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Is Your iPhone Stuck In A Headphones Mode? Here Is How You Can Fix It

Do you have an iPhone headphones problem?

You recently updated your iPhone’s iOS and, since then, you can’t get any sound out of its speakers. Your phone only plays music when you plug in your headphones/Bluetooth speakers. What happened? Did you somehow change your iPhone’s settings while updating its iOS? What should you do? Buy another iPhone? Well, I don’t think so. Your iPhone mistakenly got iPhone stuck in headphone mode. Did You Cause The Problem? No, you didn’t. You might be wondering why my iPhone is stuck in headphones mode? Several i-Device users have reported their i-Devices speakers stopped working after updating to the latest iOS version. It’s a common problem. The problem is that your handset acts as if you have plugged in your earbuds or headphones. This prevents you from hearing any sound from the speakers. Can this problem be solved? Yes, it can. Follow these steps.

How to fix your iPhone headphones problem? Easy steps

  • Try Different Ringtones To ensure you solve this problem, you should start simple. The first thing you should do is go to your iPhone’s settings and open the ringtone section (Settings > Sounds & Haptic > Ringtone).
  • Once you open the ringtone section, try different ringtones and sounds to see if the speakers will work.
  • Check Your Battery Check if your battery is well-charged. It should have a charge of at least 30%. If the charge is less than 30%, this could be the problem.
  • Charge it and then play some music to see if the speakers and sounds work again.
  • Close All Open Apps the problem can also be caused by opening too many applications.
  • Close them! Double-tap your iPhone’s home button and swipe up to shut the apps.
  • Once you have shut all the apps, hold the power button to restart your phone.
  • Test your speakers and sounds and see if they are working again.
  • Play Music Using Another App Some iPhone users report that playing music using other apps, such as Apple music, Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, helped them solve the problem.
  • Try playing music using other Apple-related apps. It might help.

Check If There Is A Headphone Icon When You Not Using Headphones/Bluetooth Speakers. The headphone icon should only appear when your iPhone is connected to your headphones/ Bluetooth speakers. If you see a headphone icon when not using headphones/Bluetooth Speakers, there could be dust/debris in your phone’s port.

iPhone headphones problem: How can you remove the debris?

Here is how I solved when my iPhone is stuck in headphones mode:

Re-plug your headphones 7-8 times

  • Re-plugging your headphone several times will help remove the debris in your handset’s port.
  • After that, perform a hard restart of your handset.
  • How do you do that? Press and hold the home and the power button for a few seconds.
  • The phone will hard restart itself.
  • If your i-Device does not have a mechanical home button press and hold the volume down and power button.
  • If you see an apple logo on your screen, your phone is hard restarting.

Use a Hairdryer

  •  Yes, you heard it right. You can use a hairdryer to get rid of the dust/debris in your headphone’s port.
  • If you go for this option, make sure your phone is on the cold setting.
  • If your this setting is not available on your device, ensure your hairdryer is on the lowest temperature setting.
  • Some users have successfully solved the sound problem using this method. You should try it!

iPhone headphones problem: Use a toothpick

  • If you don’t have a hairdryer, don’t worry. You can use a toothpick to remove the debris.
  • You should, however, be careful and ensure the toothpick does not damage the port.
  • It’s also possible to use a Q-tip to remove the dirt.
  • Rotate the Q-tip inside the port; it will remove anything lodged inside.
  • If you go for the Q-tip option, be careful and ensure no cotton is left in the port; this could lead to more problems.

iPhone headphones problem: Blow the port

  • Blow your headsets port using a spray and see if the speakers will work again.
  • Don’t use just any spray; use a spray that is usually used to clean electronic devices.
  • If you have a small vacuum cleaner, try to use it to remove the debris.
  • You should, however, avoid industrial or commercial vacuum cleaners.
  • They will damage your phone.

Tip: Always make sure your handset is turned off when using any of the methods mentioned above.

Connect To A Bluetooth Speaker If

All the above tips fail, connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth headphone/speaker.

  • Connect it for two minutes and then disconnect it.
  • Test your speakers to see if the trick helped get your iPhone from the headphones mode.
  • If it didn’t work, try it again. If it still doesn’t work, move to step number five.

Check The Call Audio Routing Setting

The Call Audio Routing setting determines where and how audio is heard when you make receive a call. Where is it found? It found in the accessibility section.

  • To get there just click setting, General accessibility, interactions, and then scroll down to Call Audio Routing. “Automatic” should be ticked.
  • If it’s not, tick it. If “Automatic” is ticked, tap the “speaker” part.
  • Now make a call and see if the speakers and sound work.
  • If they are working, go back and tick “Automatic.”

iPhone headphones problem: Try Airplane Mode

Toggling with the Airplane mode setting can also help you solve iPhone headphones problem.

  • Switch on the Airplane mode and let it stay on for 10-15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, switch it off. Play some music and see if the speakers are working.

iPhone headphones problem: Reset Your Handset And Backup

If All the tips mentioned above don’t work, reset your iPhone. Many users who use this method report that it helped their iDevice get unstuck. You should try it too. However, make sure you have tried all the methods listed above before you go for this one.

Get Professional Help If everything fails to work, it’s time to find an iPhone expert to help you. With better tools, techniques, and understanding, the iPhone expert will be able to identify what is causing the problem. Make sure the expert you are dealing with is experienced, knowledgeable.

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