When microphone doesn’t work on your iPhone, the primary objective of buying a phone seems to die down. This can irritate you and the one who is talking to you on another end. There can be many obstructions that create such problems.

In most cases, you can fix the ill-functioning microphone on your iOS device by taking care of some of the basic things. However, in some cases, you might have to travel a bit far. More after the break.

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Microphone Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Microphone Not Working on iPhone and iPad: Tips to Fix

Quick Tips:

  • One of the first things you should do is disconnect or power off any Bluetooth headsets or other audio accessories, which are connected to your device. Launch Settings app → Bluetooth → tap on the “i” button next to the Bluetooth accessory → tap on Forget This Device.
  • Make sure microphone and iSight mic aren’t being blocked by your fingers while holding the iPhone or recording video.
  • Besides, remove the screen protectors, films, or cases, which might have covered the microphone, iSight mic, or iPhone receiver.
  • It would also be apt to check if there is an issue with the cellular connection or app.
  • Open Voice Memos → tap on record icon → then speak anything. Once you have recorded your voice, tap the play icon to play the recording. If you are able to hear the voice, the microphone is in good condition. But if you aren’t able to hear the sound, the cellular connection might be the culprit. Follow this quick guide to fix cellular data not working issue on iPhone.
  • There is a possibility that your microphone is working well, but the app you are using is problematic. In such a case, update the app. (App Store → Updates tab). If that doesn’t work, try deleting the app and reinstalling it. Besides, make sure the app has access to your iPhone’s mic: Settings → Privacy → Microphone → toggle on the switch next to the app.

Reboot your iDevice

If the aforementioned solutions haven’t resolved the issue, try hard resetting your device. It’s known to troubleshoot bad bits. Hopefully, it succeeds in getting the task done for you.

On Your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus: Press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button. Then, press and hold the side button until Apple logo shows up on the screen.

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Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

On iPhone 7/7 Plus: Press and hold the side button and volume down button until you see Apple logo on the screen.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

On iPhone 6s or earlier and iPad: Press and hold the Home button and side button simultaneous until Apple logo appears on the screen.

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How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Update the iOS on your Device

Is your device running the latest iOS version? It would be better to update the device as the new iOS version often comes with several bug fixes and performance improvements.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on Software Update → Next, if there is an update available, download and install it as usual.

Update iOS on Your iPhone X

Contact Apple Support, If the Issue Still Persists

In the event the issue hasn’t yet been resolved, it’s better to contact Apple Support schedule an appointment with an Apple Authorized Service Provider or with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store.

Step #1. Head over to Contact Apple Support page and select iPhone or iPad.

Click on iPhone in Apple Support Page

Step #2. Next, click Repairs & Physical Damage.

Click on Repairs & Physical Damage in Apple Support Page

Step #3. Choose Unable to Hear Through Receiver or Speakers.

Note: If you don’t get the option to select Unable to Hear Through Receiver or Speakers. Click on The topic is not listed. Next up, you need to describe the issue and click on Continue.

Click on Topic Not Listed in Apple Support PageDescribe iPhone Issue in Apple Support

Step #4. Up next, click on Built-in Speaker and click Bring In For Repair.

Contact Apple Support for iPhone Microphone Not Working Issue

Now, follow the instructions to repair your device.

Over to you

Hopefully, the problem no longer exists on your device. Which one of the solutions worked for you? Having your feedback in the comments below would be great.

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