How to Fix iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode

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iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode

Find that iPhone is stuck in headphones mode despite having unplugged your headphones?

Well, you’re not alone. I was at home, listening to my Spotify using my headphones and it came to a point when I wanted to place a call to my friend, so I had to unplug the headphones.

That’s when I heard no sounds were coming out of the iPhone’s speakers. Complete silence.

The first course of action I took as I tried to check my iPhone was whether it produced any sounds such as whilst typing on the keyboard or whether it played any of the ringtones.

Well, surprise! It didn’t work.

At this point, it was getting frustrating and I was checking to see what the heck is wrong with it. That’s when I found out that my iPhone got stuck on headphones mode when I saw this cowbell-like symbol saying “Headphones” underneath it.


iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


So what did I do? I tried these seventeen ways that I’m about to show you right now. I’m sure, at least one of the ways will fix your iPhone stuck in headphones mode too as it did for me. 🙂

Let’s dive right in. Here are the top 17 tried-tested tips which we will be covering to get your iPhone unstuck from headphones mode:


1. Remove Your iPhone’s Protective Case.

First and foremost you will want to make sure that you remove your iPhone’s protective case such as Otterbox covers, battery packs, transparent covers, just anything you have on your iPhone.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Once you remove the protective case, try plugging and unplugging your headphones to see if it fixes the issue. 

This solution has helped a few of our readers (based on their comments below) as they found that their protective case was blocking the pathway to the audio jack which causes your iPhone to remain stuck in headphones mode.

Try and let us know down below on whether it works.



2. Turn Your iPhone Off and Back On Again.

If you have not tried to restart your iPhone, then you most definitely should. 

Not only does it help remove your iPhone from headphones mode, but it also helps to remove any software issues that may have caused your iPhone’s system to get stuck. 

Don’t know how to restart your iPhone, our steps below will show you how to do it:

Restarting Your iPhone SE (2nd generation), 8, 7, or 6

  1. Firstly, press and hold down on the Side button until you see the ‘Slide to Power Off’ screen appear.
  2. Next, drag the slider to power off before waiting around 30 seconds for your device to turn off.
  3. Finally, you can turn on your iPhone back by pressing and holding on the Side button (as shown below) until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen. 

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Restarting Your iPhone SE (1st generation), 5, or earlier.

  1. Go ahead, press and hold down on the Power button (top) until you see the ‘Slide to Power off’ screen appear.
  2. Next, drag the slider to power off the iPhone. You will need to wait around 30 seconds for your device to turn off.
  3. Finally, you can turn on your iPhone back by pressing and holding on the Power button located at the top (as shown below) until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen. 

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Once after you restart your iPhone, try testing by playing a song or a YouTube video to see if any audio is being output from the speakers.



3. Plug Out The Headphones from Your iPhone.

Yes, you may have already tried plugging and unplugging your headphones from your iPhones so many times but it is still worth a shot. 

Here’s the breakdown on how you should go about it:

  • Try plugging in your headphones and out a few more times, as sometimes your iOS can forget that your headphones were disconnected. 
  • When plugging in your headphones, you should make sure you are able to hear the audio clearly on your headphones. If no audio is heard, try another pair of headphones. 
  • Once you are confident the audio plays on your headphones, only then should you slowly stop the audio by pressing the Pause button on either the YouTube video or Spotify/Apple Music.
  • Clear your background apps history by double-tapping your Home button and making sure no background apps are running. If you’re on an iPhone with Home button, you will have to swipe up to view all your background running apps. We have written a step-by-step guide on how to do that.
  • Lastly, firmly plug out your headphones.

 After you’ve plugged out, test again to see if this help.



4. Try Another Pair of Headphones.

Different headphones have different configurations.

So if you do have the original Apple’s EarPods (and we mean the originals, not the fakes) then go ahead and give that a go. 

Whichever brand of headphones you were using before your iPhone got stuck, it could be possible it may not have been entirely compatible with your iPhone. This is because there are certain types and brands of headphones out there that may not sync perfectly with your iPhone because of its different setup.

We are not saying that you should break your bank and invest in a pair of high-end headphones. In fact, I still use my Apple EarPods that came in the box and what I did was    I asked my friend for her pair of headphones.  

You can try asking your friends or your siblings as long as it is not some knockoffs. 



5. Make Sure That Both Your Mute Switch and ‘Do Not Disturb’ Options Are Turned Off.

It’s easy to forget whenever we have turned on the Mute switch or put our iPhone into ‘Silent Mode’ to actually turn it back off.

So it’s worth it before we go any further in this post to make sure that we have turned off these settings that control how our iPhone emits sounds. The following are the different options worth checking:

i) Your iPhone’s ‘Mute Switch’

Your iPhone’s ‘Mute switch’ can be located on the side of your iPhone (as shown in the image below). If it is indicated as orange then it means that your iPhone is mute and will not play any sounds or ring during incoming calls. 

Simply flip the switch to have it go back into normal mode (where it doesn’t show as orange).

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


ii) ‘Do Not Disturb’ Setting

The second setting is your ‘Do Not Disturb’ option which can be located either from your Control Center or from inside your Settings app.

Here are the steps to turn off Do Not Disturb setting:

  1. Go onto your iPhone and then swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open your Control Center. For iPhones with a Home button, you will have to double press the Home button to bring up the Control Center.
  2. Then simply, tap on the moon crescent-shaped icon to turn it off. When turned off, it should be grey in colour (as shown below).

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


You can also do this by going into your Settings app > Do Not Disturb and simply toggle off the switch right next to Do Not Disturb.

iii) AirPlay

AirPlay is a setting that is primarily designed to allow the iPhone to connect with Smart TV’s for mirroring and screencasting. When turned on, it will automatically connect to a device such as your TV or HomePod, etc.

Here’s how you turn it off:

  1. In your Settings app, tap on General
  2. Next, tap on AirPlay & Handoff.
  3. Now there are three options here which we suggest temporarily disabling (you can always enable it back). Here are the options:
  • Automatically AirPlay to TVs – Tap on this option and make sure that instead of being on Automatic, it is selected to be Never.
  • Transfer to HomePod – simply toggle the switch right next to it to disable it.
  • Handoff – simply toggle the switch right next to it to disable it.

AirPlay and Handoff



6.  Turn On Airplane Mode. 

One of the most popular and effective ways to fix your iPhone being stuck in headphones mode is to simply enable and disable Airplane mode.

Now, what is Airplane Mode? 

Airplane Mode was primarily added into the iPhone to allow quick disabling of services like your cellular data (3G/4G LTE/5G), Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. 

Since it temporarily turns off these services, It’s effective as it allows your iPhone to go offline free of any connection to anything without actually having to turn off the device. 

Pretty cool.

I’ll show you how you can enable/disable Airplane mode on your iPhone if you’ve never done it before:

  1. Go onto your iPhone and then swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open your Control Center. Take note that for iPhones with a Home button, you will have to double press the Home button to bring up the Control Center.
  2. Then tap the orange Airplane icon to turn on Airplane Mode. Give it a good 30 seconds or so and then turn it back off to see if your iPhone’s speakers are working again.

Airplane Mode


Alternatively: Turn On Airplane Mode via Settings App

You can also go onto your Settings and then turn on your Airplane Mode by tapping the slider to turn it on.  Again, give it a good 30 seconds or so in Airplane Mode and then turn it back off to see if your iPhone’s speakers are working again.



7.  Test Using a Bluetooth Speaker. 

You see, if the iPhone is stuck on headphones mode because you used your plug-in headphones or earphones then you can easily undo it by reconnecting the iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones. 

In fact, this is the very method that managed to fix the issue personally for me. It also has proven to have worked for a lot of our readers, so it is certainly worth trying. 🙂

When you connect your iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones, your iPhone will recognize the Bluetooth device and will also know when you disconnect it; since you’re not unplugging it manually which can sometimes be confusing to your iPhone.

This is a pretty neat trick that you can do and all you’ll need is either a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones that you have lying around.

Once you have that, all you have to do is connect your iPhone to your Bluetooth speaker or the Bluetooth headphones, give it a good 5 minutes or so and then disconnect it back to see it has fixed your iPhone. 


iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode



8.  Force Restart Your iPhone.

In most of our posts related to the iPhone, we often suggest to force restart your iPhone to fix any issue you might encounter. This is especially useful when your iPhone is completely stuck or if you find that you’re unable to turn off your iPhone.

Just about any situation, you find yourself stuck in, this can be a handy escape rope. Take note that force restarting and the way you normally restart your iPhone is completely different. 

Here’s how you force restart your iPhone: 

Force restart an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE (1st generation).

  1. Go ahead and press and hold your Power button together with your Home button at the same time. 
  2. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Force restart an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

  1. Go ahead and press the Power button and your Volume Down button at the same time.
  2. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Force restart an iPhone with Face ID, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus.

  1. Quickly press and release your Volume Up button. 
  2. Then, quickly press and release your Volume Down button.
  3. Then, press and hold your Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


Now try and see if your iPhone’s speakers are working and that it has fixed it from being stuck on headphones mode. 



9. Let It Go Into Standby Mode. It Works.

We recently received tons of feedback and comments on this method via email from readers. 

One of the recurring solutions that were suggested was allowing the iPhone to go into ‘Standby’ mode by itself and before stopping any audio and unplugging the headphones.

Here’s a clearer step-by-step breakdown on how to do it:

  1. Firstly, you will need to make sure that your iPhone automatically auto-locks the screen after a few minutes. If you’re on iOS 13, you can do this by going into your Settings app > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > select the 30 Seconds option for the current testing purpose.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


  1. Next, plug in your headphones and open up an app like Spotify or Apple Music to play any song. 
  2. Allow your iPhone to automatically lock itself and go into what we call ‘Standby Mode’. You will have to make sure to not touch your iPhone based on the amount of time you’ve set for Auto-Lock based on Step 1.
  3. Now, after your iPhone auto locks, touch it to wake it up. 
  4. Then go back into the song and stop the song.
  5. Close down the Spotify/Apple Music app from running in the background.
  6. On your iPhone’s Home screen, you can now unplug your headphones.
  7. After that, press on the Sleep/Wake button to lock the iPhone and press on the button again to wake it up.
  8. Drag the slider to unlock the iPhone and then simply test again to see if the sounds begin to play from your speakers.

The steps above should allow the iPhone to no longer be in headphones mode.

Alternatively: Plug in Headphone whilst iPhone is Locked (Steps)

You can also try plugging in your headphones when the iPhone is locked. Here’s what you do: 

  1. Firstly, you will need to make sure that your iPhone automatically auto-locks the screen after a few minutes. Refer to Step 1 (above)
  2. Next, let the iPhone auto-lock itself.
  3. Then try to plug in your headset when the iPhone is locked.
  4. Now once you’ve plugged in, hold down on your Power button and wait until the ‘Slide to power off’ screen appears. 
  5. Drag the slider to turn your iPhone off.
  6. Unplug the headphones.
  7. Restart your iPhone, and try to see if it starts to play any sounds such as keyboard clicks.



10. Test By Recording Something.

Another user, Mark, who had a similar situation where he had his iPhone 6S stuck on headphones mode, suggested that after making an audio recording using the Voice Memos app it had fixed the issue.

It’s a great tip, and in fact, you can try this too using the Voice Memos app on your iPhone.

Simply open the app and try to record with the headphones plugged in first before removing them and recording another session again.



11. Clean iPhone Headphone Port.

It’s also possible that your iPhone is stuck in headphones mode because there may be debris or dirt stuck in the headphone jack or lightning port (iPhone 7 and newer).

When cleaning the headphone jack or lightning port, it’s crucial that you be gentle. It’s very easy to mess this up all by just poking it a little too hard or if you hit one of the very fragile components. We suggest that you also grab a flashlight when using the strategies below so that you can always look if you’re making any progress.

Below we share some of the safest ways to clean your headphone jack.

i) Q-tip

One of the safest ways to clean your headphones jack is to use a Q-tip.  Simply grab one and use it to clean inside your headphone jack gently.

Since they’re soft you don’t have to worry about it being harmful. This isn’t the case if you’re thinking of using a toothpick or a brush because the sharp edges can cause damage.

Also when you use your q-tip, do not push it in but rather swipe the debris outwards.




ii) Interdental Brushes

You can also use interdental brushes that are commonly used to clean braces. They are pretty effective as well because of their small size which can be inserted into the headphone jack.

Again, it’s important to not push it too in but rather swipe the debris outwards. 


Interdental Brush


iii) Compressed Air Can

We recommend that if you’re able to get your hands on a compressed air can, then it can do wonders to remove any lint, debris and gunk stuck between the headphone jack. You can obtain a can from online or from most office supply/computer shops.

It’s important to take note that when using a compressed air can, that you use the nozzle (the long straw-like thing). When using the compressed air can, press on it gently so that only a few bursts of air is blown. You can take the flashlight and actually look into the headphone jack everytime you press the can to see if it makes any difference.


Compressed Air Can



We advise against using a paperclip (folded/unfolded) or the plastic ink tube in a ballpoint pen when using to clean the headphone jack because it is both risky and the sharp edges can damage the headphone jack over time. The above ways are safer and more effective.



12. It Helps to Suck.

Another solution that was shared by users was to suck on the headphone port. 

Sucking the headphone port allows any debris that is stuck in the port to be loosened up and be removed. 

A cleaner option, one we recommend, would be to use a small vacuum cleaner to do it for you. They’re cheap and are much more effective than sucking it by yourself. 

Just make sure that you keep a microfiber cloth next to you every time you suck so that you can clear the debris away.



13. Look for The Water Damage Indicator on the iPhone.

 If you’ve dropped your iPhone into the water and subsequently found out that your iPhone is stuck in headphones mode, then it’s most likely that your iPhone’s headphone port has suffered water damage. 

This is especially the case if you’re using an iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (1st Generation) or earlier models. Since these models are not water-resistant, they’re prone to water damage.

Now if you did drop into the water, how do you exactly know if your iPhone is water damaged?

Well, your iPhone has a secret water damage indicator! Simply open up your SIM card slot (on the side of your iPhone) using the SIM card tray opener or a paperclip.

SIM Card Tray Open on iPhone


Then inspect the liquid contact indicator (LCI). If it is indicated as a red circle or red line then that means your iPhone has been in contact with water and may even possibly be damaged as a result. If this is the case, we advise you to quickly grab a hairdryer or anything that can dry the iPhone. You can also try to leave it in a bowl of rice.

Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI)


If that doesn’t work, then you should go straight to the Apple Store and have it checked (Method 17). It’s unlikely that Apple will replace the iPhone for you if it is water damaged, however, if you’re under AppleCare then you still have a chance. 

However, if you find that the indicator to be white/silver, then understand that your iPhone has not been damaged by water.



14. Update your iOS Version.

By making sure to keep your iOS updated, you’ll not only manage to fix your iPhone stuck in headphones mode but also you’ll prevent a lot of software-related bugs and problems from ever coming up in the future.

All you have to do is just follow these simple steps to get your iPhone updated and then you’re good to go.

  1. On your iPhone’s home screen, click on your Settings app and then tap on General.
  2. Next, click on Software Update.

Software Update iOS


  1. Give your iPhone a few seconds or so for it to check for any new updates.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


If there are updates, follow through with the update. Once you’re done it should fix your iPhone from being stuck in headphones mode. 



15. Adjust your iPhone’s Settings For Audio Routing.

There’s a setting that deals with where audio is heard during phone calls and FaceTime audio calls. It’s possible that this setting was misconfigured and may have caused any audio that is routed during calls to be not heard. 

The below steps will show you how to locate the setting and make the necessary changes that’ll fix your iPhone:

  1. Head over to your Settings, and then General.
  2. Next select Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down until you see Touch.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode


  1. Keep scrolling, until you see Call Audio Routing.
  2. Sweet! Now all you have to do is just make sure it is set to Automatic if yours is not then choose Automatic from the list.

Change Call Audio Routing


Now if you already find that it is already set to Automatic and it is still not working, then try and test by setting it to Speaker.

To check if this did the trick, all you have to do is just place a call or a Facetime audio call and then see for yourself if your speaker works.

If it does, then just go back to this same setting and change it back to Automatic



16. Still, Find That Your iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode? Factory Restore It.

If you find that none of the above methods works to fix your iPhone stuck in headphones mode then it’s pretty likely you might have a corruption in your iPhone’s iOS itself.

This is especially the case if you’ve ever jailbroken your iPhone. Since you made some tweaks here and there from Cydia, which directly modifies how the system functions making it prone to more bugs and issues. 

So what’s the solution?

You should go for a full factory restore for your iPhone. This should patch up all the corrupted iOS files and the files will be replaced with new ones that should get your iPhone running as good as new.



Make sure that you have backed up your iPhone using your iTunes. Do that before moving on with the steps below. Also, make sure that you’re using the latest version of iTunes. 


Here’s how you can put your iPhone into DFU mode:

  1. Go ahead and hold the Power button on your iPhone for 3 seconds.
  2. Keep holding the Power button but now you have to also hold down on your Home button for 15 seconds.
  3. Release the Power button while continuing to hold the Home button for another 10 seconds.
  4. Alright! Now your device should prompt with the Connect to iTunes Screen.
  5. Now plug in your iPhone into your computer and open your iTunes. It will either prompt to restore and update or you can manually restore using the following steps.
  6. To begin restoring your iPhone, go ahead and connect your iPhone to your computer.
  7. Now select your iPhone when it appears in your iTunes. Select the Summary tab, and then click the Restore button.
  8. Click Restore iPhone.

Restore iPhone using iTunes


  1. After you have finished with your restore, your iPhone will restart. Then, you should see the Slide to set up. From here on, follow the steps in the iOS Setup Assistant.
  2. You can always restore your device from a previous backup if you need it or you can also choose to set it up as new.

After doing the factory restore, you should be able to use your iPhone just like how you first got it without it being stuck in headphones mode.



17. Check Out Our Reader Suggested Solutions (Tried & Tested)

Since this post was published back in 2017, we’ve received tons of helpful suggestions from readers on some creative and effective ways to fix the ‘iPhone stuck on headphones mode’ issue. Our thanks go to all of you. 🙂

Below are a few of the many tips we’ve received and we hope if you’re encountering such an issue right now, that it helps your situation.

  • By doing a backup via iTunes on Mac or Windows PC —  A few users have found that by connecting their iPhone to their PC or Mac and trying to do an iTunes backup that it managed to get the iPhone unstuck from headphones mode. 
  • Test using a FaceTime call — instead of trying to phone call someone, try to test by using a FaceTime call. Allow for 10-20 seconds for the speaker to work and leave headphones mode.
  • Accept a call with headphones plugged in — a few users have also found that by accepting a call with the headphones plugged in and then plugging it out during the call helps to get the iPhone unstuck.
  • Press the ‘Speaker’ button during a call — by selecting to use the Speaker instead of your headphones, you’re effectively forcing the iPhone to come to the senses and use the speaker to output any audio. If the ‘Speaker’ button is greyed out, you can check out our guide here on how to fix it.
  • Try setting the Alarm Clock and Ring Tone (Settings app > Sounds & Haptics > play any ringtone) to play — you can also try to set your alarm clock or ring tone to go off on your iPhone to see if it forces the iPhone to play the sound out of the speakers.
  • Accessibility > VoiceOver > enable VoiceOver — by trying this it will ask you to press your Home button. Press the Home button and you should be brought back to speaker mode (removing you out of headphones mode) 
  • Use Q-tips, hairdryer and sucking in combination — most of the readers have said that using the combination of the Q-tips, hairdryer, and sucking repeatedly helped get the iPhone unstuck.
  • Backup using iCloud — a few have also tried to backup using their iCloud which also allowed the iPhone to be unstuck from headphones mode.




18. Have the iPhone Manually Checked by Apple.

So what do you do if none of the above ways has managed to fix the issue? 

We recommend that you first backup all your data using either iTunes, Finder or iCloud and then checking the Apple warranty options that are available to you. If you’re under AppleCare then you can go ahead and proceed to your nearest Apple Support or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have the iPhone inspected.

Chances are they most likely will tell you that your iPhone is not replaceable. If you’re on AppleCare you should be able to get it fixed but don’t expect it to be free as Apple may still charge you a fee.


Apple Repair


Feel free to also go through the many tips and advice from the many helpful comments posted by others who had the same issue below as well before making your trip. Let us know down below if you found a better option and we will update the article with your credit.


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  1. AMAZING!!! Thank you! I put it in airplane mode and tested the button on the side which puts the phone on silent; and I noticed it no longer said headphones. I was preparing myself mentally for a new phone but you saved me some money lol

    1. I tried it all and nothing worked, till I saw Samantha’s comment. Went back to airplane mode and slid the silent button and now it works. Thanks Samantha.

      1. OMG it’s working now!!!!!! It was driving me nuts. Thank you so much. All I had to do was pkug in earphones and then take it out!!! Thank you sooo much!

    2. Thanks, the airplane mode did the trick for me..was really frustrated…thank you for your advice.

      1. This one worked for me, as well! I thought I was going to have to go shell out some money for a new phone, and right before Christmas. By the way, I am on a 6S plus.

    3. Guys, guys i found the way!! You have to go to Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtones -> Try and put any of them. And I heard sound from my speakers as I pushed volume buttons to check. It also was written as “Sound effects”, then i went to my music and I tried playing it and YES it worked! Good luck!!!!

      1. I dropped my phone in a bucket of water and this actually did the trick for me went to setting sounds ringtones and while the ringtone played I turned the button on the side off and back on and it switched outta headphone !! Thank you!!!!

      2. Holy Cow! Going to Settings -> Sounds -> Ringtone and selecting a new tone worked. I was at my wits end. Emir, I consider you an honorary Apple Genius! 🙂

        1. I spoke a little too soon. While on the ‘Sounds’ screen, the ringtones and other sounds come out the speakers, but once I leave that screen the phone still thinks headphones are connected. 🙁 I’ll try out the q-tip solution later tonight.

      3. Omg this worked thank you soooooooo much! My new favorite person ever! Literally a life saver!

      4. I had tried everything and was on the Verizon site pricing new phones. But I tried your trick and it worked for me too! I had to power off and on again one more time after I used your trick but it worked! Thanks again.

      1. I tried this it took it out of the headphone mode but as soon as I got off of ringtones it out it back into headphone mode somebody please help me none of this worked

      2. Bluetooth trick worked at last! None of the other ones were working and I almost gave up

        You just saved me so much trouble

  2. 4. Try another pair of headphones

    This helped me. I just plugged the other headphones, plugged in and plugged out, problem solved.


  3. Had the same problem just now and I thought for sure that I had to phone Apple to have it fixed. I’m using iPhone 6S Plus. I tried everything on this list. There is one step though that worked for me but isn’t on this list. I went to Settings>General>Accessibility>Voiceover and turned it on. After that I went back to Home screen and told Siri to turn off Voiceover. Then everything was back to normal. That trick worked like a charm.

    1. Thank dear Marie,
      I tried all these ways none of them worked, but when I tried what you said it solved the problem! Thanks a bunch!

    2. This WORKED!!!! Wow, I can’t believe it. I tried every step above and nothing worked. I did this and then powered off my phone then back on and it was working again. I am SO thankful. Thank you Marie and all who helped!

    3. Marie I’m so so so much thankful to you. Your comment did a great help to me. Thankyou. I was really scared what would i do of my phone and then you saved me.

  4. Oh my god I tried everything, I was for certain the cotton swab trick was going to work because I had accidently gotten water inside the headphone jack. I cleaned it until it was no longer damp but it still said headphones. I tried trick #10 and it works perfectly now. I just had to switch it from automatic>speaker and then back to automatic. THANK YOU SO MUCH <3

  5. After trying #1 thru #5, the #8 push a cotton swab in, was the only thing that worked for my fone.

  6. You rock! I was on hold for several minutes with Sprint waiting for help in the Chat Room since my iPhone SE was stuck on headphones mode. I searched the web for help and saw your page. What worked for me was setting it on Airplane mode for several minutes, then i turned off Airplane mode and now it’s good to go. (Powering down did not work or plugging in and out the headphones). I am so happy now. 🙂

  7. Thanks a ton for this guide man!! You’re a saviour..water spilled on my phone and since then it had no sound..i changed the settings to speaker and rhen back to automatic!! N it worked..thankyou once again

  8. Tried all your 13 tricks and nah didn’t work . So I tried my own just pop ya SIM card slide out no need to remove sim and yep it worked

    1. I dropped my phone in water and I tried all these tricks plus the ones in the comment and nothing worked. Someone please help me.

      1. Dear Aude: I had a phone dropped in water and it was stuck on headphones. I used the end of an unfolded paperclip to push pretty hard on the three tiny little “ball” buttons on the inside surface of the headphone jack. There is one right near the opening, and two more farther down on the opposite wall.These buttons sense whether a jack is plugged in, and they can get stuck when it gets wet. It was hard to tell if it was working or not but all of a sudden the sound came out of the speakers again, so whatever was stuck must have worked free.

  9. Thankyou so much … I tried some other techniques except Airplane mode but bluetooth headphone technique worked really well for me .
    I was trying so many things from last 2-3 hours . Finally I found some of the new techniques from you. Thanks once again

  10. I put is in airplane mode AND updated the iOS. It worked but I don’t know which action was responsible

  11. Thank you so much, I used a plastic tooth floss and broke up some debri towards the sides of my charging port aka lightning headphone jack.. works like a charm.. thanks

  12. Thanks Thanks and Infinite Thanks
    Point number 10 shoot the enemy, otherwise i almost gave up with using suggestions from various sites, u r a star ⭐️

  13. hi there.none of these are working for me,and my phone just keeps switching back to headphone mode ,and i have never plugged headphones into my phone,
    anybody got any other ideas.

  14. I also had the same problem (Stuck in Headphone mode). I tried the connect with a Bluetooth speaker and magic! I’m back to normal and not stuck in the headphone mode! Thank you!!!!

  15. The q-tip method worked for me but it only fit after I cut one of the ends off. I tried everything e is this because The Q-tip didn’t fit in my headphones I was scared to cut the end off because I thought it would damage the jack but I did it eventually and it didn’t damage it whatsoever!!

  16. This info was a Godsend! Not sure if it was the airplane mode or the q-tip that did the trick but I’m so thrilled the expense of a new phone is not in my future.

  17. Thank you! Totally saved my ass I’d read like 5 other blogs and nothing was working, but the airplane mode did the trick! Cheers

  18. Thank you so much for the airplane mode step. I thought my phone was broke and finished. You really saved me thank you so much!

  19. my iphone 6s+ suffered this so i tried all this and nothing worked. So i offed the phone and kept it aside for 8 hours or so,i onned it and now its perfectly fine

  20. Thank you so much for saving my phone!! I tried too clean the jack and it worked!!! I think it’s because i like to bring it to the bathroom! Hahahaha. Anyway, thanks again!

  21. Thanks for the tips. Was freaking out cause my iPhone i had bought brand new outright this year. I managed to fix it by plugging in my headphones and then closing down all the apps running in the background and then unplugged the headphones. Hey presto iPhone speakers began working again! Huge life saver. Thankyou x

  22. Number 10 worked for me. Got drenched in the rain tonight and I was guessing that had something to do with it. Thanks a lot.

  23. I had the same problem with my brand new corporate issued iphone and blue tooth headset. The problem is that if you look really closely at the icon in the upper right corner, it is in headset & bluetooth mode. Simply turning off the bluetooth brought the phone back to normal. Is there anyway to tell iphone to only use bluetooth when on phone and leave other functions through internal speaker?

  24. Thank you so much … connecting to a Bluetooth speaker and then disconnecting it did the trick for me … god bless

  25. Nothing worked until I switched off and put in the sun with jack facing the sun. 5 minutes later it worked. Phew.

  26. Thank you so much! The Bluetooth speaker method worked for me. You are a genius! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  27. Short of opening the phone up, I tried pretty much everything on the list to no avail last night. Woke up this morning and guess what, working 100% now! Not sure which step did the trick in the end but thanks

  28. It worked props to you….. I already called someone to fix my phone…. You saved my money. The airplane mode did it for me

  29. OMG!!! I absolutely tried every method on different websites and nothing worked on me, until i saw one saying update your IOS so i tried to do this but my phone only had few mb left so there were not enough storage to do this, so i stated to delete some apps and half way through it, headphone mode just suddenly turned off!!!!!!!!! Wtf!!!!!! This is so stangr and weird!!!!!!

  30. Wow I honestly thought nothing would work it was so random with my phone not working but the call audio routing thing worked! Thank you for writing all this so smart!


  32. Dropped my phone in a bucket of water today, thought I reacted quickly enough to prevent destruction. Everything functioned fine and I didn’t notice the headphones only issue until I tried to show a kid “Mr Bojangles” on YouTube 12 hours later. Just as I was melting down, I begged to Siri to help me fix my headphones problem and she sent me here. Qtip, you, and some loud prayers to God saved the day (and my phone)! Now we’re rocking out to the jingle jangle on my phone!!

  33. Apparently none of them worked for me. My solution was that I went to ringtones and started changing the tones and The speakers started working and it fixed it.

  34. Oh my god! Nothing worked for me and I was about to completely give up and spend a fortune on getting it repaired when I read Samantha’s comments, well Emery’s comments about Samantha’s comments and it worked for me too! I hade a feeling it’s still a little broken, as when I use the silent mode switch it goes back to headphones but so far so good! THANK YOU THANK YOU, THANK YOU, ALL SO MUCH!

  35. Thank you so so so so much,it’s so amazing I just switch to airplane mode 15 minuets and then have voice for anything. I tried many ways but just this worked! You are so smart,hope more people know this so nice way to help them.

  36. None of these were working for me but i left my phone over night and in the morning everything went back to normal !!! i was so stressed but thankfully it healed itself lol

  37. Thank you so much. I had my doubts but it worked after your first tip of removing the case. I thought it was damaged after being in heavy rain, hail and snow last night and noticed my phone was poking out of my pocket. Not sure how removing the case fixed it but it did. You just saved me making an insurance claim

  38. Thank you so much for the great “Airplane Mode” tip! I tried everything else like plugging in and unplugging headphones, restarting the phone, etc. and nothing worked until I tried “Airplane Mode” for 15 minutes and it worked great! Thank you!

  39. 10. Change your iPhone’s Settings
    I tried all the methods bur they didn’t work for me…. however method 10 worked for me. Thanks a MILLION!!!
    Deep appreciation.

  40. I was about to give up and give Apple Support a call, I cleaned it out with a cotton swab, plugging headphones in and out, resetting, airplane mode, different headphones, all that and nothing…. then i finally tried changing the call audio from automatic to speaker, back to automatic and it works!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!

  41. Nothing on this list help me fix my phone. But the thing that worked to get the Headphone on to come off was I got a hair dryer and blew hot air Into my head jack and my charging port. I blew it in there while my phone was off and when I turned my phone on it said I had to wait until my phone cool down because the temperature was too hot. As soon as I was able to use my phone though it was fixed.

  42. I tried a lot of the suggested things mentioned here. Finally, I plugged and unplugged a couple of different earbud sets in and out of my phone jack and that finally worked. This was driving me crazy all day today and so glad it is
    working now 🙂

  43. This needs to be the number one search on Google, because everyone else says to turn it on and off and then get a new phone if its not fixed. But the airplane mode fix works! I turned airplane mode on for ten minutes and suddenly the volume changed from headphones to ringer. You are a lifesaver! I had literally just paid off my phone and switched carriers, so there was no way to upgrade or get the phone fixed without paying a ton of money. Thank you!

  44. This literally saved my life! Thank you so much. I turned my phone off and on again… then I put on airplane mode for 10 minutes and turned it back off. THEN I went onto my settings- selected General- pressed accessibility and changed my ft to speaker… AMAZINGGGFF

  45. Thank you thank you, I got really discouraged when the airplane mode didn’t work for me. I tried almost all of your suggestions and thought I was doomed. Then I connected to something via blue tooth and it switched right out of headphone mode. Hopefully, it is fixed for good. Thank you again!

  46. I just experienced my first snow in japan. And the stupid me, played and took pictures forgetting that i dont have the waterproof iphone. When i got home i tried watching the videos, but no audio. Na-da! Alarm bells started ringing and i immediately turned it on and off, plug and unplug… na-da. What i did next, i turned my airplane mode on, played music, connected with my wireless speakers then abruptly turn it off. Then when i heard the music playing from my phone, i swear i could hear the alleluia chorus, thank you so much for the tips! Lifesaver!

  47. Hi guys, I too tried all of the above methods but nothing worked for me. Even after cleaning or resetting your device you might continue to have the same prob. What I did was, I took a bud reduced it so that it would fit in the jack, dipped it into petrol ( gas/lighter fluid/deodorant) and cleaned the inside of my jack. Such method would erase any grease/solid particles which prevent the bearings in the jack to work. Once those balls/bearings move accordingly, it would make the jack functional again.
    Cheers 🙂

  48. THANKS A LOT. It worked well. I mean that earbuds trick worked well. Actually the problem was I keep my cell in my pocket so some of the cotton material of my pocket have made an entry to the headphones jack so I was troubling my cell and now by using earbuds I tried it and I got success. Thanks for the idea.
    The article is awesome because it is somewhat in a regular language and even it gave me a humor to read and thus solved my problem. Thanks.!

  49. I was about to give up but I tried one more thing & it fixed my phone in maybe 1,4 secs. The only thing u have to do is slide up to your control center and slide the volume button hella fast upndown, it worked like a charm

  50. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You saved my phone. Airplane mode for 15 mins did the trick. If my phone falls in water again I know what to do.

    1. Mate I suck out the head phone jack with my mouth and played with the volume buttons and it work!! I tried absolutely everything I nearly gave up and this work

  51. the comments are really helpful. I turned on the airplane mode, then swiped up the control center, and played with the volume up and down, until I saw that Volume icon on screen, instead of Headphones.

  52. You’re my savior, my hero. The airplane mode worked for me! I left it on for about 10 minutes and it did the trick!

  53. Omg it worked! After I tried all the above like cotton bud, turning off my phone, using headphones and plug it out, and none of them worked, finally I simply tried airplane mode and was on for about 4 mins and it worked! So thankful and happy!


    I was trying these steps for over half an hour and nothing was working. I finally went into an Apple forum and some guy said to suck air from the headphone jack as hard as you could. I did it twice and it finally worked!!

    I feel like this step should be included because it works great when you have a drop of water in your headphone jack (or snow in my case). Thanks!

  55. I tried all of these trick but none worked but this one did so for this you need to hold down the on/off button as well as the home button keep ahold of it until the scream goes black and still do not let go on the buttons on then let go when the screen goes to the Apple sigh and it should go back to the normal volume.

    It’s 11:43pm now I up till this late is because I tried to fix this stupid thing and I finally got i thought I would tell you guys and you might get some help so happy this worked

  56. Sorted mine by plugging in and unplugging another set of headphones. (Non apple ones worked first time, didn’t work using the originals although I did try them first, several times!) Thank you for being so helpful and saving me from upgrading early

  57. Thank you! I tried everything, the cotton bud trick worked for me. I was already thinking of buying a new phone but you saved me!!!!!!

  58. Thank you so much! Tried everything had to remove the cotton from the cotton bud but it fit perfectly and worked it’s back to ringer! Legend thanks

  59. Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!
    I was seriously beginning to panic! This has got to be one of the MOST helpful articles ever!

  60. Omg you are the best!!! A bug crawled into my headphone jack and being unaware I plugged in my headphones. Cleaned jack but couldnt get it off of headphone mode. You are a lifesaver. Restarting wasnt working. Neither was plugging in and unplugging headphones. I saw your tip about connecting to a bluetooth speaker. That was an awesome tip. I streamed to my chromecast and all the sudden it was no longer in headphone mode. Thank you so much!!!

  61. I literally tried everything!!! From the steps to the comments and I am getting sooooo frustrated help me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

  62. Things that didn’t work. 1. Restart 2. Airplane mode 3. Blue tooth sync 4. Plugging in headphone 5. Q tip

    And the winner was …

  63. I can’t believe the airplane mode worked!!! I had hard reset, turned off/on, plugged in/out, qtip.
    And in the end, blimey airplane mode did it.

      1. Miguel you are a lifesaver. I have tried everything on this list and several other blog for the past 7hrs. Deleted an app and Volume appeared

        1. Drea you are a life saver! Absolutely nothing worked for me but deleting an all did! Thank you Drea and Miguel. Thank you so so so much!

  64. Nothing has worked for me till now 🙁 Not even the airplane mode which has worked for many according to the comments. Any other idea?

  65. Thanks! But I got the best idea!
    Make a phone call
    Switch to speaker phone
    Steam music in the background
    Hang up the call
    Guess what’s playing through your speakers

    1. Kennus, I tried pretty much every other tip, and nothing was working, but this did the trick. Thanks so much!

  66. Total life saver for my daughters phone.
    Tried everything for last 2 hrs. Phoned different set of headsets (not apple) and problem fixed!!
    thank you!!

  67. July 2018 iPhone 6 regular version , after upgrade to new iOS ( 11. Something ) phone stuck in head phone mode !? Upset me . . Tried most of above , didn’t work, turned off for 5 minutes while in airplane mode … and phone off , I cleaned jack with a-dry Q-Tip 3 times ( had to trim tip to fit ) blew jack opening out with air , turned on and flipped the silent red button on the side , and no more head phone logo … so , it worked just fine !!! Weird things , I tried cleaning jack before , tired tiring off , tired settings, tied airplan mode , tried dang near everything … must have plugged in and out head phones dozen times , used blue tooth , nothing worked , until .. just stumbled across the lucky / correct order of events and it started working. Never had this issue until I did lastnight iOS update , maybe my head phone jack was dirty and the iOS update thought head phones in and that forced it ? Oh well . It’s good to go now. Thanks for the ideas .

  68. I dropped my phone in water then i realized my phone is stuck in headphones mode. I tried plugging in headphones and moving it then removing it and it worked. But only for 5 minuets. Now my phone keeps going back to headphones mode by itself all the time. I would unlock it from it so many times and just leave it for minutes then it’s back to it….. please HELP 🙁

  69. None of these steps worked for me. But then I decided to keep my phone off over night (I slept like 10 hours lol), and rolled up a piece a tissue and stuck it in the headphone jack, and when I woke up, it was back to normal!

  70. None of these worked for me. I rebooted the phone, tried cleaning the jack, airplane mode, hard reset it, audio routing. What worked for me was this: i turned off the phone, let it rest for a few minutes, and then turned it back on. While the phone was initialising and the apple logo was still on the screen i plugged in the headphones and let the phone finish initialising. After the phone had booted up and i inputted the passcode i unplugged the headphones and afterwards: voila!! The phone went back to normal functioning. I’m just saying, if none of these steps worked for you (as was my case) you can try this trick as well. Hope it works for you as it did for me

  71. It is so simple if you used everything so try it this way. Make a pressure in your mouth and release in headphones jack with full power on unplged. This is not working when clean your headphone jack

  72. Thanks for your help. You save my phone. Step no. 10 works for me. Tried to install and update my phone and now it’s normal again.

  73. Great!So glad I landed on this after tampering with my phone for over two days and almost throwing it out of the window lol!!After I pushed the cotton swab in the headphone port PAP my phone was back to normal!Plus I love the humour in the post.Kept me going from one trial to the next!Thanks

  74. Went through each of the steps until I got to the Q-Tip advice and that one worked for me! Not going to lie – I was starting to feel pretty dejected since the Q-Tip option is #9. I pulled a little bit of the fuzz off so that it would fit through the opening and carefully worked the q-tip into the headphone port. It didn’t work immediately but I left the q-tip in the opening for a length of time and then pulled it out and it worked!
    Very grateful for the advice!

  75. Wow!!! It’s amazing and very helpful! I went through upto 5th step ( airplane mode) and I got my phone ready. Thank you so much for this homemade remedy.

  76. I tried your awesome tricks to no avail. Then I squirted wd40 in the headphone and lightning sockets and shook out the excess. Do not throw your slippery phone on the ground while doing this!!

    It works great now.

  77. If nothing works, let the batery consume until the iphone turnoff, wait ten minutes then charge and the iphone turn on and the problem its fix.

    1. OMG!! It finally works! Thank you so much!!!!

      I tried all of the tricks multiple times, no luck. I almost gave up. I read through the comments, eventually your method brought my phone back to audio : “ let the phone consume its battery until turnoff, leave the phone for 2 hours, recharge the phone”. It works like a charm.

      Thank you all, keep trying, don’t give up

  78. OMG!! You’re amazing!! I spent probably 2 hours trying out all the other articles/YouTube videos that came up for this problem (of course having to at first have the AUX cord plugged in the phone while in my car, then finally finding a pair of headphones I could use so I didn’t have to sit in my car, so I could hear the stupid useless YouTube videos ), I came across YOUR article and tried 1 through 8 to no avail
    Then once I tried #9 (performing any iOS updates, which I usually avoid doing cuz I hate most of their updates!)…..once it finished the update it’s been prompting me to do forever now….IT WORKED!!!!

  79. hey guys! got water poured all over my phone today and it suddenly keep showing “HEADPHONE”.
    i actually tried from 1-end step here, nothin work, airplane mode, this that, and i saw randomly somewhere by “SUCKING THE HEADPHONE WHOLE” i know it sounds silly, but guess what?
    IT WORKS! IT DID WORK. haha. also the airplane mode on.
    i swear this shit work, gosh, lucky. anyway, thanks for sharing all of the ways guys.

  80. I realized reading your tips that it was quite likely that dirt had got into the headphone port (I have airpods so I don’t use it). I tried the Q tips, which didn’t work, but then blasted it with compressed air and it worked!
    Thank you!

  81. Put it in airplane mode, power off and on charge and leave until it fully charges.
    Turn back on and that’s worked everytime for me!

  82. Go to Accessibility > VoiceOver > highlight the voiceover tab > then it will say press home button for canceling. Press home button. You will be back to Speaker Mode!!!

  83. Only thing that worked for me was sucking on the headphone port. I was out in the rain today so I guess some moisture got in there.

  84. I can’t believe after everything I check, updating the iOS is what fixed it. I’m just so happy it’s working that I’m not cheesed it was the iOS…

  85. I’ve tried most things here including updating my IOS and nothing has worked. 🙁 the only thing I haven’t done is hard reset or DPU, I’ve never jailbroken my iPhone so don’t think I need to do that. I’ve looked through so many comments as well and none of them have worked either. I didn’t even have any headphones plugged into my phone either. I was sitting scrolling on my phone in the bath and next minute sound wasn’t working.

  86. I was running in the rain with my phone and it got wet while the headphones were in. I tried a few things on the list but airplane mode on and off did the trick. Thank you!

  87. Sounds dodgy but a little silica gel gets rid of water damage so fast it’s incredible. I put maybe 8 of the beads in and my phone was working within less than a minute after not working for hours and having tried everything. Hope this helps!

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