Has it ever happened to you to unplug your headphones from your iPhone and switch to iPhone speakers, but when you play music on, you hear no sound coming out of the speakers? And you see a message on your screen showing your headphone volume even though no headphones are connected.
If this has ever happened to you, then most probably your iPhone is stuck in headphone mode and thinks the headphones are plugged in, but they are actually not.
So you tried a hard reset, putting your headphones in, and taking them out again, but the issue is still not fixed.
This isn’t a rare issue and usually happens with newer iPhones after using headphones that connect to the Lightning port or via Bluetooth. But whatever model of iPhone you have, no worries, the issue is easily fixed.
Also, your iPhone being stuck in headphone mode may be one of the reasons why Siri is not working on your iPhone.
Apple discarded the headphone jack when they released the iPhone 7. Many people have moved on to using Bluetooth headphones like AirPods.
However, Apple didn’t completely remove the option to use wired headphones on newer iPhones. iPhone 7 or newer models come with a pair of wired headphones that connect to the iPhone’s Lightning (charging) port.
Also, a new iPhone 7, 8, or X have a dongle with which you connect your old headphones to your iPhone’s Lightning port. Later generations such as iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR don’t include the dongle anymore.
So although iPhone 7 and later models don’t have the traditional headphone jack, they can still get stuck in headphone mode and think that there are headphones plugged in.
Follow the steps below to fix your iPhone stuck in headphone mode.
One of the reasons why your iPhone is stuck in headphone mode may be because of a hardware or software problem. If it’s a software problem, the issue should be fixed after you restart your phone.
After restarting your iPhone, open the Control Center to check if your iPhone is still stuck in headphone mode or not. If it still is, check if there’s a physical problem with your phone.
If your iPhone got stuck into headphone mode it may be because it’s not running with the latest iOS version. Apple frequently pushes new features and bug fixes with updates to iOS.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for new updates.
If there are any updates available, download and install, and again check if the issue is still there.
In the latest version of iOS, you can control the audio output on your iPhone: headphones, the iPhone's speakers, HomePod, other external speakers, etc.
So the issue with your iPhone being stuck in headphone mode may have to do with the audio output settings.
To check the audio output settings:
It's possible that your iPhone didn’t recognize when you unplugged your headphones, or perhaps there is dirt buildup in the headphone port, which tricks the sensors into thinking that they are still plugged in.
Try unplugging and plugging your headphones three or four times to clean up any dirt stuck in the headphones. And then shake your iPhone to let loose the dirt out of the port.
Your iPhone may think it's connected to an external audio source like Bluetooth headphones. To fix this, turn on and off the Airplane Mode.
Turning on Airplane Mode temporarily disconnects all networking on the phone, including Wi-Fi networks and, more importantly, from Bluetooth devices. So, if Bluetooth is causing the issue, disconnecting it with turning Airplane Mode on should solve the problem.
Another reason why your iPhone thinks your headphones are plugged in is that there may be lint or other gunk built up in the headphone jack.
Turn off your iPhone before inserting anything into the headphone or Lightning port, so you don’t cause a short circuit or introduce a static charge to the electronics.
Warning: Don't insert any sharp objects like a straightened paper clip into your jack so you don’t damage your phone.
Instead, use the following tools to clean dirt and debris:
If the above tools don’t work you might try using the inner tube of a pen, if you have an iPhone 6S or earlier model.
If cleaning out the headphone jack didn’t fix the problem, your phone might have been damaged by water or other moisture getting inside. Many models have a water-damage indicator in the SIM Card slot.
If you have an iPhone 4S and an earlier model, you'll find the liquid indicator tab inside the headphone port itself.
Unfortunately, if your iPhone is water damaged, there's nothing you can do to repair it except replace the device.