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iPhone stuck in headphones mode – How to Fix

iPhone stuck on headphones mode

Sometimes iPhone stuck in Headphones mode preventing you from hearing the sound. The problem is that iPhone mistakenly acts as if headphones are plugged in. You’ve tried a hard reset, putting your headphones in, and taking them out again, but it’s not working. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone stuck on headphone mode, an awesome trick to get junk out of your headphone jack, and how to fix the problem for good. 

Why iPhone stuck in headphone mode?

If you’re stuck in headphone volume mode on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, even after having disconnected your headphones or speakers from the 3.5 mm headphone jack, you’ve just experienced a rather annoying bug in iOS.

It’s not really known why this occurs, but it could be related to any of the following actions:

  • Disconnecting the headphones or speakers too quickly
  • Disconnecting the headphones or speakers while your device is busy
  • Using an incompatible or low-quality brand of headphones
  • A problem with your 3.5 mm headphone jack

Nevertheless, if you’re stuck in headphone volume mode, it can be easy to fix.

Check that the “mute” function isn’t activated. Turn the phone so you can see the hardware switch located on the left side of the case above the volume controls. If you see an orange indicator on the switch, mute is activated. Toggle the switch towards the front of the case to hide the orange indicator and disable the mute function.

Insert the headphones that originally came with the iPhone into the headphone jack. Push the plug gently to ensure that it is seated all the way inside the socket. Grasp the plug firmly and pull it straight up and out. Repeat this a couple of times.

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How Do I Get Junk Out Of iPhone’s Headphone Jack?

There’s no right way to do this, and Apple Stores don’t have any tools designed to extract debris from headphone jacks. There are, however, some unofficial tricks that Apple techs sometimes use to get stuff out. Be careful – none of these are Apple-approved methods because they can cause damage, but I’ve had success with each of them in different situations.

No, iPhone, There Aren’t Headphones Plugged In!

Your iPhone is stuck on headphone mode because it thinks headphones are plugged into the headphone jack, even though they’re not. This is usually caused by a problem with the headphone jack itself. 99% of the time it’s a hardware problem, not a software problem.

Getting out of headphone volume mode

The problem can be related to software or hardware. Software problems are typically easier to identify and fix, although depending on the severity of the hardware issue, you may be able to fix it yourself too. Our very own Sebastien Page would often have this problem on his iPhone, and in his case, it was typically related to software bugs.

So without further ado, here are some steps you can take if your iPhone is stuck in headphone mode after disconnecting a pair of headphones or speakers from the 3.5mm headphone jack:

Plug them back in, take them back out: Maybe iOS hasn’t completely recognized that your headphones were disconnected. Try plugging the headphones or speakers back in out rapidly several times. This may set things right for good measure. It’s usually the best way to fix that temporary issue.

Try another pair of headphones: Not working? Plug in another set of headphones, or another speaker, and then unplug them to see if that made a difference. Some cheaper headphone plugs are made to poorer tolerances, and this can cause iOS to fail to recognize when a pair of headphones or speakers is unplugged.

Reboot your device: If you tried the above steps, but are still in headphone volume mode, try a reboot. This may force iOS to refresh its sound output settings.

Look inside the headphone jack: If neither of the above worked, it could be a hardware problem with the jack itself. With a flashlight, peer inside of the 3.5mm headphone jack and look for any traces of water or lint that could be causing an electrical malfunction. You can typically use a toothpick to clean out the 3.5mm headphone jack out; I’ve done this hundreds of times myself and it works great.

Restore or update iOS: If none of the above are related to your issue, then you may have a corruption in iOS itself. Although rare, this kind of problem may be more common for jailbreakers, as jailbreak tweaks that are installed from Cydia, good or bad, can modify system files. Try a DFU mode restore, or an update from DFU mode if necessary, and any corrupted iOS files will be replaced with new ones that should function properly.

Contact Apple Support or an Apple Authorized Service Provider: If nothing has fixed your problem, you may have a defective 3.5mm headphone jack. This can happen from over-use or from damage caused by incorrectly-sized headphone plugs that were built to poor tolerances. In this scenario, your only hope is to contact Apple for a repair or replacement, which should be free if your device is under warranty. iPhone stuck on headphones!!

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One Comment

  1. ed sheran

    September 4, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Nice Post. It’s really a very good article. I noticed all your important points. Thanks


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