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How To Fix IPhone Stuck In The Headphones Mode

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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 really frustrating, but there are some solutions you may try. In case 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, just to name a few. We are going to do the same this time and we hope one of the solutions will work for you.

See also: How To Fix No Sound On iPhone 

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 perfectly clean, 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 very simple. 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 certain 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 10 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 you are 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!

You may also read: How To Fix iPhone/iPad Won’t Download Or Update Apps 


Solution No.6: Use the Power button

In lock mode, plug an Apple original headset to 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. This 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 to 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 to 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 were able to 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.




  1. Thank you – after trying lots of different websites your solution no. 5 worked for me. Very grateful!

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing! With the exception of the above methods, another way to fix this problem is to apply a technical repair tool like Joyoshare UltFix, dr.fone, and more. That is because such tools are guaranteed to fix this kind of issues successfully and cause no data loss. Anyway, if your problem is not solved by the above approaches, you might as well try the tools. Good luck!

  3. This trick came from the Apple tech I was assigned on chat and it worked for me instantly.
    Perform a forced restart with the headphones plugged in, (press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time until the device turn off and the Apple logo appears.)
    Once the phone restarts, sign in and unplug the headphones.

  4. There forgetting the oldest method and it worked on my phone with this problem I put it in bag of rice for a good hour

  5. Stuck in earphone mode! I used a small earbud to clean out earphones socket and it worked first time. Now the volume indicator does not stay in earphones mode. Back to normal. Dirt was in the socket!

  6. It’s the fridge thing that worked for me!

    I powered down the iPhone, put it in the fridge for two hours, took it out, let it come back to room temperature, turned it on and my volume bar came back and the apps are playing on the speakers at they should. This is day five already, and it’s all good!

  7. I reset the phone and now the sound works. I replaced the headphone jack twice. The first time because the power port was bad and the second because of defective headphone jack that apparently was not defective.

  8. Thanks, I tried everything nothing worked, then I just left it alone overnight it was working perfectly by morning

  9. I had lost all sound cleaned my microphone jack & is working perfectly. Very helpful post, Thank you

  10. iPhone 6 – I plugged it into my iMac with an Apple lightning charger usb cord (standard) and it made the submarine sound effect immediately. I don’t know how, but this worked for me when many of the above methods did not.

    Good Luck.

  11. Hello!
    Thank you for the helpful post! I had my iPhone 6 Plus stuck in Headphones mode; I cleaned the jack whole while playing a music to notice any sound changes and it works!

  12. 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.

  13. Hello, I’ve tried to have the iPhone 5 SE stuck in headphone mode too. Happened after an exercise so sweat/water/moisture was probably the reaons.

    One trick to try is to put the phone in rice for 24-48 hours. The rice will absorb the moisture in the phone.

    Worked for mine. After 20-24 hours it worked again. I left the phone on and took calls etc (with headphones…) during the time. However, after leaving it overnight it was back to normal in the morning again.

    Just for inspiration

    1. should perhaps clarify that it is dry rice (not boiled) – just straight out of the box and in a bowl and the put the phone in the dry rice

  14. Have the same problem like 2days ago. What I did was to play a sound in ringtone then tried adjusting the volume. When playing the ringtone it changes to ringer then goes back to headphone again. I tried a couple more times then it works. I fix the problem.=)

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      1. I tried the fixes above, including the “plug and unplug earphones”…or so I thought. Did not work. Then I was getting ready to throw away an old set of Apple earbuds because the right side had quit working. I thought, one more try. I plugged and unplugged once and the problem was solved. Lesson learned: You have to use the Apple earbuds “plug and unplug” solution to correct the problem. They have a slightly different configuration than aftermarket earphones.

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