How to Fix iPhone 12 Pro Speaker Audio Issues

Do you often find your iPhone 12 Pro having several speaker audio issues?

iPhone 12 Pro has been surrounded by many controversies within a few days after its official release. Issues such as the lens flare, overheating, and even wireless charging had been observed by a lot of users.

Now, some users are complaining about a new issue with iPhone 12 Pro. Surprisingly, its speakers had reverb, static, and some random buzzing. Here is a video sample from one of the affected users:

Strangely, Apple has not released any official statement on this yet, causing more and more users to become restless. To add to that, there is no denying that the quality of many Apple products has been degrading recently. 

But we hear you! That is why we compiled a list of things you can do on your end while waiting for a permanent fix from Apple.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

1. Remove The Phone Case.

Since most phone cases are quite thick, this can contribute to the reason why you are experiencing speaker audio issues in your iPhone 12 Pro. It is common knowledge that we use phone cases to protect our devices from any physical damages, but do we have to sacrifice the quality of the speaker audio in return? 

An easy way to test this is to remove your phone case for a few hours. This will allow your speaker to adjust and eventually go back to its default audio quality. Then make sure to monitor if the same issue will come back.

Hopefully, this is all that you need in order to fix this issue, but don’t get worked up if it did not make any difference as we still have a lot more things that you can try on our list.

2. Turn Off Change With Buttons.

Regrettably, if you still see the same issue after removing your phone case, you may proceed with turning off ‘Change With Buttons’. Luckily, some users stated that turning off this setting resolved the iPhone 12 Pro speaker audio issues.

On top of that, turning off ‘Change With Buttons’ will enable you to lock the volume settings under the ‘Ringer and Alerts’. Doing this should prevent the issue from happening.

Here’s how you can turn off ‘Change With Buttons’ on iPhone 7 (or later):

  1. Begin by opening up your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Next, select Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Lastly, turn off Change With Buttons.

Here’s how you can turn on ‘Change With Buttons’ on iPhone 6 (or earlier):

  1. Begin by opening up your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Next, select Sounds.
  3. Lastly, turn off Change With Buttons.

Now, test your speaker audio. Good thing that doing this will also resolve the ringer volume issues on your iPhone, so let us know how it went!

3. Turn On Reduce Loud Sounds.

Just like turning off ‘Change With Buttons’, turning on ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ was also a tested method by some users. According to them, turning on this setting restored the speaker audio.

What the ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ setting does is to allow you to adjust your iPhone’s maximum volume when listening to music and watching videos. When enabling this setting, you can also adjust the maximum decibel level, which will also protect your hearing.

Here’s how you can turn on ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ on iPhone 7 (or later):

  1. Begin by opening up your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Next, go to Sounds & Haptics and select Headphone Safety.
  3. Now, turn on Reduce Loud Sounds.
  4. Lastly, drag the slider to 90 decibels or higher, depending on your preference.

Here’s how you can turn on ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ on iPhone 6 (or earlier):

  1. Begin by opening up your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Next, go to Sounds and select Headphone Safety.
  3. Now, turn on Reduce Loud Sounds.
  4. Lastly, drag the slider to 90 decibels or higher, depending on your preference.

With that out of the way, try using your speaker when listening to music or watching videos. Thankfully, this has already resolved your issue, just like what other users experienced first hand.

4. Turn Off Bluetooth.

Remarkably, turning off the iPhone’s bluetooth seemed to have also worked for some users. This can also be the case for you if you are connected to a Bluetooth device, like your AirPods Pro or Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, even if you are not connected to a Bluetooth device, your iPhone can still send packets of data to phantom Bluetooth devices, which is considered a bug. On top of that, connectivity errors or hardware issues can arise, causing your speaker audio to malfunction.

Here’s how you can turn off your Bluetooth:

  1. Begin by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone from your home screen. This will bring up the Control Center.
  2. After that, look for the Bluetooth icon and make sure it is disabled. Otherwise, tap it to turn it off.

Once you’re done, check if that has fixed your iPhone 12 Pro speaker audio issues. If you have the same issue with your iPad, you can definitely try this step as well! We’re hoping it’s just that simple, as we are heading over to some more complicated steps in our list.

5. Try To Restart.

When you have finished tweaking your settings, it will be best to proceed with restarting your phone. Take note that it is always a best practice to restart your iPhone after modifying your settings to be certain that the settings have been really modified.

Just in case restarting your iPhone did not make any difference, you can try doing it one more time. Weirdly, there are times that it doesn’t properly set the modified settings, so it’s best to try it again just to be sure.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. Begin by pressing and holding down the Side or Power button for a few seconds.
  2. Then a prompt with a red slider showing ‘slide to power off’ will appear. You should drag it to turn off your iPhone. 
  1. Lastly, press and hold the Side or Power button again until you see the Apple logo. This will turn your iPhone back on.

Now, let us know if this has already fixed your issue. We’re eager to know what happened!

6. Use Dr. Fone.

If your iPhone is still ‘sick’, then it’s time to call the ‘doctor’!

Say goodbye to your problems and hello to Dr. Fone! Remarkably, Dr. Fone’s ‘System Repair’ tool is a really efficient and effective tool that is proven to fix a lot of iOS system issues. 

Aside from that, Dr. Fone has other tools in its toolkit which can help you out in those dire situations. Try the ‘Screen Unlock’ tool for removing the lock screen and iCloud ID or the ‘Data Eraser’ for permanently removing your phone data. It also has a ‘WhatsApp Transfer’ tool which you can use to transfer and back up WhatsApp and other social media applications.

Still not convinced? Dr. Fone’s toolkit has over 153.6 million downloads so far, with 50,000,000+ Dr. Fone users around the world utilizing these tools. 

So hurry up and experience it for yourself!

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7. Request For A Replacement.

If none of our previous methods worked for you, we recommend that you visit your nearest Apple Store to have your iPhone checked by Apple-certified technicians. But before doing so, make sure to check your iPhone’s warranty options first.

Fortunately, if you are still under warranty, you can immediately ask for a replacement. Hopefully, the replacement will quickly arrive and, most importantly, will not show the same issue. Although if it did, you can always go back to the top of this list and start troubleshooting the issue again.

This completes our list, but we hope that we were able to resolve this frustrating issue for you. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to let us know your feedback by commenting below!

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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