How to Fix iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode?
"My iPhone is stuck in headphone mode and it says "Headphone (Ringer)" when adjusting the volume. And I can't hear through the regular earpiece on phone calls, etc. I have literally tried everything that I've seen, blowing in the jack, compressed air, sucking through it, and all that. Is there anything else that can be done?" -- From Apple Forum
Have you ever met the situation that your iPhone gets stuck in headphone mode? When iPhone is stuck in headphone mode, you can see the word "Headphones" above the volume slider why trying to adjust volume but you can hear no sound from your device. Why is that? And how to fix iPhone stuck in headphone mode?
Generally speaking, if you are stuck in headphone mode on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, which is caused by the hardware problem, like the headphone jack, but not the software problem. So if you have tried to fix it with hard reset or other operations, they may not help. Usually, there are several possible reasons will lead to this issue, including:
- iPhone's headphone jack is damaged, either physically or with liquid.
- The debris stuck inside the haedphone jack, which makes iPhone think the headphones are plugged in, triggers iPhone headphone mode.
- Disconnect the headphones/speakers while your device is busy.
- Disconnect the headphones/speakers too quickly.
- Use an incompatible or low-quality brand of headphones.
- There is some problem with your 3.5mm headphone jack.
However, if your iPhone gets stuck in headphone volume mode, it is easy to fix.
Since the headphone mode problem is caused by either software or hardware, we can try to get iPhone out of headphone mode with some methods related to software and hardware. Now let's see how to fix iPhone stuck in headphone mode from easy to difficult together.
Tip 1. Clean the Headphone Jack
Sometimes the dirt or dust inside the headphone jack may trigger the headphone mode, too. Please use a toothpick or needle to remove the dust or dirt inside of the headphone jack. While clening, please be gentle and careful to avoid damage the headphone jack.
Tip 2. Plug and Unplug Your Headphones Several Times
Sometimes your iPhone has not completely recognized that your headphones were disconnected. So please plug the headphones or speakers into the headphone jack and take them out for several times, trying to make your iPhone detect your headphones correctly.
Tip 3. Use Another Pair of Headphones
Sometimes if your headphone is not the original ones, they may not be compatible for your iPhone; or maybe there are some physical problems in your headphones. You can try to use another pair of headphones and plug and unplug them to get rid of the problem.
Tip 4. Reboot Your iPhone
If you have tried all above methods to resolve the problem, but the headphone mode still remains, there should be the software problem. So you can try to restart your iPhone to refresh the sound output settings. Just press the power button to turn off your iPhone, then press Power button again to turn it on.
Tip 5. Update iOS on Your iPhone
If your iPhone still stuck in headphone mode, there may be some corruption in iOS software. You can upgrade your iPhone to the latest iOS version to fix software errors or bugs. Before updating, please backup your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud in case of data lost.
After that, you can go to "Settings" > "General" > "Software Update" on your iPhone to download and install the latest iOS software in your iPhone. When the installation is complete, your iPhone will reboot automatically and your iPhone is supposed to get back to normal.
Tip 6. Restore iPhone to Factory Settings
If your iPhone is running the latest iOS version, or after upgrading your iPhone to the latest iOS version, but your iPhone still stuck in headphone mode, you can restore your iPhone to factory settings. Thus your iPhone's problem will be fixed. Please remember to backup your iPhone with iTunes or iCloud before the process, or all of your settings and contents will be erased after resetting.
Now you can reset your iPhone to factory settings. Please go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" > "Erase All Conotents and Settings" > "Erase iPhone" on your iPhone. After that, you can also get back your iPhone data by restoring from iCloud backup or iTunes backup.