iPhone stuck in headphones mode, fix

Sometimes iPhone gets stuck in Headphones mode preventing you from hearing the sound. The problem is that iPhone mistakenly acts as if headphones are plugged in.

How to fix

If you see the icon below when you adjust the volume buttons, there may be debris in the headset port. To remove, unplug then re-plug headphones several times (at least 7-8 times).  Some users have reported that they fixed this problem succesfully by using a hair dryer or sucking (hard) on the headphone port. You may also want to use a toothpick and clean the port to remove any remaining dirt / particles.

iPhone Stuck in Headphones Mode

If the above does not work

Reset your iPhone by pressing down the sleep and home buttons until you see the Apple logo.

If you are still having this problem, contact Apple support.


    • Gabriella says

      I had to try every trick and finally with one last try at sucking it really hard it finally worked! thank you

      • RickySg says

        Mate, this is bizarre…such an expensive and state of the art phone and such a cheap fix..Tim Cook must have really cooked it with a hair dryer.

    • Mariahhhh says

      OMG okay so none of these things were working for me either but then i tried sucking the phone jack as hard as i possibly could and it fixes it!!

    • steve says

      been trying to fix my daughter iphone 4 all evening, tried cleaning the headphone socket with a cotton bud and alcohol, tried numerous resets and playing with software, tried inserting headphone in and out a dozen times, then came across this page… suck it?…. it actually worked!! ridiculous but it worked!

      • melissa says

        WOW, I have been trying for two days to find a fix for my iphone4, and then I see this post . . . it worked!! Thank you Thank you Thank you I did not want to have to reset my phone and lose all my data.

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  1. Jimmy c says

    Hahaha too funny, been driving me nuts & I’ve been driving everyone around me nut, hey presto, I sucked the headphone jack and now it works

  2. poyan says

    do this steps will work for sure
    1. Plug in headset when iPhone is locked.
    2. Hold down the power button so that the “slide to power off” bar appears.
    3. Remove the headphones.
    4. Push the “Cancel” button at the bottom of the screen.
    5. Go to the phonepad and see if pressing the buttons now produces sound.

  3. Ecneret says

    My iPhone has the same problem. Honestly, I tried to suck the headphones jack, blew the headphones jack, rebooted the iPhone, unplugged and plugged in the headphones again and again, but, it did NOT work. Finally, I was quite frustrated and wanted to buy a new one, so I tried a new way: Use a narrow cottenstick and spray (or pour) a SMALL amount of alchohol on that cottenstick. Remember not to pour much, because the headphones jack would burn if it senses water. Just try it on the iPhone, anywhere (I tried it next to the headphones jack) if there has water on it. If not, then it is excellent. If have, then you might have poured too much. Then put that cottenstick with small amount of alchocol on it to the headphones jack, and rub it a few times, wipe the headphones jack clean, jab it once or twice, then see if it works. My phone did.

  4. Julia says

    I had spilled a drink and I guess some of it went into the headphone jack and I only noticed until I received a phone call and turned the volume up that it said “headphone” that I didn’t have in. I tried sucking very hard, I tried rolling a napkin up, I tried blowing into it. Nothing worked. What DID work however was taking a Q-Tip and taking the cotton off the end and putting the stick into the headphone jack until it hits the bottom. And then wiggling it around a bit, and voila! It worked! Hope this is helpful!

    • Dayna says

      This worked for me, accidentally spilled milk from my cereal on it this morning! However it did take several q-tips (with the cotton ripped off), like 3 or 4, so don’t give up if it doesn’t work on the first one.

      • Brandee m says

        This totally worked for me! The qtip with the cotton ball ripped off worked. I did everything else…
        Thanks for saving me a trip to the apple store!

      • Ginger says

        Phone got wet during Blizzard 2013. I tried the sucking, plugging in and out, vacuuming and a qtip. Thanks for telling me not to give up after just one qtip. It finally worked.

    • KAri says

      I tried all the other stuff and I almost gave up because they didn’t work, but Julia was right! the end off a qtip did it first try!!! thank you so much

    • Fred says

      Its absolutely worked, what a miracle, saved my butt from getting ripped at the apple store. I had to use two q-tips to get it to work but it works!

    • Ashley says

      You are a life savor! I tried EVERYTHING that was suggested on here and other sites and nothing worked except this! Thank you so much! It took 2 Q-Tips to get it to work!

    • Gabe says

      I have a 3gs and had it on my lap in my car, got out, and it fell (completely submerged)in a dirty puddle for about 2-3 seconds. When I pulled it out, the earphone speaker didnt work, and the bottom speaker was faint, but working. After an hour the bottom speaker was completely functional, but my earphone speaker didnt work because it said it had the “headphones”. I stuck the Q-tip to the bottom, wiggled it around for about 10 seconds, didnt work. Used another Q-tip and it worked!!!!

    • Cj says

      Thank you so much… Gave myself a headache from blowing and sucking on it… Stupid idea… Qtip worked first go!

  5. Dave says

    Couldnt believe it… Tried the vacuum on the earphone socket and it worked…saved a trip to the apple shop the weekend before Xmas ;)

  6. Alex says

    My son’s ipad was not working, tried the air blower and didn’t work. I read about the sucking, so I thought that using the automatic nose sucker of my baby would work, and it did (I changed the tip for a new one before using it). It might sound gross but actually is better than just suck on it.

  7. Martine says

    Tried everything else and was starting to get desperate as I wouldn’t be able to get to Apple shop over christmas…..sucking the headphone jack really worked!!!

  8. Lyman says

    Just dropped my iphone in the snow while playing catch with my dog. Ended up having to suck very hard but I got it. Thanks!

    • Jack says

      How this worked beats me! Dropped mine (iPhone 4) in a touch of water earlier today and I’ve tried everything! Put it in rice (usually works when they get wet) and then before reading I tried the qtip (worked wonders on old Nintendo games ha) and read all these and finally decided to give in and suck off my phone and not only did it work but now I’m a “sucker” for apple!

  9. Libby says

    I haven’t used headphones on my iPhone 5 yet, so it confused me when it said I had some in when I went to turn the volume up on my music, I tried sucking the hole where the headphones go in but that didn’t work, but then I took the end off a cotton swab and stuck it in the hole till it reached the end, then wiggled it about a bit, it took a few times, about 7 or 8 bit it worked!! Hope that helped x

    • Kal says

      Tried everything – freezer, headphones, blowing, sucking.
      Finally tried cotton bud but it was too wide so i removed the head and poked the plastic bit into the earpiece socket. Voila!!!!

  10. Mite says

    My phone is fucking stucked in headphone mode….I tried EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING…..nothing works for me…This is making me angry….can someone help me with this shit ??????

  11. Samantha says

    Omg this had me rolling…. I had to blow mine for it to work… LMFAO I no this shit sound funny but its true n it works… @ first I suck it n it didn’t work so I had to blow it n @ first it didn’t work so I blow dry it n that didn’t work but I didn’t give it I was determined to fix my iPad so since most of the comments say blowing works I tried it again but hard n man oh man it work… Yea I no crazy but it work… It was so funny I had to make a post on my FB page… LMFAO

  12. Yurok says

    Spray headphone jack with WD40 and then unplug re-plug headphones several times. WORKED FOR ME!!!! I work outside, suspect contacts got corroded because of moisture or maybe rain drop got in headphone jack.

    • Nikki says

      Yes !! The cotton bud thing worked after 3-4 times . I would like to thank my parents and all my fans out there for your support. Haha I’m kidding thank you guys anyway !!

  13. Muffy says

    Tried EVERYTHING. Phone in the freezer worked. Took it out of the freezer..a few minutes later the sound was back. Thanks whoever suggested that!

    • donnie says

      I was having the same problem as everyone else and i tried everything. The only thing that worked was sucking out the ear plug hole on the iphone. I took a straw a little smaller then the plug in and set it in just enough so no air would leak. After doing that,i sucked so hard I think i swallowed a couple screws and maybe an app or two but it worked.lol. Just the sucking through the straw. Not blowing into it or shoving things down there. I dont know for sure but putting things down the earplug holes , who knows what else could happen, just a thought. But anyway, the straw trick is what worked for me. Good Luck.

  14. rosie says

    heyyy thanks a lot for all the info, I blowed really hard and it came of headphone mood…. I didn’t think it would work but it did…. thanks guys…..

  15. Jenn says

    Thanks! Tried plugging and re-plugging headphones, resetting, q-tips, with no luck. Blowing actually worked- go figure.

    • Jenny says

      The only thing that worked for me was taking the cotton off both ends of a Qtip sticking it in and sucking hard!

  16. says

    twisting tissue and sticking it into the jack WORKED, just like picking your nose, dirt came out of the jack and that was the problem. It worked.. thanks to this thread… SUCKING did not worked for me though ^_^….

  17. Sydney says

    Thank you somuch!!! I thought my parents were going to kill me! I tried putting my phone in the freezer, cleaning it with q tips, plugging and unplugging the headphones, but the sucking is what worked! Thank you!

  18. Paco says

    Maybe its something about the charging conector. I used to charge my ipad to 100%, but one day before i had the problem, i didn’t allow it to 100%. The day i lost the sound, i started looking for a solution on the web, and everything i tried didn’t work. So my last try was to let the ipad go to 0% and connect it charging to 100% all night long. When i tried the ipad in the morning, it had sound without headphones like always.
    Some people has suggested the problem is something about the charging connector. Im one of them.
    Hope this helps you and you understand evrything i said (english is not my mother language).

  19. Lizzie says

    The Q tip without the cotton worked! I tried everything! But then i tried that for about 10 seconds and then got a new one and now it works again! thank you so much!

  20. Kosic says

    Was about to reset my phone, as I was backing up my phone. I came across this.
    Sucking on the headphone jack actually worked. Like a bunch of small sucks of air unclogged what ever was causing the issue.

  21. rocky says

    idk what to do nothing works ;C help i went to a eletronics store they told me itll cost 2500rub ps im from russia thats like almost 100 bucks ;C

  22. rocky says

    idk what to do nothing works ;C help i went to a eletronics store they told me itll cost 2500rub ps im from russia thats like almost 100 bucks ;C
    P.S.S scared of doing the freezer

  23. Satya says

    Try blowing air hardly right on to the headphones port! It worked for me. There will be a sensor inside the headphones port which will detect whether a headphone is connected or not and switch its speaker mode accordingly. If something obstructs its working, the phone may be set to headphones mode and may not change to speaker mode.
    I tried uffff uffff…(blew air hardly 5-6 times)..
    WORKED :)
    Good Luck!

  24. Roberta says

    Thanks, the reset….nope….the blow dryer…..nada…..unplug/replug headphones7 or 8 times….nothing…..suck real hard on the port….amazing!

  25. Andrew says

    Everything I tried did not work. Than I sucked as hard as possible on the headphone jack
    And it actually worked. I swear that is so amazing.
    Mine was broke because I spilled lemonade all over it.

    I simple sucking of the headphone jack port thing and BAM! It’s in ringer mode as I type this!

    Thanks :D

  26. Brianna says

    I tried everything. I tried putting the headphones in when it was locked and holding down the lock button until the turn off thing popped up then taking them out and pressing cancel and it didn’t work. I tried the Q-tip thing twice, and it didn’t work. But sucking on it, SUPER hard, actually works, but it takes more than one try.

  27. Michele says

    Omg.. Tried everything after spilling lemonade on my phone.. Q tip worked on second try!! Thank you thank you thank you !!

  28. Neil says

    The main thing is don’t give up. it will fix eventually…. For me it was the sequence of q-tip with alcohol to clean, several hours later sucked it with my mouth, then the hold both buttons for 15 seconds straight to put it in sleep mode, plugged it in and then held the power button for 15seconds to relaunch it.

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