iPhone 8 Speaker Not Working? Here's Why and The Fix!

iPhone 8 Speaker Not Working? Here’s Why & The Fix!

In iPhone 8 by David Lynch

Your iPhone 8 speaker won't work properly and you don't know why. You just took your iPhone 8 out of the box and something's already wrong, which is probably extremely frustrating. In this article, I'll explain why your iPhone 8 speaker is not working and show you how to fix the problem for good!

iPhone 8 Left Speaker Not Working At All? Yes It Is!

Although the grille on the left side of the bottom of your iPhone 8 looks like a speaker, it really isn't! This grille is actually a barometric vent, which your iPhone 8 uses to measure altitude.

Apple decided to go with this confusing and misleading design because of the aesthetic symmetry it provides. Your iPhone 8 only has two speakers: one located at the bottom of your iPhone 8 under the right grille and in the earpiece near the top of your iPhone 8.

Is My iPhone 8 Speaker Broken?

At this point, we don't know whether your iPhone 8 speaker is not working because of a software or hardware issue.

Your iPhone's software (iOS) determines what sounds your iPhone 8 plays and when it plays them. If a software filed got corrupted, or if your iPhone 8 is experiencing a software crash, there probably isn't anything physically wrong with your device.

What If I Hear Static Noise Coming From My iPhone 8 Speaker?

Many iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners reported hearing a static noise coming from the earpiece on their new iPhone. It's important to know that there are lots of tiny components tucked at the top of your iPhone 8 near the earpiece. Sometimes, these electrical components emit static noises.

If your iPhone 8 is making static noises, keep your eye out for an iOS update. Although there's no confirmation yet, Apple will probably release an iOS update soon to resolve this issue.

If you've read everything above and your iPhone 8 speaker is not working, follow the steps below to diagnose and fix the problem!

How To Fix An iPhone 8 Speaker That's Not Working

1. Check The Ring / Silent Switch On Your iPhone 8

  • Check The Ring / Silent Switch On Your iPhone 8

You can use the Ring / Silent switch to quickly toggle your iPhone 8 ringer on or off. If the switch is flipped to the Silent side, your iPhone 8 won't ring.

How Do I Check The Ring / Silent Switch On My iPhone 8?

  1. Examine the Ring / Silent switch on the left-hand side of your iPhone.
  2. If the switch is pulled towards the back of your iPhone and you see a small orange line, your iPhone 8 is on silent.
  3. To turn the ringer on, pull the Ring / Silent switch towards the front of your iPhone 8.

Pro Tips

  • When you flip the Ring / Silent switch back and forth, a notification will appear indicating whether your iPhone ringer is on or off.

2. Turn Ringer Volume All The Way Up On Your iPhone 8

  • Turn Ringer Volume All The Way Up On Your iPhone 8

It's possible that the ringer volume on your iPhone 8 has been set independently of the volume of other sounds. Even if the rest of the sounds your iPhone makes are getting louder, the volume of your ringer may be stuck on silent or a very low volume.

How Do I Turn Ringer Volume All The Way Up On My iPhone 8?

  1. Open up the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Using your finger, drag the Ringer And Alerts slider all the way to the right to turn the ringer volume all the way up.

Pro Tips

  • If you want to be able to adjust ringer volume with the volume buttons on the right side of your iPhone 8, make sure the switch next the Change with Buttons is turned on. You'll know the switch is on when it is positioned to the right.

3. Disconnect Your iPhone From AirPlay Devices

  • Disconnect Your iPhone From AirPlay Devices

Disconnect from AirPlay devices to make sure your iPhone isn't streaming audio through another device (such as an Apple TV) rather than your iPhone speaker. Sometimes, your iPhone will automatically reconnect to AirPlay devices that you've used before.

How Do I Disconnect My iPhone From AirPlay Devices?

  1. Open Control Center by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the AirPlay icon airplay mirroring icon which looks like a TV. You'll know your iPhone is connected to an AirPlay device if the AirPlay icon is blue AirPlay icon when on and the name of the device (such as Apple TV) is next to the AirPlay icon.
  3. If you are connected to an AirPlay device, tap Turn Off AirPlay Mirroring.
  4. Now that you are disconnected from AirPlay devices, sounds will be streamed through your iPhone speakers.

Pro Tips

  • If you're having trouble opening Control Center, you're probably not swiping up from low enough.

4. Disconnect Your iPhone From Bluetooth Devices

  • Disconnect Your iPhone From Bluetooth Devices
Turn off Bluetooth to automatically disconnect your iPhone from any Bluetooth devices it is currently connected to.

Why Should I Disconnect My iPhone From Bluetooth Devices?

Turning off Bluetooth is an important troubleshooting step for diagnosing sound or ringer-related iPhone problems. Often times, even though it seems like an iPhone isn't playing sounds at all, the iPhone is connected to a Bluetooth device like an external speaker or headphones, and the sound is playing through that device and not the iPhone. Turning off Bluetooth disconnects your iPhone from those devices and is an easy way to eliminate that possibility.

How Do I Disconnect My iPhone From Bluetooth Devices?

There are three ways to turn off Bluetooth:

Turn Off Bluetooth Using Siri

  1. Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri, or say, “Hey, Siri.”
  2. To turn off Bluetooth, say, “Turn off Bluetooth.”

Turn Off Bluetooth In The Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the switch next to Bluetooth. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the switch is gray.

Turn Off Bluetooth In Control Center

  1. Open Control Center by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon, which looks like a “B” made of triangles. Bluetooth Icon
  3. You'll know Bluetooth is off when the icon is black inside of a gray circle.Bluetooth icon off control center

Pro Tips

  • You can check to see if Bluetooth is on by looking in the upper right hand corner of the screen. If you see the Bluetooth icon next to the battery icon, then Bluetooth is turned on.

5. Make Sure Your iPhone Is Not In Headphones Mode

  • Make Sure Your iPhone Is Not In Headphones Mode

Your iPhone can be “tricked” into thinking that headphones are plugged in if there is gunk, lint, or other debris in the Lightning (charging) port. If your iPhone thinks that headphones are plugged in, audio won't be streamed through the speakers.

How Do I Make Sure My iPhone Is Not In Headphones Mode?

  1. One quick way to see if your iPhone is stuck in headphones mode is to press the volume buttons on the left side of your iPhone. If the notification that pops up says “Headphones” then your iPhone is in headphones mode.
  2. Using a flashlight, inspect your Lightning port or headphone jack for lint, gunk, or any other debris.
  3. If you see something stuck in your Lightning port, brush it out using an anti-static brush or new toothbrush.

Pro Tips

6. Update iOS On Your iPhone

  • Update iOS On Your iPhone
iOS is the software operating system of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Apple releases frequent updates to iOS to fix software bugs and patch up security issues.

Why Should I Update iOS On My iPhone?

If your iPhone is running an outdated version of iOS, you may run into problems that could be fixed simply by updating the most recent version of iOS.

How Do I Update iOS On My iPhone?

There are two ways to update iOS on your iPhone: in the Settings app and by using iTunes.

Update iOS In The Settings App

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update.
  4. If an update is available, tap Install Now.

Update iOS Using iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to a computer using a Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click the Phone button in the upper left-hand corner of iTunes (see image 3).
  4. Click Check For Update.
  5. If an update is available, click Download and Install.

Pro Tips

  • If you plan on updating iOS in the Settings app, make sure your iPhone has over 50% of its battery life or is plugging into a power source.

7. Reset All Settings

  • Reset All Settings
Reset All Settings doesn't erase any of the personal information from your iPhone, but it does restore everything in the Settings app to factory defaults. You'll have to optimize your battery settings, choose your favorite background image, and enter your Wi-Fi password again, but all of your apps, photos, and contacts will still be on your iPhone.

Why Should I Reset All Settings?

Many iPhone problems are caused when Settings isn't set up correctly or by corruption within individual Settings app files. Restoring the Settings app back to factory defaults doesn't fix every iPhone software problem, but it is a go-to fix for Apple technicians because it does solve a lot of problems that would be very difficult to to track down by hand.

How Do I Reset All Settings?

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Use your finger to scroll down to Reset. It will be the last option in Settings -> General.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings.
  6. Enter your passcode.
  7. Tap Reset All Settings. You'll be prompted twice.
  8. A progress bar will appear on the screen.
  9. Your iPhone will automatically turn back on when the reset finishes.

8. Back Up Your iPhone

  • Back Up Your iPhone

It's important to back up your iPhone before doing any major restores (such as a DFU restore). If something goes wrong while you're trying to fix your iPhone, having a back up means you won't lose any of your data (such as contacts, photos, apps, and more). Restoring from a back up is a lot more convenient than having to go and reenter all the information that was saved on your iPhone.

How Do I Back Up My iPhone?

There are two ways to back up your iPhone:

Backup Your iPhone Using iCloud

  1. If you have a WiFi connection, you can back up your iPhone using iCloud.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap iCloud (I blacked out my iCloud email address in my screenshot, but you'll see your iCloud email address there!)
  4.  Tap Backup.
  5. Make sure the switch next to iCloud Backup is on. You'll know the switch is on when the switch is green.
  6. Tap Back Up Now.
  7. A status bar will appear to tell you how much time is remaining.

Backup Your iPhone Using iTunes

  1. Plug the Lightning connector on your Lightning cable (charging cable) into the Lightning port on your iPhone.
  2. Plug the other end of your Lightning cable into a USB port on your computer.
  3. Open iTunes on your computer.
  4. Click on the iPhone icon in the upper left hand corner of iTunes.
  5. Click the circle next to “iCloud” or “This computer” to select whether you want to backup your iPhone to iCloud or your computer.
  6. Click Back Up Now to backup your iPhone.
  7. When the backup is complete, you'll see the time and date updated under Latest Backup.

9. DFU Restore Your iPhone

  • DFU Restore Your iPhone
A DFU (Device Firmware Update) restore is most in-depth reset you can do to an iPhone. A DFU restore uses your computer to erase and reload all the code that controls both the software and hardware on your iPhone.

Why Should I DFU Restore My iPhone?

A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if  your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.

Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.

How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?

Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:

  1. Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
  3. On an iPhone 7 or newer, press and hold the power and volume down button.  
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the volume down button
  5. Let go of the volume down button when iTunes says “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.”
  6. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  7. Restore your iPhone using iTunes.

Pro Tips

  • If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.
  • Learn more about DFU restores in our article: How To Put An iPhone Into DFU Mode, The Apple Way.
  • A damaged component can prevent your iPhone from fully completing the DFU restore. If your iPhone is damaged in any way, a DFU may break your iPhone.
  • In Apple jargon, the power button is also known as the Sleep / Wake Button.

10. Repair Your iPhone With Puls

  • Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a “we come to you” iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click “have a coupon code?” right above Submit Repair Request.
  10. Enter the coupon code PF10ND18 to save at least $10 on your repair.
  11. Click the button that says “Submit Repair Request”.

Pro Tips

  • Every certified Puls technician has passed a background check, so you'll know they'll do a great job!

11. Repair Your iPhone With Apple

  • Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.

Pro Tips

  • If you're not sure whether your iPhone is still under warranty, you can find out on Apple's website.
  • Apple repairs are covered by a 90-day AppleCare warranty.
  • If you've ever used a 3rd-party service to repair your iPhone, or if you've ever replaced a part of your iPhone with a non-Apple part, then the Apple Store may not repair your iPhone. (Shhhh!)
  • In some cases, Apple will not repair devices that are older than five years old. These devices are classified as vintage or legacy.

iPhone 8 Speaker: Working

You've fixed the problem with your iPhone 8 speaker and sounds are playing crystal clear! Make sure to share this article on social media so your family and friends know what to do when their iPhone 8 speaker is not working. Thanks for reading and leave a comment below to share your thoughts about the iPhone 8.

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