Center. Simply swipe up from the bottom (or swipe down from the top right corner on latest iPhones and iPads) and then disable the DND switch as usual.

Disable the DND switch from iPhone Control Center

Unable to Hear Sound Inside An App

So many iOS apps and games come with their own custom sound settings. Just in case, you aren’t able to hear the sound inside third-party apps, double-check their sound settings to ensure they are set perfectly.

If that doesn’t help, the apps might be buggy. In this case, try updating them (App Store → Updates).

Update the App from App Store

Disconnect Bluetooth Devices

If you had connected Bluetooth earphones to your iPhone, try to disconnect them. Your device might be sending audio to the connected device.

Head over to Settings → Bluetooth → tap on the “i” button before the name of the Bluetooth device → hit Forget this Device and confirm. Now, try to play music to see if it has solved the problem.

Disconnect your Bluetooth device from iPhone

Plug Headphones into Your iPhone

Plug Headphones into Your iPhone

Plug headphones into your iPhone and play music. If you are able to hear music through the headphones, your device’s speakers might be at the fault. Dust or debris might have piled up inside the speakers and preventing them from delivering sound. In such a situation, try to clean them up with a tiny object.

Still No Solution? Force Restart Your iPhone

Tap on Restart to Reboot iPhone Using Assistive TouchMany a time, force restart works in shooting out glitches. So, it would be better to consider it as well. As the process of force restarting a device is slightly different on the latest iOS devices, check out this guide if you need help.

Note: You may also consider a couple of other reliable solutions like resetting the device to factory settings (Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings) and Software Update (Settings → General → Software Update).

Reset All Settings on iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, or iPhone XR

Tap on Settings then General then Software Update on iPhone

If Nothing Has Worked, Book An Appointment At The Genius Bar

If your iPhone is still not able to produce sound, it’s time to book an appointment at the Genius bar. The speaker might be damaged, or something could have seriously gone wrong. In such a scenario, Apple Support is the way to go.

Wrapping Up…

I hope your iPhone has started to deliver sound as usual. From what I’ve experienced (a few times on my iOS device), the above tricks mostly get the job done.

However, if they don’t live up to the expectation, Apple Support is always there to help you out.

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So, which tricks solved the problem on your iPhone? Let us know them down below in the comments.

The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.