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8 Simply Ways to Fix 'iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode' (in 2 Minutes)

Many iPhone users have encountered this situation: When they unplug the iPhone or iPad from the lightning port, the iPhone is still stuck in the headset mode? Then your iPhone speakers will not make a sound. And in some cases, you will also see that the headphone volume is still displayed on the home screen. If you are new to use an iPhone, you may feel very depressed. Not afraid, it is usually easy to fix. Let's take a look how to fix the issue of ‘iPhone stuck in headphone mode’.

Part 1. Why iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode

First of all, this situation is likely to be caused by the following reasons.

  • Too fast to disconnect the headphone.
  • The headphone is incompatible with the device or of low quality.
  • There is a problem with the headphone jack.

Part 2. How to iPhone Fix iPhone Stuck in Headphone Mode

It will be easier to solve if the headphone issue is the result of software problems. Usually our device can easily identify and repair the issue. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the solutions.

1. Plug and Unplug Headphones

The most simple thing you can try is to plug in the headphone and unplug them. Somethings may go wrong with the headphone jack, so that it couldn’t be recognized by your iPhone when the headphones has already been unplugged, and the device still detect that the headphones are plugged. Then make this pair of headphones plugged and unplugged could possible solve this issue.

unplug headphone

2. Remove Your iPhone Case

Many a time, the iPhone stuck in the headphone mode could be caused by the device case. Especially when the iPhone case doesn’t include a precise cut for headphone jack. As a result, we highly recommend you to take off the case or any cover from your iPhone, then try again to check whether the iPhone is still in headphone mode or not.

remove iphone case

3. Regularly Clean Headphone Jack

As previous mentioned, the headphone jack issue could possibly result in ‘iPhone stuck on headphone’ problem. Too much dust on the headphone jack could affect the recognition of the headphone. Thus, you have to take a clean toothpick or cloth to clean the dust or dirty to remove then dust from the headphone jack. Ensure that the headphone jack should be dry when you are cleaning it.

clean iphone jack

4. Turn Off and Turn on Airplane Mode

Sometimes, your iPhone may still detect that the device is connected with other audio source, such as bluetooth headphones. Fortunately, it is easy to be avoided by putting your iPhone into Airplane mode.

When the Airplane mode is disabled, all the network or bluetooth connection will be interrupted temporarily. Check how you can do it below:

Step 1. If the assistive touch is enabled on your iPhone, click the assistive touch then ‘Control Center’ option.

Step 2. Click the option of ‘Airplane Mode’ to enable that it is on. Then wait for a while and turn it off.

turn off and turn on airplane mode

You can also directly go to Settings on iPhone, then turn on ‘Airplane Mode’ option.

5. Play a Song on iPhone

To play a song or music is said to be useful to fix the issue of ‘iPhone stuck on headphone mode’. You can simply play a some with iPhone’s inbuilt music apps, such as iTunes, Spotify, Pandora. You can also play musics with other music apps.

Firstly, connect the pair of headphones to iPhone and open music apps to play a some. Then wait for the iPhone to lock automatically. After the device is locked, unlock it and force close the music app, then disconnect the headphones and check whether the iPhone speaker is in normal or not.

play a song on iphone

6. Reset All Settings on iPhone

If this issue still exists after trying the most common solutions above, you can try to reset your iPhone settings. However, all the data on iPhone will be deleted permanently. In this case, back up iPhone with iTunes or iCloud will be required. To reset all settings on iPhone, head over to Settings > Reset > Reset all Settings and enter the passcode to verify the reset process. The iPhone should be in normal mode after that.

reset all settings iphone

7. Upgrade iOS Version

To keep the iPhone version up to date will also avoid and resolve various iPhone issues that you may encounter, including the iPhone stuck in headphone mode issue. Now follow the steps below to install the newest iOS update version on your iPhone.

Step 1. Hit Settings app on the home scree of your iPhone.

Step 2. When you are in Settings mode, click General, then ‘Software Update’ to check whether the iPhone system is the newest version.

Step 3. If the new update is available, click ‘Download and Install’ to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 15/14. After that, most iPhone bugs shall be fixed.

check for update

8. Fix All Issues in One Click without Data Loss

When your iPhone or iPad is stuck in recovery mode or encountering other difficult issues, most solutions that you can search online may be restore iPhone system with iTunes or restart iPhone. Unfortunately, 100% recovery rate could not be guaranteed and you will be in risk of losing all the data on iPhone. Thus FoneGeek iOS System Recovery is here for your assistance. This 3rd-party iOS repair tool cal fix all iOS issues without any data loss, such as iPhone running slow after iOS 15 update, iPhone stuck in verifying update, iPhone won't turn on, etc.


Here is the step-by-step guide that you can follow to understand how to fix all iPhone issues in one click.

Step 1. First of all, ensure that FoneGeek toolkit is downloaded and installed on your computer. Then launch it and continue to connect the device to computer with an usb cable. After that, hit ‘iOS System Recovery’ tab on the main screen to initial the proceed.

select ios system recovery

Step 2. The device will soon be identified by the software automatically. What you get to do now should be tap on ‘Start’ button.

connect iphone to pc

Step 3. Then, you should get the iPhone into DFU mode. The references on the screenshot will offer the detailed guide.

iphone dfu mode

Step 4. The software will detect the firmware according to your iPhone models. You can also select each detail manually.

download firmware package

Step 5. Click ‘Repair’ to start the repair process. In general, the repair process will take several minutes. So be patient and let the repair process complete. Them your iPhone will get started immediately.

fix ios system

9. Contact Apple for Tech Support

You can also get professional tech support from Apple if your doubt that your iPhone is stuck on headphone mode for hardware issue. Take the device to the Apple store nearby and the staff will check your iPhone issue and get it fixed. But it may cost a lot to repair the device.

Joan J. Mims
Friday on Apr 05, 2019, 12:25:16 GMT / Post By Joan J. Mims to iPhone Issues

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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