iPhone Problems

iPhone Headphones Jack Not Working, How to Fix It?

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2021-09-24 / Update for  iPhone Fix

My iPhone no longer recognizes when I plug in headphones or any other external audio device. A software upgrade fixed this problem once, but the problem has come back and upgrades won't fix it. No matter what I plug into the headphone jack, audio continues to play out of the phone speakers. I'm outside of my warranty and not near an Apple store. Help?

Have you ever met the same issue mentioned below? Your iPhone 13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5 not detecting headphones and the symptoms are extremely wired. You are going to adjust the volume level but "ringer (headphones)" pops up on your screen, and the sound can't work through the normal speaker output.

Some iPhone users think it as their iPhone speakers suddenly not working or that something goes wrong. But that is actually pretty rare. Probably your iPhone gets stuck in headphone mode. You can usually fix the issue really quickly without anything but to do following the next ways. Here is how to fix iPhone 13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5 headphone jack not working.

Try those ways first to fix iPhone headphone jack not working

Before we take steps to fix the headphones not working issue as a software glitch, please have a routine examination and do following several things.

  • Make sure that nothing is covering the headset microphone.
  • Make sure that the headphone has a built-in microphone.
  • Unplug the headset from iPhone and cleanup any crud from the headset jack. Later plug it back in.
  • Make sure the headphone is plugged in right way. If you are using a case, remove it to make sure it's not getting in the way.
  • Try to use another headphone. If the issue also happens with the other headset, you are supposed to ask help for Apple Store. If the other headset works normally, you have to change new one.
  • Try to adjust the volume on your iPhone using the volume buttons and the Volume slider in Control Center.

Repair iPhone System to Fix iPhone Headphones Jack Not Working

If the headphones still not be detected, it could be a software malfunction of iOS, like iPhone stuck in headphones mode. I sincerely recommend Tenorshare ReiBoot for you to get your iPhone out of headphone mode to fix headphone not working issue. This iPhone repair software empowers you to fix 50+ iOS system issues without data loss, inclulding iPhone headphones mode, iPhone recovery mode loop, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, black screen, etc.

Download and install ReiBoot free, let's see how to fix iPhone headphones not detected issue.

  • Launch ReiBoot and connect your iPhone/iPad to computer. Choose "Repair Operating System" feature.
    reiboot interface
  • Click Start Repair and you'll enter the firmware package download interface. Before system recovery, you'll need to download the latest iOS firmware file.
    download firmware package
  • Click Start Repair after the firmware is downloaded successfully. ReiBoot will get started repairing iOS system.
    repair operating system

After system recovery, your iPhone 13/12/11/X/8/7/6s/6/5 will be restarted. You can plug in headphones and iPhone will recognize the headphones now.