iPhone out of headphone mode

headphone mode

Headphone mode is the secondary option in iPhone next to ringer as we all know. You are absolutely sure that your headphones are not inserted. The headphones option is situated above the volume slider. Even if you increase your volume button, it shows the headphones option on the screen, as well as the volume, is increasing. On concord, no sound will be audible to you. Then you’ll try to bring the headphone mode into ringer by the plug-in and plug-out the headphones.

This article briefly explains why your iPhone is stuck on headphone mode, an awesome trick to get the junk out of your headphone jack, and how to fix the problem for good.

iPhone isn’t Plugged with headphones

Although the headphones are not plugged in, it thinks that the headphones are plugged in the headphone jack. This is the main cause for stuck of your iPhone in headphones option. Usually, Headphone jack itself causes the problem. 99% of the time, this is the hardware problem, not a software problem.

Eliminate The Possibility Of A Software Problem

The iPhone stuck in headphones mode is not caused by any software problem, if you think in such a way just turn it off and back on again. Press and hold the power button to turn off your iPhone. The Power button is also known as Sleep / Wake button. Then “slide to power off” option will be displayed on the screen, slide the button.To turn off your iPhone, it takes 20 seconds, that’s completely normal. Until the Apple logo appears on the screen, hold the power button and then let go.

There is a hardware problem with your iPhone if Still, your iPhone is stuck on headphones mode after your iPhone turns on. In this situation, this problem is being caused by one of the two possibilities:

  • Debris stuck inside the headphone jack is making to think your iPhone that headphones are plugged in.
  • The headphone jack might be damaged physically or else with liquid.

Take  A Glance Inside The Headphone Jack

Take a flashlight and focus it inside your iPhone’s headphone jack. Then you will find some debris such as rice, to brown goo, to broken-off tips of cheap headphones stuck inside. Trying to extract the debris from your iPhone is very difficult, as some Apple techs won’t even try.
Most of the people agreed that it was worth the risk because they really had nothing to lose. Poking around in your iPhones headphone jack can damage it. Here is a solution that will work out for 50% of the time.

Get Junk Out Of iPhone’s Headphone Jack

Apple Stores itself don’t have any tools designed to extract debris from headphones jacks. Nevertheless, some unofficial tricks that Apple techs sometimes use to get stuff out. Remember, none of these are Apple-approved methods because they can cause damage.

The BIC Pen Trick

An Apple Genius showed how to do it. To remove debris from an iPhone’s headphone jack here’s how to use a BIC pen. Your pen will not survive this procedure.

  • By removing the cap use a standard BIC pen

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  • To pull the pen tip away from the plastic housing use pliers.

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  • The tip is attached to a circular plastic cartridge that contains the ink.

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  • To remove debris from the headphone jack, the opposite end of the cartridge is a perfect size.

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  • Gently twist to loosen the debris by inserting that end into the headphone jack, and then shake it out of your iPad or iPhone.

gently twist to loosen the debris

Using this trick, lots of headphone jacks got saved. If the debris isn’t coming out, move on to the next tip. Be careful not to press too hard.

Compressed Air

Compressed Air

To blow air directly into your iPhone’s headphone jack, try using a can of compressed air. This works even if you can’t find anything stuck inside. Just enough to shake it out or blow it out completely, compressed air can loosen debris. Gently, don’t stick the hose all the way into your iPhone’s headphone jack and start blowing. Work your way in starting from the outside of your iPhone.

You can try blowing air yourself if you don’t have a can of compressed air. But, trying with the mouth is not a better option as our breath contains moisture that can damage your iPhone’s internal circuitry. By all means, try it if you feel like you have nothing to lose.



Thin tweezers can sometimes really reach just far enough inside to pull a piece of rice or other debris out of an iPhone’s headphone jack. Though using tweezers is risky. This is a lot such as the game called Operation by Milton Bradley. Damaging the sides of the headphone jack is very easy if you shove tweezers in too far.

Some tech-savvy people and secretly, some Apple Geniuses have had success extracting debris from iPhone headphone jacks by disassembling the iPhone. Poking the debris out from the underneath of the headphone jack.

Even After Trying All The Above Methods, Still Your iPhone Is Stuck On Headphone Mode

There is a good chance if your iPhone still isn’t working after you’ve tried everything above. Usually, headphone jacks on iPhones will stop working for one of two reasons:

Water Damage

Water Damage

iPhones getting stuck in headphones mode is water damage. It is a very common reason and a lot of the time people don’t know how it could have happened. One of them asked “Are you an athlete?”, and they said yes.  Another question is “Do you listen to music when you run or work out?”, and they’d say yes again. Can you guess what happened?

This problem is caused many times when sweat runs down the cord of an athlete’s headphones. Even if a small amount of sweat gets inside the headphone jack, it causes their iPhone to get stuck in headphone mode.

Other types of water damage can cause this problem too. This headphone is one of the only openings on the outside of the iPhone. This makes it particularly susceptible to water damage. If the rest of an iPhone works perfectly after it gets wet, the headphone jack may not.

Physical Damage

Physical Damage

Probably, you know what’s wrong if your iPhone is smashed into 1000 pieces. There is another very common reason why iPhones get stuck on headphone mode if it’s still in one piece: The headphone jack gets pulled away from the logic board.

“Wait a second. I Keep my iPhone in great shape.”

This problem is not caused by plugging headphones in and out of your iPhone. From normal use, I have never seen it occurred. The question is: “Do you wrap your headphones around your iPhone when you’re not using it?” The customer says yes. Come to think of it, the same Genius who turned me on to the BIC pen trick told me this, too. I’d give him credit if I didn’t think he could get in trouble. Can you guess what happened here?

wrapping headphones 1                                wrapping headphones 2The strain from the headphones wrapped around the iPhone on the end plugged into the headphone jack becomes so great that the entire headphone jack starts to pull away from the logic board after a while. When you unplug your headphones to iPhone, there’s no problem even if you wrap your headphones around it. 

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Unfortunately, there’s a good chance to repair your iPhone for the damage done by reading this article.

Repair Options

Especially this problem is frustrating for people who go to the Apple Store because the only repair option Apple offers to fix a broken headphone jack is to replace the entire iPhone. Many people simply refuse, opting instead to use a Bluetooth headset or speaker dock to make and receive phone calls. On concord, it’s a major inconvenience when the sound doesn’t work on your iPhone.

Debris stuck inside your iPhone’s headphones jack to make matters worse isn’t covered under warranty. So repairing this simple problem can be very expensive. If you’d like to repair your iPhone today for a lot less than Apple. CellSavers will meet you at home or a location of your choice in less than an hour. They offer a lifetime warranty on parts and labor. iResq.com is a great mail-in service that offers headphone jack repairs for several iPhone models.

Wrapping Up

When iPhone gets stuck in headphones mode, it’s frustrating. This is because it seems such as a simple problem should have a simple solution. Unfortunately, it’s a tiny piece of debris or a little drop of water can have such a detrimental effect on your iPhone. Sincerely, I hope that your iPhone is no longer stuck in headphone mode. On concord, if it is, at least you know what to do next.

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