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8 Quick Tips to Fix iPhone Keeps Switching to Silent (iOS 15 Supported)

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“My iPhone 12 goes into silent mode by itself. Looking at the settings, nothing has changed and would indicate all sounds are still on. However, I'll not receive any sounds notification, ringer and alarms are off. Why this is happenning and how to fix? It is really annoying.” -- Posted on Apple Community

It is one of the most common problems reported with the sound on iOS devices: iPhone keeps switching to silent mode. This can cause you missing important notifications including phone calls.

Don't worry. Here we have compiled some effective solutions to fix iPhone keeps turning silent mode on and off. We recommend you trying one solution and then move on to the next if the problem persists.

1. Adjust Sound Settings on iPhone

It is possible that you accidentally turn off the sound using the device's buttons. You can change this in Settings, preventing the buttons from interfering with the sound.

To do that , go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics (for older iOS, just Sound), then turn off "Change with Buttons" under the "Ringer and Alerts" section.

turn off change with buttons

2. Change Do Not Disturb Settings

Adjusting the Sound settings on your iPhone will help to fix the issue. If not, you can make use of Do Not Disturb feature to eliminate any settings that could be causing the iPhone keeps going silent mode issue.

To do that, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and locate the option "Activate". It is set to "Automatically" by default. Change it to "Manually" and see if the silent switch is functioning properly.

set do not disturb to manually

3. Force Restart Your iPhone

Force restarting your iPhone is also a great way to remove any settings that could be causing the issue of iPhone going silent automatically. Here's how to force restart your iPhone:

  • For iPhone 8 and later: Press and quickly release the volume up button, then press and quickly release the volume down button. Press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
  • For iPhone 7 and 7 plus: Press and hold the power button and the volume up button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  • For iPhone 6 and earlier: Press and hold the power and home buttons until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

force restart iphone

4. Fix with Bold Text Function

Most people don't know it, but you can also restart the device using the "Bold Text" function in Settings.

To do that, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then turn on "Bold Text" and a popup will appear telling you the device will restart. Tap "Continue" and the iPhone will restart.

turn on bold text

5. Check & Clean the Switch Button

You can find the silent switch just above the volume buttons on your iPhone. Using a soft cloth or a toothpick to clean the switch button and make sure there is no dirt/dust in it. Sometimes, the switch may be broken or faulty, then your device could go silent at inopportune moments. Try putting the device in silent mode using the silent button. If it doesn't work, you should consider contacting Apple Support to get the device repaired.

6. Use Assistive Touch Instead

Excessive using of the switch button may affect its functionality. In this case, we suggest you use the Assistive Touch instead of the switch button to change the Silent/Ringer option. Here's how to do it:

  • Step 1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility to locate the option "Assistive Touch" and turn it on.
  • Step 2. Go back to home screen and tap the grey floating circle, then click on the "Device" option.
  • Step 3. Here you'll be able to unmute, volume up, volume down the device without any physical buttons.

use assistive touch

7. Update iOS to the Latest Version

Updating the iOS to the latest version of iOS 15 can help to fix any bugs in the system that could be causing the iPhone's sound to malfunction. Follow these simple steps to update the device:

  1. Connect the iPhone to a stable Wi-Fi network.

  2. Open the Settings on your device and then tap on General.

  3. Tap on "Software Update" and if an update is available, click "Download and Install" to install it on your device.

update iphone

8. Repair iOS to Fix iPhone Keeps Switching to Silent Mode

Many problems like this one are caused by issues with the iOS system. If all the solutions above don't work to repair the device, you should consider using an iOS system repair tool to fix it. One of the best tools to use is FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. The program has great features designed to help repairing any iOS related issue. These features include the following:

  • The Standard Mode allows you to fix all iOS related issues without data loss  .
  • Fix a lot of iOS problems like iPhone stuck on the Apple Logo, Recovery or DFU mode, the black/white screen and many other issues.
  • It is very easy to use, allowing you to repair your device in a few simple steps and a few minutes.
  • It supports all iOS devices and iOS versions, including the latest iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro (Max), iOS 14 and iOS 15.
  • It gets positive reviews from CNET, Software.Informer, Filehorse, GetDroidTips, Lera Blog, etc.


Follow these simple steps to use FoneGeek to repair an iPhone goes to silent mode automatically issue:

Step 1: Install FoneGeek iOS repair tool on your computer and then launch it. In the main window, select "Standard Mode" to begin.

choose repair mode

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer and unlock the device to allow the program to recognize it. If it is not connected, put the device in DFU/recovery mode using the procedure displayed on the screen.

connect ios device

Step 3 The program will then detect the device's model and present you with various suitable firmware options. Select one and then click "Download".

download firmware

Step 4: Once the firmware download is complete, click on "Fix Now" and the program will immediately begin repairing the device.


Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete and the device restarts.

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Whenever your iPhone is having the issue of iPhone keeps switching to silent, you can use the solutions above to repair the device. Select a solution you can trust and follow the instructions to implement it. Let us know in the comments section below if you were able to repair the device. Your questions and comments on this issue and many others are welcomed.

Edwin J. Parke
Tuesday on Sep 24, 2019, 21:26:22 GMT / Post By Edwin J. Parke to iPhone Issues

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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