How To Fix An iPhone That's Stuck In Headphone Mode

A recent reader asked, "why is my iPhone stuck in headphone mode?" Apparently, the iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in when in fact there are none. To assist, we decided to write an article about the fix or solutions. Hence, in this post, we discuss how to fix an iPhone that's stuck in headphone mode.

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An image that shows the iPhone volume setting stuck on headphone mode.

Quick Fixes

Settings, Sounds & Haptics, then to Ringtone. Select different ringtones and see if your speakers and sound work again.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll down to the section titled “Interaction.”  Continue to scroll until you find Call Audio Routing.  It should list “Automatic.”  If not, adjust the setting to Automatic.

However, if it already reads "Automatic". Switch to Speaker mode. Then, make a call or Facetime. Verify that the speaker works. Once verified, change the setting back to Automatic.

Why Is My iPhone Stuck In Headphone Mode

There are several reasons why your iPhone might think that your headphones are in the jack. In order to get your iPhone out of headphone mode, you must first identify the issue. As such our first tip is to check the headphone jack. Here's what to do:

Clean The Jack Area

  • Use a small q-tip or another item to clean the area of the jack.
  • However, if you do not have any item, simply insert and disconnect an actual headphone.
  • Lastly, restart your iPhone.

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Check Your Case

Do you have your iPhone X in a case? Then, there's a chance that the case may be blocking the head jack. And, this, in turn, may cause your iPhone to think that there is a connected headphone.

Airplane Mode

  • Firstly, swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open your Control Center.
  • Then, tap the airplane icon.
  • Now, turn the volume all the way down.
  • Wait a few minutes (10) and then turn airplane mode off.
  • Finally, check to see if your headphone problem no longer occurs.

Use A Bluetooth Headphone Or Speaker

Alright, this is weird. However, by connecting your iPhone to a Bluetooth speaker or headphone, you reset the "wired connection". Then, when you disconnect from the Bluetooth connection, you iPhone ought to go back to the normal sound mode.

Update iOS

Wait, iPhone stuck in headset mode even after I tried all of the tips, what do I do? I recommend that you check for any iOS update. It could be a possible glitch. However, if after all the tips, your iPhone still says headphones when adjusting the volume, contact Apple support.

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