13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2014 1:16 AM by tejavu
synthetik Level 1 (0 points)

I regularly use my iPhone to play music in my car by plugging in one of those double ended headphone jacks into the phone. With every other iPhone i've ever had, music has played back perfectly with no issues. The iPhone 4S is a different story for me though.


Whenever I plug the phone in to play music, I can hear a distinct and prominent static/fuzz that interferes with the music. One odd thing I've discovered though is that if I turn the volume up or down on the phone as I'm listening to the music, at certain volume levels (completely random, changes everytime) the static disapears altogether.


To give an example, I might be listening to music with a lot of fuzz when the volume is at the halfway point. I click to turn the volume up once or twice - fuzz is still there (albeit even louder). Click to turn the volume up some more, stillt there. Then one more time, all of a sudden the fuzz is entirely gone. Click to turn the volume down, fuzz is back. Click all the way down to the halfway point, fuzzz is still there. Click down a little more, all of a sudden the fuzz is gone again. There's really no rhyme or reason to when the static comes or goes. But there is definitely some corrolation with the volume button.


To double check that the problem is not specific to my phone, or to my car-  I also tested my gf's iphone 4S on my car, and the same results are replicated. Nor does the problem seem to lay with my car as every previous iphone I've owned has worked perfectly with the car, and has never had any static issues. So the problem seems to be indemnic to the iphone 4S


Has anyone experienced anything similar to this - whether with headphones, or a double ended audio jack?

iPhone 4, iOS 5
  • macforpat Level 1 (0 points)

    I hear the same thing too. I tested it with my wifes 4s and hear the same thing. I have tested this with pandora app, when you play the song and pause it in the middle, the sounds still exists. I am going to try a better cable from fry's tomorrow and see if that helps.

  • kcc852 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm experiencing the same problem. I have tried 3 seperate cables now (all different brands). With my iPhone 3gs they work perfectly but with my 4s the static is prominent and annoying.

  • Iphone 1230 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same exact problem over here, noticed it with my car too. I can definately tell its from the iphone 4s because i have an original iphone that sounds crystal clear. Ive noticed if you press pause when music is playing the static will still play for a few seconds before it seems like power is cut to the headphone jack. Im actually a little dissapointed to have found a discussion thread so easily and fast about this issue. Its also kind of a tough spot for apple. because it is something minor but at the same time its really annoying. Hopefully it can be fixed with software i guess....

  • jmgrace Level 1 (0 points)

    I've been having the exact same problem, but it is with phone calls mostly.  I never had a problem with headphone with my iPhone 4, but I now realize it is the iPhone 4s that is having problems with static when using the headphones...why?  Because I have already turned in an iPhone 4s (due to battery and "reception issues") and now have a new iPhone 4s with the exact same problems.


    I now realize that my original "reception" problems are now more likely related to this "static when using headphones" issue (I make 90% of my calls using headphones.) 


    The most common occurance is that is that I will be 5-10 minutes into a perfectly clear call (all while sitting at home, not in a car) and then this static/echo will start occuring on my call.  The person on the other line can hear it too. 


    I have never done this with an Apple product, but between the bad battery life, wierd headphone static and inability to pick 3G or 2G, I'm regrettably going back to iPhone 4 before my 30 days runs out.  I will miss you Siri!



  • CinemaDonkey Level 1 (0 points)

    YES! I am having this problem and it is extremly frustrated, I hope apple catches on to this...

  • tkdlance Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm experiencing the same problem.


    Any word back from Apple support if it's a hardware or software issue?

  • Taildragon Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem on phone calls: 5 to 10 minutes into some calls, both I and my callers hear a lot of static and feedback.  Unplugging the headset fixes the problem.  I haven't tried changing the volume yet.  The problem does not occur on all calls.

  • macforpat Level 1 (0 points)

    Problem still persists with other cables I have tried. This is a pretty annoying issue, its really unbelieveable that apple didn't test this issue before releasing the phone. If they are unable to fix it with an hot fix this would be a recall of the phone for me.

  • hamster0011 Level 1 (0 points)

    just got my iphone 2 days ago and the headphone stereo jack have terrible static issue when i plug into my car stereo. my regular iphone 4 doesn't have this problem. Will return the iphone 4s.

  • kcc852 Level 1 (0 points)

    Called Apple and they said I have to take it into the store but seem surprised when I mentioned it.

  • mofobius Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey guys,

    I had the same problem on my iPhone 4S, and I was, needless to say, annoyed by the fault. However, after extensive research I discovered that you can, not so much as to fix the problem as far as I know, but you can certainly 'cure' it! What you do is turn your volume up to full, and then knock it down by one click. Voila! For some reason, the static disappears. I haven't noticed any static while using headphones, but while I'm in my car, I can just adjust the volume on the stereo, and play it at any volume with no static!


    I hope this helps everyone out there with the same problem!

  • khatacSD Level 1 (0 points)

    I spent most of time in the library studying and I always have my earphones on, at times I use my macbook pro to listen to music and sometimes my iPhone 4. I have experineced the same problem with both my macbook pro and iPhone; finally I figured out how to eleminate the static noise. It has something to do with the wall power socket that the iPhone or laptop is connected to when charging your device. When I unpluged the device from the charger the static totally eliminated from the earphone; in the past I have experinced the same issue with my home phone and I was able to resolve the static issue by installing a new phone jack.

  • tejavu Level 1 (0 points)

    That worked! thank you so much. I've been using an external battery case, and once I stopped it from charging my iphone, the static disappeared!