How to Turn Off Headphone Safety on iPhone (Updated 2022)

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Tanja Gadgets / Apple iPhone

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According to studies, wearing headphones for an extended period of time might cause infections and ear wax build-up. Consequently, gadget manufacturers tend to add some safety features, this one being named Headphone Safety, in order to notify and protect users from damages such as these.

However, as useful as Headphone Safety might be, it can get a bit annoying, especially when you’re in a loud space, and even though the volume is set up high, you still can’t hear everything that well, it feels a bit pointless.

Luckily, even though iPhones have the feature automatically set as ‘On’, it can be turned off permanently, so you can stop receiving those boring and annoying notifications.

The process is not complicated at all, and we will guide you through the entire process with our step-by-step guide.

How do I turn the Headphone Safety feature off on iPhone?

Before we get started, bear in mind that depending on which iOS your iPhone is currently running, the feature might be named differently, and might be placed under different Settings.

However, we will guide you through both processes, so you can turn the feature off.

  1. Headphone Safety under Sounds and Haptics

For some iOS users, the Headphone Safety feature can be turned off under Sounds and Haptics, follow these steps to check:

  • Open the Settings app on your phone, and go to ‘Sounds & Haptics’.
  • Under ‘Sounds & Haptics’, click on ‘Headphone Safety’.
  • In the following section, you will be given an option to turn the feature off, just toggle on the button next to ‘Headphone Notifications’ and ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’.

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  1. Headphone Safety under Accessibility

For some users, especially those running on iOS 15.1 or 15.2, the Headphone Notifications feature cannot be turned off when opening the Sounds & Haptics sections, but they rather get the number of notifications they’ve received in the past 6 months.

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However, changes can be made, just from a different section in your phone, follow these steps:

  • Open your phone Settings, and go to ‘Accessibility’.
  • Under ‘Accessibility’, click on ‘Audio/Visual’.
  • In the new section, towards the middle of the screen, locate the ‘Headphone Notifications’ feature, and toggle the button next to it to turn it off. You’ll be asked to confirm once again since the feature being set as ‘Off’ might cause health issues.

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Additional info

By toggling the button next to this feature, you will officially have it turned off. However, users who are using in-ear headphones, should consider leaving this feature on. Using in-ear headphones, such as AirPods causes damage due to the fact that the heat heightens within the ear, making it easier for bacteria to survive with no issues.

Another possible issue that you might experience as a result of overusing in-ear headphones, is build-up ear wax, which after some period of time will require a doctor’s visit, for sure.