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Question: iPhone is stuck in headphone mode

I hadn't used the headphones before this happened. I've tried cleaning out the jack with a match (it looks very clean) and plugging the headphones in and out several times whilst watching a video. Neither worked.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

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iPhone 6, iOS 8, 1 day old.

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Dec 25, 2014 9:17 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

If nothing works, such as q-tip trick, un-plug in and plug in of the headphone, bluetooth speaker trick, the Setting/General/Accessibility/incoming calls (audio routing for newer software)/set speaker, then headset, turning on shazam, activiate siri...etc. TRY THIS, 1) have someone call you, 2) turn on to speaker mode, 3)turn off the speaker, 4) plug in your headphone, 5) un-plug headphone. This should work!

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Jan 17, 2015 5:35 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

so I read through this forum on all the solutions and none of them worked. However the ONE that did was SETTINGS>GENERAL>RESET>RESET NETOWRK SETTINGS. This only removes any passwords you have for wireless networks and does not reset any personal things such as pics, contacts, etc. After the the phone came back on work right away!

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Jan 5, 2015 10:30 PM in response to r850723 In response to r850723

I tried plugging and unplugging my Apple headphones 7-8 times like everyone else was saying, but it didn't work! I had all but given up and decided to go to the Apple Store... Then I stumbled upon this gem of a post!!! Thanks so much! Worked like a charm. I wasn't sure at first because nothing happened immediately, but once I hung up and started playing with my volume buttons it stopped saying "headphones" and started reading "ringer." It worked great, thanks again!

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Mar 5, 2015 10:54 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

ok after playing in the snow i came back inside and my phone was on headphones after i tried all of these steps with no success. this was the second time this has happpend to me. i have resolved this problem on my end, get a can of compressed air and put the needle on the end and stick it in the headphone jack and blow it out for about 10-20 secs and now i can hear spotify and other sounds and phone calls. hope this helps! 🙂

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Feb 27, 2015 2:46 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I don't know how well this will work for everyone but it has worked well for me twice now.


What you will need:

- Paper Clip.

- A little bit of time.


1. Open up music or a music app. I used Spotify because you can see when the music plays and pauses. If you see the music pause, then that's how you know that you are back in ringer mode.

2. Get the paper clip and move around the inside of the headphone jack. You would do it much like as if you were washing a cup.

3. Look for the music to pause. When the music pauses, it would be like you unplugged the headphones.


This method works really nice for me because I don't always have headphones to use and I'm sure you can use any type of object like a paper clip.

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Feb 20, 2015 11:08 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I tried a bunch of the solutions in these kinds of threads. My phone was waterdamaged and the problem started with the heaphone stuck issue. It also died a few times with blue screens of death, but a few nights in a bag with rice solved that problem.


The headphone problem persisted. I solved it by making a call with the headphones in, and during the call, I unplugged the headphones and the voice began coming through the earpiece of the phone again. Tried Spotify afterward and music was coming through the speaker!

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Mar 12, 2015 9:34 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I Had this issue for the first time the other day...


I have an iPhone 5s and I don't think I've even used the headphone jack on this particular phone, because it's a replacement phone for a previous phone where the sleep wake button wouldn't work. The other day I could not hear any phone calls and less I put it on speakerphone or I put in a headphone set. I first did a hard reset on my phone, then I rebooted it and it went away it hasn't return sense but, people are now complaining that they cannot hear me when I'm talking not on speakerphone. Three people have now told me that it sounds like I'm going in and out of the tunnel, and it's intermittent. My call either sounds completely clear or it sounds like I'm in a tunnel. Got to tell you it's a little bit annoying, and it makes me not want to upgrade to the next iPhone even though I'm eligible. This is my third iPhone five because all the iPhones I've had so far in the five series had problems that required insurance claims. And of course when you have a cell phone provider and you do an insurance claim, they send you a refurbished phone

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Dec 25, 2014 9:17 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

If nothing works, such as q-tip trick, un-plug in and plug in of the headphone, bluetooth speaker trick, the Setting/General/Accessibility/incoming calls (audio routing for newer software)/set speaker, then headset, turning on shazam, activiate siri...etc. TRY THIS, 1) have someone call you, 2) turn on to speaker mode, 3)turn off the speaker, 4) plug in your headphone, 5) un-plug headphone. This should work!

Dec 25, 2014 9:17 PM

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Jan 5, 2015 10:30 PM in response to r850723 In response to r850723

I tried plugging and unplugging my Apple headphones 7-8 times like everyone else was saying, but it didn't work! I had all but given up and decided to go to the Apple Store... Then I stumbled upon this gem of a post!!! Thanks so much! Worked like a charm. I wasn't sure at first because nothing happened immediately, but once I hung up and started playing with my volume buttons it stopped saying "headphones" and started reading "ringer." It worked great, thanks again!

Jan 5, 2015 10:30 PM

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Jan 17, 2015 5:35 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

so I read through this forum on all the solutions and none of them worked. However the ONE that did was SETTINGS>GENERAL>RESET>RESET NETOWRK SETTINGS. This only removes any passwords you have for wireless networks and does not reset any personal things such as pics, contacts, etc. After the the phone came back on work right away!

Jan 17, 2015 5:35 AM

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Jan 25, 2015 12:00 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

Went on a scuba diving boat today and noticed when I got back my iphone6 stuck in headphones mode as I was filming people jumping off boat and splashing into water. Thought salt water must have gone in the jack hole and dried leaving salt crystals.

TRied all the techniques listed here, cotton bud tip that was soaked in methylated spirits in attempt to disolve/ dislodge any salt or grime.

Still would not work, then while playing around with volume buttons and sending some txts I got two text messages back from some friends and this fixed the problem.

The sound from the message being received somehow reset this iphone earphone stuck 'bug'

Very happy Chappy as I don't need to go to a service shop to pay for repairs.

In summary, after cleaning earphone jack with cotton bud dipped in ethanol or methylated spirits allowing to evaporate and dry, get someone to text you a few times making sure you have a sound enabled for incoming texts.

IPhone 6 back to normal

Jan 25, 2015 12:00 AM

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Feb 20, 2015 11:08 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I tried a bunch of the solutions in these kinds of threads. My phone was waterdamaged and the problem started with the heaphone stuck issue. It also died a few times with blue screens of death, but a few nights in a bag with rice solved that problem.


The headphone problem persisted. I solved it by making a call with the headphones in, and during the call, I unplugged the headphones and the voice began coming through the earpiece of the phone again. Tried Spotify afterward and music was coming through the speaker!

Feb 20, 2015 11:08 AM

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Feb 23, 2015 3:35 AM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

Just thought everyone should know, I tried all these methods and nothing but the one that worked for me was airplane mode. I left it on airplane mode for about 3 hours and I think it fixed it when I turned it off.

Feb 23, 2015 3:35 AM

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Feb 27, 2015 2:46 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I don't know how well this will work for everyone but it has worked well for me twice now.


What you will need:

- Paper Clip.

- A little bit of time.


1. Open up music or a music app. I used Spotify because you can see when the music plays and pauses. If you see the music pause, then that's how you know that you are back in ringer mode.

2. Get the paper clip and move around the inside of the headphone jack. You would do it much like as if you were washing a cup.

3. Look for the music to pause. When the music pauses, it would be like you unplugged the headphones.


This method works really nice for me because I don't always have headphones to use and I'm sure you can use any type of object like a paper clip.

Feb 27, 2015 2:46 PM

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Mar 5, 2015 10:54 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

ok after playing in the snow i came back inside and my phone was on headphones after i tried all of these steps with no success. this was the second time this has happpend to me. i have resolved this problem on my end, get a can of compressed air and put the needle on the end and stick it in the headphone jack and blow it out for about 10-20 secs and now i can hear spotify and other sounds and phone calls. hope this helps! 🙂

Mar 5, 2015 10:54 PM

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Mar 12, 2015 9:34 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

I Had this issue for the first time the other day...


I have an iPhone 5s and I don't think I've even used the headphone jack on this particular phone, because it's a replacement phone for a previous phone where the sleep wake button wouldn't work. The other day I could not hear any phone calls and less I put it on speakerphone or I put in a headphone set. I first did a hard reset on my phone, then I rebooted it and it went away it hasn't return sense but, people are now complaining that they cannot hear me when I'm talking not on speakerphone. Three people have now told me that it sounds like I'm going in and out of the tunnel, and it's intermittent. My call either sounds completely clear or it sounds like I'm in a tunnel. Got to tell you it's a little bit annoying, and it makes me not want to upgrade to the next iPhone even though I'm eligible. This is my third iPhone five because all the iPhones I've had so far in the five series had problems that required insurance claims. And of course when you have a cell phone provider and you do an insurance claim, they send you a refurbished phone

Mar 12, 2015 9:34 PM

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Mar 14, 2015 5:14 PM in response to patrickfromnewbridge In response to patrickfromnewbridge

Great posts! I spent about an hour w/Apple today, did a complete restore, problem not resolved. I was about to head to the AT&T store to get a new phone. I then came across these posts. I simply connected to a bluetooth device, then disconnected, problem solved! Spent about 3 hrs total on this problem and the actual resolution took 2 minutes.

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