How To Fix IPhone Stuck In The Headphones Mode

Some iPhone users have reported a strange issue with their devices. All of a sudden, the phone seems stuck in the headphones mode. The issue itself is frustrating, but there are some solutions you may try. If you fail to fix the problem yourself, you can always contact Apple or visit one of their stores. But before you do so, let’s see what you can do to fix iPhone stuck in the headphones mode. As you know, we always share as many solutions as possible for various issues, such as problems with Wi-Fi connection, all kinds of error messages, iTunes Store, to name a few. We will do the same this time, and we hope one of the solutions will work for you.

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Ways to fix iPhone stuck in the headphones mode

iPhone stuck headphones

iPhone stuck headphones

Solution No.1: Clean the headphone jack

You can use a toothpick, or needle, to remove any dust or dirt from the headphone jack. Even though you think it’s spotless, you may be shocked when you see the amount of dirt that can be inside of it. Be careful, and do this gently.

iPhone stuck headphones



Solution No.2: Plug and unplug your headphones several times

Another solution that may fix this annoying problem is also straightforward. Use your headphones. Plug them into the device, and unplug, and repeat the process several times.

You can also try to turn the volume up and down while you are plugging the headphone. If the issue still appears, try this method with the other headphone, but make sure you use the original one. Many third-party accessories that are not compatible with iPhone may bring specific issues, including this one.


Solution No.3: Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone can help in many situations, which is why it is one of the offered solutions. Press and hold the sleep/wake button, and when the red slider shows up, drag it and turn off your iPhone. Press and hold the sleep/wake button to turn on your phone.

If for some reason, you can’t restart your iPhone and don’t see the slider, you can perform a soft reset. It won’t delete any of your data. To perform a soft reset, follow the steps below:

  • Press and hold the Sleep/Wake Button and the Home button, both at the same time.
  • Keep holding both buttons for at least ten or until you see the Apple logo.


Solution No.4: Play a song

Play a song until it ends. Your phone will lock before the song ends, and once the phone locks,  plug the original headphones into your iPhone. Now, unlock the phone and stop the song. Then, unplug the headset properly. Many users said this method solved iPhone stuck in the headset mode issue.


Solution No.5: Use a Bluetooth speaker

Using a compatible Bluetooth speaker may work for you. Try to pair your iPhone to a speaker and play a song. While listening to the music using the Bluetooth speaker, turn off Bluetooth but don’t stop the song on your iPhone right away. Many users said once they did this, the problem went away. Give it a try!

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Solution No.6: Use the Power button

In lock mode, plug an Apple original headset into the iPhone jackhole. Now, press and hold the power button for a few seconds until you see a red slider “slide to power off.” Next, take out the headphone slowly and tap “Cancel” on the screen. It may fix the problem.


Solution No.7: Update iOS

The problem may seem like the hardware one, but often, all you need to do is update iOS, and the simplest way to do so is a wireless update. Connect your device to a power source and a Wi-Fi network. Next, navigate to Settings, General, and click on the Software update. Tap Download and Install or Install Now.

Update the Software steps

Solution No.8: Reset all settings

By performing this step, the settings of your iPhone will reset to factory defaults, but your data won’t be erased. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Tap Reset All Settings to confirm your action.

resel all settings


Solution No.9: Erase all content and settings

If the previous solution didn’t fix your iPhone, try to erase all content and settings. Unlike the previous method, this one will delete everything on your iPhone (as its name suggests), from apps to personal files and settings. So, the first thing that you should do is to backup your data. Once you do that, follow the steps below to erase your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings
  • Enter your passcode
  • Tap Erase iPhone
  • When the erasing of your iPhone is completed, set up your device as new.

erase iPhone steps


Solution No.10: Restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes

If nothing seems to work, there is one more thing to try before heading to the Apple Store. You can restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes. Before you begin,  make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac/PC.

  • Connect the iPhone to Mac/ PC using a lightning cable
  • Open the iTunes software
  • On the summary tab, click Restore
  • iTunes will download the firmware first
  • Let the restoring process complete
  • After it’s done, set up your iPhone as a new device.

Restore iPhone using iTunes


We have listed the most effective solutions that may help you fix iPhone stuck in the headphones mode. Many of the users who experienced the same issue could solve it with one of the methods mentioned above. However, if you tried all the solutions but still have the same issue, contact Apple or visit one of their stores.

These problems/solutions are found and effective on iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.