How to Fix: iPhone stuck in headphones mode

iPhone stuck in headphone mode and it preventing user from hearing the sound. Also iPhone acts like headphones are plugged in.

Solution 1:-

If you see the icon like this when you adjust the volume buttons, there may be broken piece or dirt in the headphone port.

Unplug and re-plug iPhone headphones several times (at least 8 to 10 times). Use hairdryer or toothpick on the iPhone headphone port to remove broken headphone jack or dust.

iPhone stuck in headphone mode

If you spilled milk or Pepsi like water, use q-tip (with the cotton ripped off)

Solution 2:-

Reset the iPhone. Press and hold Sleep/Wake button and Home button together until Apple logo appears.

Solution 3:-

Play a song (lengthy duration) and allow iPhone to completely lock.

Now insert iPhone compatible headset jack.

Unlock iPhone. Stop audio and unplug jack.

Solution 4:-

Plug in headset when phone is locked.

Hold down power button. It will bring “slide to power off” bar.

Now remove the headphones.

Press the “cancel” button at the bottom of the screen.

Now check the sound.

Solution 5:-

Connect your iPhone via Bluetooth to a speaker system.

Play a music.

Switch from speaker system back to Phone.

If you have any other issues or solutions, do let us via comment.

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395 responses to How to Fix: iPhone stuck in headphones mode

Ahhhhhh. I tried all of the above except for #5. Thanks to the comments I kept trying and tried the qtip/ hairdryer combo platter and… BAM I got music again. ??? thank you everyone for your comments I would have tossed my phone if I didn't read these.

My iPhone 6 Plus was stuck in headphone mode after I dropped it in water. Ringer mode was restored after I was able to loosen one of the three metal bearings inside the headphone jack that was stuck. I used a high-powered magnifier and a metal pin. No other solution worked.

I got my phone a little wet last night and had this issue. I contacted apple via their chat system, and while they were nice they wanted nearly 300 dollars to fix this. Screw that! I tried #3 and it works like brand new. Thank you so much!!

I dropped my phone and soup, and everything was fine until i noticed this was happening It took numerous qtip twists, but after a bit, after cleaning it more time and trying #4, it worked! dont get frustrated too quick everyone, just give it some time.

Yes.. Apple chat not very helpful, so I tried #1 and problem solved with one Q tip in headphone jack … came out wet and black…

None of these things worked for me, but I managed to sort the situation by plugging my head phones in leaving them in for an hour or so then take them out! Phone had sorted itself out! Hope this helps!

The hairdryer and q-tip worked perfectly, but you just have to be patient. I did the combo for about 15 minutes before it worked. But thanks so much for the suggestion.

Did all of the above and then tried them again. The blow dryer finally did the trick. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! You rock!!

If the jack is clean, try putting the phone on Airplane Mode for 15 minutes. Turn it off and voila! the ringer works again.

I have a iPhone 6s Plus I did the hairdryer trick for 5 mins and waited until the cool off screen appeared after it cooled all sound was restored thanks guys/gals…….??

Gosh…. i too encountered this problem in iphone 6s . certainly it is the dust or moisture which makes this bizarre.
I had dropped my phone in snow and apparently this issue started. However thin pin cleared off the issue. you just need to clean off the headphone or ear phone port with a thin pin as moisture or thin layer of dust is detected as a hardware.

The hairdryer works. I put a timer for 10 minutes and put the hairdryer on low then on the last min put it at high and when I powered back on it worked

So I read on the iPhone forum someone sucks on the headphone jack. Not joking this actaully works depending what the problem was. Tried in 3 times about to give up I tried one more time and it worked. Some people might have to suck for 5 seconds each time up to ten times.

I tried everything on this forum and nothing worked. Till I read your comment! It did sound weird but I thought what the hell I'll try it. And it worked! Thanks so much

Spilled bourbon all over the IPhone6… None of these tricks worked. Eventually I turned the phone off and let it sleep in a bowl of rice overnight. The rice sucked all the moisture out and in the morning I was no longer in headphone-hell but my hangover was significant.

iPhone 6s: tried #1-4, no success, then tried qtip, no success, then tried hair dryer – worked within 10 seconds. Got greedy, stopped early, failed again – hair dryer x 1 minute did the job more permanently. (5 minutes probably would have been better but I was late for work!) Of note, my phone was never wet – must have been dust?

Woke up and it's stuck. Nothing's worked so far but I haven't tried the hairdryer yet. Must be lint since I was asleep and didn't get it wet when it freaked out

None of these solutions worked for me. Somehow I got lucky and just kept hitting a song track and flipping the switch on the side and i saw it change to "Ringer".

None of this worked for me BUT this did!…Go to Setting/General/Accessibility and look for Call Audio Routing. If it's set to Automatic, select Speaker and hopefully it will fix your issue.

I tried all the options and nothing worked. It was caused with a little water. I finally restored my iphone to a recent backup and it solved the issue.

i received a call and the problem just gone. but when i plug in the headphone it happens again. my friends called my phone again and the problem gone. i think mine is not about the headphone jack alone

#5 worked for me when I kept it plugged into the speaker and did a hard reset to disconnect it from the speaker. Once it came back up, phone worked like a charm again😊

The Q-tip one is a blessing omg
I never realized how dirty the little slot was! Thank you so much!!
( iphone 6s )

Thank you thank you thank you!! I tried all your suggestions on my 6s and the hairdryer worked brilliantly! So relieved!

I've tried everything and nothing is working! I don't know what to do! I've literally done everything. iPhone 6S Plus.

Unfortunately, none of these worked but this did!:
Plug your phone in and make sure it has a power source other than the battery. In Settings, go to Sounds and find the ringer volume slider. With one hand, aggressively slide it back and forth on the "louder" half of the slider. With the other hand, hold the power and home button to do a soft reset. When the phone rebooted, I heard the charging sound and we were in business!

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