How to Fix iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode [Solved]

Some iPhone users still prefer the headphone via a 3mm jack over the Bluetooth-connected earphone for listening to music, speaking over the call, and so on, because the headphone jack does not need to be charged.

We have got some reports from a lot of iPhone users that their iPhones are stuck in headphone mode and it is not allowing users from using the iPhone speaker, in spite of disconnecting the headphone jack from the iPhone.

Some of the causes that we have managed to gather are listed below.

  • iPhone might be water-damaged
  • There may be some dirt/dust around the headphone jack
  • Technical issues within the iPhone
  • Some network settings might be changed
  • Outdated iPhone iOS software

This post explains how you can fix the iPhone stuck in headphone mode issue with the help of different troubleshooting ideas below.

Fix 1 – Hardware Damaged due to Water

Some iPhone users have reported that after their iPhone got immersed in the water, it got spoilt and after this incident, they are facing the stuck in headphone mode issue on their iPhones.

Therefore, we have to first solve this water damage issue and this in turn resolve the stuck in the headphone mode issue. For that, you have to first shut down your iPhone device and then immerse it inside the bag filled with raw rice for around 1 or 2 days.

After 1 or 2 days, you need to take the iPhone out of the rice bag and it would have sucked all the water and moisture from the internal parts of the iPhone’s hardware. Once you have the iPhone with you, start the iPhone device and check whether the issue got fixed.

Fix 2 – Clean the Headphone Jack of your iPhone

If there is any dirt filled inside the headphone jack of your iPhone, you may face such issues as explained above in this post. So you need to clean the headphone jack with the help of a gentle toothbrush to remove all the dust particles from it.

Once you have cleaned the headphone jack, try playing some music and see if this worked for you.

Fix 3 – Turn On the Airplane Mode and turn it off

Step 1: Firstly, you have to launch the control centre screen on your iPhone.

Step 2: For that, you should swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen.

Step 3: Once the control centre appears, tap on the Airplane Mode option for enabling it.


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Step 4: This will disconnect all the connections from your iPhone.

Step 5: You have to wait for around more than 2 hours.

Step 6: After that, disable the Airplane Mode by clicking on the icon from the control centre.


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Fix 4 – Try Unplugging the Headphone Jack while on call

Step 1: To try this method, you need to make a call on your iPhone.

Step 2: Once the call is connected, you have to connect the headphone by plugging the jack into your iPhone.

Step 3: You can now try speaking on the call via the headphone.

Step 4: After some time, unplug the headphone from the iPhone and disconnect the call.

Step 5: Now you may observe that the issue got fixed.

Fix 5 – Plug/Unplug the Headphone Jack several times

Sometimes, due to some technical issues with the headphone jack on your iPhone, it can create this issue. To eliminate all the possible technical minor issues, you need to plug the headphone and unplug it several times.

Fix 6 – Connect to a Bluetooth device

Step 1: Open the Settings app and click on the Bluetooth option.


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Step 2: Now turn on the Bluetooth option by clicking on the toggle switch.


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Step 3: This will list all the Bluetooth devices nearby your iPhone device.

Step 4: Tap on the Bluetooth device from the list and connect it.


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Fix 7 – Reset All Settings

Even when you have tried all the fixes above and still were not able to resolve this issue, you may have to reset all the iPhone’s settings to their default values.¬†We highly recommend trying to reset all settings on your iPhone and then checking if this worked in resolving this issue.

Try Additional Fixes

  • Restart the iPhone – Try restarting your iPhone to remove any software glitches within your iPhone.
  • Update the iPhone’s software – When you update the iPhone software, it can automatically resolve some internal bugs and enhance the iPhone settings and feature for a better experience.