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7 Ways to Fix iPhone Speaker Not Working on External or Earphones

Paula Pailaga Posted by Paula Pailaga to iOS Recovery Nov 30, 2023

If your iPhone speaker is not working, you won't hear the calls, alerts, ringers, and more from your iPhone even if you are wearing headphones, which is a terrible situation, especially when you multitask with your iPhone. There's an excellent chance that you can't respond to others in time or miss the morning alarm. To fix your iPhone speaker not working. You can pick up 7 powerful methods in this article to make it quick.

Possible Reasons Why Your iPhone Speaker Is Not Working

Fixing your iPhone speaker that doesn't work is not so easy. You can't specifically figure out the corresponding causes. Check some possible reasons below for an iPhone bottom speaker not working.

Bluetooth Connection

If your iPhone is connected to your AirPods or other speaker devices, which fail to give off sounds. In this case, your iPhone bottom speaker won't work, and you may miss important calls, notifications, etc.

Accidentally Mute Your iPhone

You may have muted your speaker by accident. For example, you muted the video or music on your iPhone to hear something externally clearly, and then you forgot to volume up the speaker. In this case, your iPhone bottom speaker doesn't go off sounds.

Mute Speaker

Sound Accessibility

You may fail to hear the notification ringer from an app because you didn't allow this app to access the "Notification" or "Sounds" features. But luckily, this is not the problem that your iPhone speaker doesn't work.


Speaker Congestion

If the speaker gets congested, it may not work sometimes. As the speaker has many little holes that make it difficult to clean the stuff out, you'd better go to Apple after-sales services for help.

System Errors

Another possible cause of your iPhone speaker not working is system errors. When system problems affect your iPhone, you'd better use an all-in-one method to fix it because it's tough to find the corresponding error that causes your iPhone speaker not to work.

One-click Solution to Fix Your iPhone Speaker Not Working

To fix system errors that make your iPhone speaker not work, you can use 4Easysoft iOS System Recovery. It can fix 50+ iOS system problems with only one click. Your iPhone speaker problem will be solved quickly and remain current without data or capacity loss.

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Step 1Free download 4Easysoft iOS System Recovery and launch it. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Then, click the "Start" button.

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Step 2The program has detected your iPhone, and you can check the information. Click the "Fix" button to go on.

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Step 3Here, you can click the "Standard Mode" button to fix your iPhone speaker not working. If you click the "Advanced Mode" button, the program will delete all app data and settings to solve all system errors. Make your decision and click the "Confirm" button to go on.

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Step 4You can choose your desired iOS system version and click the "Download" button to download its firmware package. When it finishes downloading, you should click the "Next" button to fix your iPhone speaker problem while changing the iOS version.

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6 Workable Ways to Deal with Your iPhone Speaker Not Working

Aside from the on-click method above, you can also try the 6 workable methods below to fix the corresponding problems that cause your iPhone bottom speaker not to work.

1. Turn on the Sounds Feature

If some apps' notifications are silent or don't come up, you should enable the "Notification" and "Sounds" features.

Step 1Go to the "Settings" app. Slide down to find the app that has no sound and tap it. Tap the "Notifications" button.

Step 2If the "Notification" feature is banned, tap it to turn it on. Then, tap the "Sounds" button to turn it on. The next time you get a notification, your iPhone speaker will work.

Turn On Sound iPhone

2. Disconnect the Bluetooth

If you don't know what device is connected to your iPhone that causes the bottom speaker not to work, you can directly disable the Bluetooth temporarily.

Step 1Open the "Settings" app, and then tap the "Bluetooth" button. Then, turn off the "Bluetooth" feature.

Turn Off Bluetooth iPhone

3. Clean Your iPhone Speaker or Port

Cleaning the dirt stuck in your speaker will help. Also, you can clean the 3.5mm jack, lightning, or USB port on your iPhone. The dirt in them may cause your iPhone to get stuck in headphone mode, and the iPhone speaker will not work.

Use a brush to remove the dust from inside the speaker gently and slowly. As for the 3.5mm jack, lightning, or USB port, you can use a thin stick to stir in the hole gently, and then you will clean out a lot of dust. Don't need to worry about ruining the ports.

Clean Speaker and Port iPhone

4. Restart Your iPhone

Sometimes. Your iPhone will be stuck in headphone mode because of system errors. You can restart your iPhone to fix the problem that your iPhone speaker doesn't work.

Step 1For iPhone 6/7/8/SE models, you only need to press and hold the "Power" button; For iPhone X/11/12/13/14/15 models, you need to press a "Volume" button and the "Power" button.

Step 2Slide right the "power-off" slider to shut down your iPhone. After about 30 seconds, turn on your iPhone.

Restart iPhone

5. Reset Your iPhone

You may have changed the settings of your iPhone many times, and your iPhone accelerates some bugs that cause your iPhone speaker not to work. You can soft reset all settings on your iPhone.

Step 1Open the "Settings" app. Tap the "General" button. Slide down to tap the "Transfer or Reset iPhone" button.

Step 2Tap the "Reset" button. Then, tap the "Reset All Settings" button. You can also erase all content and settings by tapping the corresponding button.

Reset iPhone

6. Repair Your iPhone

If all the methods above don't work at all, you can only send your iPhone to repair. Fortunately, It is not a big deal that your iPhone speaker doesn't work, so you don't need to worry about the payment or the repair effect.

Repair iPhone

FAQs about iPhone Speaker Not Working


You've learned why your iPhone speaker does not work and how to fix it. You can get many workable methods from the Internet. However, you may get no time to test each method to find the corresponding one. Therefore, 4Eaysoft iOS System Recovery is the best method to fix your iPhone speaker not working quickly and erase all system problems within a few seconds.

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