How to Fix Ringer Volume Issues on iOS 14

Wondering how you can fix ringer volume issues on iOS 14?

The relatively new iOS 14 update, depending on the time you’re reading this, came with a lot of cool new features for us Apple enthusiasts. In fact, this update is regarded as the most user-customizable update thus far.

Unfortunately, just like most big updates, this usually comes with a number of software issues and bugs. One of these bugs is having ringer volume issues, like the one you’re facing right now.

In this article, we’ll go over the reasons behind this problem and guide you through the solutions that you can do to try and fix this problem. Here’s how to fix ringer volume on iOS 14.

Let’s get started!


1. Remove Your Phone Case.

Starting with a fix that’s often forgotten at first, your iPhone case can be the culprit of this issue. This is especially common for really thick iPhone cases that are tight. Removing your case will save you a lot of time and effort if it is the source of the problem.

At the same time, simply removing your iPhone case for a couple of hours is a great way to get back to your work without having to spend a couple of minutes troubleshooting your problem. However, if the issue persists, go ahead and proceed to the next methods down below.


2. Give Your iPhone A Restart.

Although the ringer issue can also be a hardware problem, if this issue started after you updated to iOS 14, then we can assume that it’s software-related. Restarting your iPhone can do a lot to help fix and alleviate software issues like this.

By restarting your device, you’ll be terminating all software processes, including your operating system. Doing so will iron out any software issues that have built up in the background of your iPhone that is possibly causing this issue.

Here’s how you can restart your iPhone:

  1. First, go ahead and hold down the power button for a couple of seconds. You should find this on the right side of your iPhone, but this can also be at the top-right corner if you’re on an iPad.

  1. After several seconds, a red slider should appear on your screen with a slider that says ‘Slide to power off’. Drag or swipe this slider to the right to shut down your iPhone.
  2. Finally, after the screen has fully powered off, wait for a couple of seconds and press the power button again to turn on your iPhone.

Now, contrary to most articles out there, performing a force restart on your iPhone is not going to help it restart any better. In fact, a force restart is potentially hazardous to your device as this will abruptly cut the power off your iPhone.


3. Disable The ‘Change With Buttons’ Feature.

Moving on, we’ll try to disable a feature that controls your ringtone volume with your volume buttons. Alternatively, you can also enable this feature instead. Setting this in the opposite orientation is a great way to troubleshoot and try to fix this problem.

This feature is responsible for letting you change the volume of your ringer with your volume buttons. After disabling this, the only way you can change your volume should be through the settings, in the same place that you’ll be disabling this feature.

Here’s how you can disable the ‘Change With Buttons’ feature:

  1. Start by opening up the Settings app on your iPhone and look for Sounds and Haptics.
  2. From there, look for and tap on Ringers and Alerts.

  1. Now, disable or enable Change With Buttons. Whether you disable or enable the feature, try to set the ringer volume to the appropriate volume.

After that, you can either proceed through the next step or leave your iPhone for a couple of minutes to see if the issue still persists.


4. Turn Off ‘Attention Aware’ Features.

An intuitive feature that’s really convenient to have is the ‘Attention Aware’ setting. This was introduced at the same time face IDs became a locking method for iPhones. The ‘Attentive Aware’ feature will determine if you’re facing your iPhone or not, and adjust the ringer volume accordingly.

This works on the presumption that since you’re already looking at your iPhone, you won’t need to hear the loud ringer volume once you receive a call. Unfortunately, this can also cause bugs and malfunction the ringer volume.

Here’s how you can turn off the ‘Attention Aware’ feature:

  1. Go ahead and open up your iPhone’s Settings app and go to General.

  1. Once you’re there, go to Accessibility and navigate to Face ID and Attention.
  2. Finally, scroll down and disable the Attention Aware Features option.

Like all the previously mentioned methods, try to test this for a couple of minutes or hours to see if the problem persists. Hopefully that helped you fix ringer volume issues on iOS 14.


5. Turn Off Bluetooth.

Perhaps you’re connected to a Bluetooth device. If you’re iPhone is currently connected to a faulty Bluetooth device, a connectivity error or hardware issue with the Bluetooth speaker can cause your ringer volume to decrease to nothing.

Alternatively, even having the Bluetooth option enabled can still produce residual errors related to your Bluetooth earphones. Instead of just turning off your Bluetooth device, try to disable your Bluetooth connection instead.

Here’s how you can turn off Bluetooth:

  1. From your home screen, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to bring up the Control Center.

  1. You should find the Bluetooth icon at the top-left corner of your screen, tap on and disable the feature.

6. Update Your iPhone’s iOS.

It’s no secret that iOS 14 came out with a ton of bugs and glitchy software issues. Apple’s development team has been working overtime to address these issues along with their support system.

As of November 2, 2020, the latest iOS version is iOS 14.1. To help you with this, we’ll guide you through the steps to update your iPhone’s operating system. Before you proceed, make sure you’re connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and have at least 50 percent battery life on your device.

Here’s how you can update your iPhone’s iOS:

  1. First, open up the Settings app from the home screen and go to General.

  1. Next, tap on Software Update. If an update is available, there should be a clear indication on your screen.
  2. Lastly, go ahead and tap on Install Now to begin updating your operating system. This can take a couple of minutes or an hour.

Your iPhone will restart once the update is done, after which you can try to see if the issue still persists.


7. Check Your iPhone’s Hardware Condition.

Finally, although this issue happened after the iOS 14 update, you’ll still have to consider hardware defects or problems on your device. Unknowingly, your iPhone might have dropped or been squeezed too tightly at some point.

Either way, you can have your iPhone checked by a professional electrician in one of Apple’s nearby stores. Furthermore, if this is a new iPhone, then we encourage you to look up or contact Apple’s customer support to check on your warranty.

Here’s how you can contact Apple’s customer support. That wraps up this article. Hopefully we helped you fix ringer volume issues on iOS 14. If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to leave us a comment down below.

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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedInX (Twitter)

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