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How To Fix An iPhone That Won’t Ring

How to fix iPhone not ringing problem

Do you miss lots of phone calls because your iPhone won’t ring? Don’t worry, you are not the only user who experienced this problem as it bothered many people. The issue is quite annoying because you will see missed calls on the screen even though the phone is right next to you, but it may also be confusing especially if you are sure the ringer is on, the phone is not muted and you didn’t hear any sound. In this article, we are going to discuss the reasons why this issue occurs, and we are going to share several solutions to help you fix iPhone not ringing problem.

See also:  How To Fix No Service On iPhone

Why My iPhone Doesn’t Ring?

Let’s list a few reasons why this issue may appear. Perhaps you made some changes in iPhone settings or you let your kids play with your phone? Maybe you enabled “Do not disturb”? A software glitch can be responsible for the problem, but this annoying issue can also appear right after you update the iOS software on your iPhone. Water damage or the fact you dropped your device, are among the reasons that can cause iPhone not ringing issue.


Solutions For iPhone Not Ringing Problem


Remove iPhone case

There are so many iPhone cases out there, designed mostly for protection purpose. Some of them have a thick design and not fit the iPhone properly. Check if the case you are using for your iPhone doesn’t cover the ring/silent switch. Remove that case completely from your iPhone, and see if that makes any difference.

How to fix iPhone not ringing problem


See als0: iPhone Bluetooth Problem  or iMessage not working 

Toggle the ring/silent switch button

Maybe you have done this trick before, but do it one more time. If the button is in the ring state, switch it to the silent state. Then, switch it to the ring mode again, and ask your friend to call you. Make sure you switch it properly. You can see the difference between the ring and the silent mode in the picture below.

how to fix iPhone not ringing problem


Disable Do not disturb

Do Not Disturb is a great feature you can find on your iPhone. It can help you to focus on something without being disturbed by phone calls. When you are attending a meeting or want to take a rest for a few hours, you can rely on this handy feature. What happens if you activate the “Do Not Disturb“? Your iPhone will not ring, but it still allows the phone calls to come in and as you won’t hear the sound, you will see missed calls. In some cases, the user accidentally turns this feature on without even realizing it. You can check at a glance to the top-left side of your iPhone screen. If you see the moon icon, it means the Do Not Disturb mode is activated. To disable it, follow the steps below:

  • Go to Control Center by swiping up from any screen of your iPhone.
  • Tap the moon icon to turn it off.

How to fix iPhone not ringing problem

You can also check through Settings. Maybe you have scheduled this feature at some point and forget about it. Turn off the Schedule on Do Not Disturb.

  • Open Settings >> Do Not Disturb. Here, see if the button next to the Schedule section is green. If it does, turn it off.
  • On the same screen, make sure the button of the Manually section is not green. If it is, tap once to turn it off.

how to fix iPhone not ringing problem


Volume up the iPhone

Try to increase the volume of your iPhone to the highest level and then call your number using the other device. To volume up your iPhone, you have to unlock your iPhone first. Then, click the plus button (+) on the side of the iPhone until the volume goes to the maximum.

How to fix iPhone not ringing problem


Change the ringtone

Some users said the problem was fixed once they changed the ringtone. No matter how crazy this may sound, try it out. Change the ringtone on your iPhone. After that, call your number using the other smartphone.

  • Head to Settings >> Sounds >> Ringtone.
  • Choose default or any other ringtone.



Switch off the Bluetooth

Try to switch off the Bluetooth to make sure your iPhone is not connected to any accessories, such as speakers or Bluetooth headphone. You can turn it off by going to Settings >> Bluetooth.

How to fix iPhone not ringing problem


Disable LTE

Enabling LTE on your iPhone can impact the battery life, calls, text messages, voicemail, and cellular data if it’s not been certified by your carrier yet. It can be the reason why your iPhone not ringing when a call comes in.

Steps to disable LTE

  • Go to Settings >> Cellular >> Cellular Data Option >> tap Voice & Data
  • Select 3G

Cellular data options Voice and data 4G 3G


Restart iPhone

Restarting iPhone may help you to get rid iPhone not ringing issue. It is not a difficult thing, you just press and hold the power and the home button all together at the same time until the iPhone restarts.

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Update the iOS

Software update always comes with improvements, bug fixes, and new features. In some cases, the problem can be solved by updating the iOS on your iPhone to the new version.

  • Connect to a stable WiFi network and make sure your iPhone has at least 50% of battery life.
  • Go to Settings >> General >>  tap Software Update.
  • If the iOS update is available, your iPhone will download it first.
  • Tap Install Now.

Update the Software steps


Reset All Settings

This method will wipe all the settings, including all the features related to the sounds, such as volume setting, notification, etc.

  • Open Settings >> General >> Reset >> Reset All Settings.
  • A passcode is required.
  • After you enter your passcode, tap Reset All Settings on a popup screen.

reset all settings


Erase iPhone

Try to reset your iPhone to its factory settings using the “Erase All Contents and Settings” feature. This method will remove all of the media, data, and settings, such as language setting, keyboard, etc. That’s why we advise you to back up your data beforehand. There are two methods for backing up the iPhone data: through iCloud or iTunes.

Notice: we don’t recommend this method on a jailbroken iPhone because it may cause the iPhone stuck in the Apple  logo.

Steps to erase all contents and settings

  • Settings >> General >> Reset >> Erase All Contents and Settings.
  • You need to enter a passcode.
  • Then, tap Erase iPhone.

erase iPhone steps


Restore iPhone

If erasing the iPhone doesn’t make the issue disappear, try to restore your iPhone.  Through the restoring process, all the things on the iPhone will be wiped including the OS and firmware.

Steps to restore your iPhone

  • Make sure your iPhone is full of charge.
  • Ensure your iPhone is connected to stable WiFi. This is important, otherwise, you may get iPhone stuck in recovery mode.
  • Connect iPhone to Mac/PC with the latest iTunes version installed inside by using a lightning cable.
  • Click Restore on the Summary tab.
  • Before the process starts, iTunes will download the firmware first.
  • Wait until the restoring process is completed.

Restore iPhone using iTunes


What else?

Clean speaker holes

After you have tried all the troubleshooting steps, and if none of them worked, try to clean speaker holes. If you find dirt covers the speaker holes, you can clean it using a duster or toothpick. Avoid using any liquid because it can enter the iPhone and damage the components.


Check headphone jack hole

Take a look at the headphone jackhole. The broken part of the headphone that is left inside the hole, can cause the iPhone not ringing problem because the iPhone will detect the call that comes in as an earphone mode. If you find nothing there, try to plug the original earphone. Call your number and if you can hear the sound, then the problem is related to your iPhone speaker. Otherwise, there might be a hardware issue.


Charging trick

This trick will not resolve the problem, but it can help you find the right solution. The loudspeaker of the iPhone connects to the charging port cable. The idea of this trick is to check if the issue is associated with hardware or not.

  • Plug your iPhone in the USB port on your computer or a wall outlet for charging
  • Test your iPhone by calling it from the other device. Does it ring?
  • Now, unplug the lightning cable from the iPhone. Then call it again using a different device to check if it’s ringing or not.

If you hear a ringing sound when the iPhone is charged, but it doesn’t happen when it’s unplugged, likely it’s a hardware issue. The issue may occur on a lightning port that is connected to the speakers.


My iPhone Doesn’t Ring When A Call Comes In From Skype, WhatsApp, etc

Enable 4G

If your iPhone not ringing, try switch Voice & Data to 4G if you are using Cellular Data. The other option, try to use WiFi instead of Data.

Steps to enable 4G

  • Head to Settings >> Cellular >> Cellular Data Options >> Voice & Data.
  • Select 4G.

Steps to switch Cellular Data to WiFi

  • Go to Settings >> Cellular >> turn off the Cellular Data button.
  • Back to Settings.
  • Select WiFi and choose a network.


Update the apps

If the issue comes when you are using certain apps, update the applications.

  • Open App Store
  • Tap the Updates section on the bottom-right of the screen.
  • Check if there is an update for messaging apps you often use.
  • If you find the updates, tap the button next to the app name, and let the updating process to complete.


Reset Network Settings

This method will reset all the settings related to cellular and WiFi, such as saved networks, WiFi passwords, VPN settings, etc. The process is not related to conventional phone call or SMS settings. However, if you have a problem with iPhone not ringing when you are receiving a call from messaging apps this can be quite helpful. Messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype, etc may not work well if the Internet connection is slow. Here are the steps to reset network settings:

  • Go to Settings >> General >> Reset >> Reset Network Settings.
  • Enter your passcode.
  • Tap Reset Network Settings.


All the solutions above are found effective to fix iPhone not ringing issue on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7,  and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

If you tried the solutions above, and nothing works, contact Genius Bar or the nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider.

  1. Thank you for being the only source of information that solved my problem. After a software update any inbound call would only vibrate. After resetting the ring/silent manual switch on the left side incoming call ow have an audio. Since I am on call every other week it was very important to me. Thanks again

  2. Another explanation is the setting under phone that silences calls from unknown numbers. Sounded like a good idea at the time when I toggled it on. I just toggled it off. 😂

  3. If none of the above work it might be the Attention Awareness. Try to disable that and see if it works: If you go to Settings > Face ID& Passcode, and turn off Attention Awareness

  4. My iPhone 8 has started taking pictures by itself. Even if I am not holding it, in the last 24 hours, it has taken a single photo and a burst photo – one of my phone pad and one of my lock screen. What is the issue?

  5. THANK YOU! I recently decided to use my daughter’s iPhone 7 plus after only androids forever since my daughter upgraded. I don’t like Apple’s interface and its control-freak approach to the world but as a piece of hardware it is superb. But I completely forgot about the on-off ringer switch on the side. Actually as a hardware feature I despise it. But that was the problem and you ran down the checklist properly and got me to the solution. Thank you again.

  6. I’ve been soooooo frustrated at holding the phone and still missing calls. I must have hit the little moon symbol somewhere along the way and never noticed –also didn’t know what it meant! Sometimes it’s just the little things! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  7. Many thanks for your solution” Toggle The Ring/Silent Switch Button”. My phone now start ringing!!!You’re fantastic.

  8. Thank you!! the first option was the trick for me! Missed so many calls, and all I had to do was switch the toggle, so simple, when you know what the problem is, and how to fix it. Thank you!!

  9. a week I tried to fix I couldnt> I was planing to take an appointment with apple store ,then I thought check on google I saw some others talking about setting, which I did! but NEVER LIKE YOU SAID of the side button!!! I tried as you your suggestion and MY PHONE START RINGING!. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

  10. This is amazing. Just after following the first instructions, by Toggling The Ring/Silent Switch Button, I called my iPhone and it worked. Unbelievable. Thank you very much and God bless you.

  11. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this article because the 1st reason you gave for my phone not ringing was the problem!!! I had completely forgotten about that stupid button!!! I know it’s silly to be sooooo happy to figure this out, but it’s so frustrating when something isn’t working as it should & you check all of the settings to no avail and it’s a useless button, why is it even there Apple?????

  12. Super. Your suggestions helped. The silence button had flipped to red (silent) probably when I was fiddling putting the new case on a few days earlier. Thanks.

  13. Thank you for jogging my memory had this problem before thought I’d fixed it by jamming switch, glue must have fallen out

  14. I feel so shame. It is really simple. Shame to ask other user I google and find your article. It is really helpful. Thanks so much

  15. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. The first trick worked. I knocked the silent switch when I out the phone in a lifeproof case. I was truly stumped until I found you article.

  16. Thanks from another reader…Just got iphone-7 3 days ago and phone was crazy. Fixed one problem, then it would vibrate but not ring. Did all your suggestions–nothing…then a complete closing (reboot?) It now rings with my happy Constellation ring again. Very helpful

  17. OMG! Thank you so much for a great article! My phone now rings because of you! My wall thanks you too, for preventing me from throwing my phone at it! ?

  18. Finally worked! I even took my phone to a computer shop today to try and sort this issue and they told me to restore it to factory settings and see if it would ring then. Still wouldn’t ring, so I went back to the internet to find something that I might not have tried yet, and this worked! My phone rings like it is meant to now, thank you so much!

  19. Hi
    Tried everything except the total reboot and identified that it must be the speaker. My headphones worked and when they where not connected the bell showed ringer. As i had dropped my phone but didnt seem to have damaged it screen ok everything else worked i tried this. I held the phone between thumb and forfinger at the other end of the phone to the speaker holes and flicked the phone with my other hands finger like flicking a marble. lo and behold the speaker started to work again. Fingers crossed now that it stays fixed

  20. I have an Iphone 6 and sometimes speaker is not ringing(ringer volume is up and side button is in the ring state) ..When i restart the phone speaker is back to normal but after some hours is not ringing again so i restart again and again etc..i upgraded ios to the latest version still the same! I think its not a hardware problem cause it souldnt work after restart. Any advise?

    1. Have you tried the other methods on the article? You can try to follow the next methods after update iOS, such as
      “Reset All Settings”, “Erase iPhone” and “Restore iPhone”. But, make sure you have back up your iPhone data before you start those processes. Good luck!

  21. Thanks, the only thing that worked after trying many different things when I was not getting any sound for text messages was to change the ring tone for text messages!

  22. I have been a Samsung phone user and I needed a new phone so I just bought an iphone 7 and had the not ringing problem. Went to settings and checked and all seemed good. Then read your article and sure enough the left side top button was red which meant it was on mute. Went and switched it to the on or black mode and it now rings. However when it was on mute I did not see any half moon on the screen. Just wondering

  23. Wow. Great article. I am semi-savvy and well beyond falling for the “Do Not Disturb” feature, but imagine my surprise when I followed the suggestion, took my phone out of the protective case, only to find the ringer on/off switch had inadvertantly been turned to the “off” mode. I was ready to either trade in the phone at the 18 month mark of a 24 mo. plan or pay to have it repaired. Love that you start from the basics, then take the iPhone user from A to Z, but with a degree of thoroughness that is not found elsewhere. Thank you.

  24. Quick fix- hold down the lock screen button and home button until the apple logo pops up
    This will Reset the phone and fixed mine

  25. Thank you, I have my first iPhone and it went silent after an update, but thanks to your article I easily fixed the problem – I didn’t know the silent button existed! Must have missed that bit of information or just forgotten it. Thanks again.

  26. After updating my 5S to iOS 10.1, I couldn’t hear any tones from calls, texts, alarm clock, etc. I checked all the settings mentioned above, but the only thing that ended up resolving the issue was a hard reboot (press & hold the home button and the top button until the screen goes dark. The Apple logo will appear next.) I had to enter my password in lieu of my fingerprint, and all seems back to normal. Thanks!

  27. Go to settings/general/accessibility/assistive touch/enable assistive touch/ touch the icon that shows up/touch “device”/ make sure the bell says “mute”. If it doesn’t, touch the bell and it will change to mute. try your phone now

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