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anyone else having this issue? my earphone volume often would lower itself by about half the volume I set to, and doesnt revert back to the original level, it seems it happens most often when I receives a notification when I got the earphone plugged in. I checked the volume lock, still shows that it's on max, and the volume adjustment buttons shows it did not change.


I had tried unplug and replug the earphone, also tried rebooting the phone, does seems to restore the volume.


The volume sometimes restores itself if I receives a notification, or launch a game, or enlarge a web page via safari... but the chances to restore the volume is still pretty low.


This is happening for me on iOS 5 and iOS 5.01, affecting both music and vidoes, doesnt affect notification or games.



iPhone 4S, iOS 5
  • jamesfromfuschl am see Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Mine did the same today iPhone 4s with the latest iOS 5.1 . The headphone volume was set at max and suddenly only gave about 50% output !!. Didn't matter what I did the volume would not get any louder. After I connected to Siri it went back to normal ??. There must be a bug but it has not been sorted out in the first update.

  • jamesfromfuschl am see Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Have organized a replacement after talking to apple support . They said sounds like a phone problem, also they said the yellow screen was a good enough reason. I was promised a brand new one not a refab. :-) hope its better then the first one. The volume issue is a killer. Compared to my iPod touch the 4s gives about 50% less volume

  • Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting... I did what you did, and it restored the volume to to normal...

  • Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's unlikely a hardware issue, because game and notification sounds are normal, only the sound for music and video got 'halved', so most likely a software bug...


    My iphone doesnt have yellow tint screen or the battery issue, so I rather stay with it instead of getting a replacement that may have worser issues...

  • Galaxyboyx Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Actually, like the many others, my iPhone 4S earpiece is softer than usual as compared to what my iPod touch can produce at the same level of volume. Must be bug.

  • jamesfromfuschl am see Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes I'm a bit worried about the new one having the same or other problems !, but it's on it's way. I have a few days with both phones so I'll keep the best one :-).

  • rj d lover boy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hey friend i feel that iphone 4s is is not at all good because the music  volume is too low its ***** man...i will like to u iphone4 because iphone4s is too bad.....pls someone fixed that something pls guys help me out...?

  • cudiaco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've been having the same problem too. Listening to music, and suddenly the volume drops for no apparent reason.  If I turn on Pandora or go running with Nike+, it goes back to normal. After quitting those apps though, the volume decreases once again.


    I'm able to get around this by going to settings-> sounds and just sliding the ringer and alerts volume slider once or twice, seems to re-adjust the volume back to nornal. (iphone 4s ios 5.0)


    i've also had the same problem with my 3GS (running ios 4.3.3) when using nike plus. I live in an area where it regularly gives me notifications about weak gps signals. when i get the notifications, it kills my music volume by 50% too. very annoying.

  • Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, after playing around for the past 2 weeks, jamesfromfuschl am see's answer worked for me everytime.


    When the volume drops and doesnt go back up, just hold down Home button to open Siri or Voice Control, close it and go back to Music, your volume should be restore.



  • cudiaco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll give it a shot next time it happens. I hope apple takes note of this and introduces a fix in one of their future updates though.



  • michael.danko Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yesterday I had been playing around with the settings on my iPhone 4S (5.0.1) and changed the volume limit in settings but noticed it didn't take effect right away unless it was locked with a password. I inadvertently left the volume on a low setting and closed the app. Today I had plugged in headphones and noticed the volume wasn't playing full volume. I plugged in my sister's headphones...same problem. Plugged my headphones in her iPhone 4 and it worked. Just happen to go back to settings and saw it was a lowered volume limit issue. Also to note, there are bugs that when using Siri, cause your "media volume" to sky rocket. Opening and closing siri was always the fix for my problem.

  • shoaib3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    okay i gt my 4s from india and i have a 4s from uk and iphone 4 and an ipod touch .i realised tat the music and videos volume(earpiece) was significantly lower on iphone 4s(india) as compared to iphone 4s(uk) iphone4,n ipod touch .i called up apple care and enquired about the issue and they said there must b sumthn wrong with the hardware and will give me a replacment bt i checked another iphone 4s in the istore n it also had a low volume idea is it a bad batch or a software issue coz speaker volume and call volume in headfones is fine .

  • cudiaco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For what its worth, I ended up upgrading my phone to iOS 5.0.1 and haven't had the volume magically dropping for no reason.


    On the other hand, I now have discovered I have tinnitus. Win some, lose some I guess.

  • MarkFixedit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    shoaib3, I had the exact same issue: always (no exception) extremely low sound levels from the small ear speaker, but normal loud sound from headphones and speaker.



    It covers the ear speaker and totally muffles the sound from it. I just cut out a piece of the foil to leave the earspeaker uncovered.

    Apple did not pay attention to this little detail, and of course many users leave this protection on as it came out of the box.

    Hope this helps you,


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