What to do if the microphone does not work on the iPhone: simple tips for solutions
We recently told you what to do if you’re having trouble with the microphone on your Android smartphone. Today, though, we’re going to talk about similar failures on the iPhone, because it happens, too.
If for some reason your interlocutor hears you intermittently or not at all, recorded video and audio have poor sound quality, it means there is a problem with the microphone. Below, we’ll talk about how you can fix them without looking in the service or your nearest Apple store. Although sometimes the problems can also be hardware, let’s first look at the software options.
The latest models such as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, X, XS Max, XR, 8 and 8Plus have three microphones. one at the top, one at the back and a third at the bottom. To test the front and back microphone, simply record two quick videos with the selfie camera and main camera, then listen to the recorded audio.
To check the lower microphone, open the Voice Memo app on your iPhone and record a voice memo. Play the recording, and check the sound quality. If your voice is fading or crackling, the microphone needs to be checked and possibly repaired.
The most classic situation. the grill has collected dust and dirt, after which the microphone no longer works properly. You can clean it with a toothbrush or blow it out with compressed air. In both cases, however, you have to be careful not to make the brush too stiff and the airflow too strong. This can damage the iPhone’s microphone and internals.
Wireless Bluetooth headphones can be connected to the iPhone. Some models do this when placed in a charging station, which can cause the call to be automatically diverted to the headset instead of the iPhone’s speakers and microphone. The same is true if the device is connected to the car’s infotainment system.
In such cases, it is always recommended that you manually disconnect Bluetooth devices from your iPhone from the Control Center.
Another typical problem is cheap or low-quality cases that simply cover the microphone completely or partially. The solution is simple. remove the case and check the sound quality.
iOS turns on noise reduction by default to reduce ambient background noise during phone calls. While this works fine in most scenarios, the feature can end up muting the user’s voice as well.
To disable it, go to Settings Special Features Audio/Video. There you need to disable noise modulation.
If the problem persists, move on to the next item.
If there are problems with video calls in apps like FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp, you need to check the permissions for them. The microphone permission is most likely disabled for these applications.
Go to Privacy Settings Microphone. There you need to check which applications have access to the microphone and which do not.
For the iPhone X and newer models, it’s done this way:
- Quickly press the volume up button and release it;
- Quickly press the volume down button and release;
- Press and hold the side button;
- “Swipe to turn off” will appear on the screen. you need to swipe without releasing the side button until the Apple logo appears.
For iPhone 8 or older models, the algorithm is as follows:
- Press and hold the Lock/Wake button on the right side of the iPhone;
- Simultaneously press and hold the volume down button on the left side
- Hold down both buttons until the screen goes black and then turns back on and shows the Apple logo.
It is important to note that a hard reset does not erase data
If the iPhone microphone still doesn’t work properly after following all the steps above, you’ll have to reset your iPhone back to factory settings. Go to the iPhone settings app, then to General Reset and select Reset All Settings.
At this point, it’s iOS 13.5. This may solve the problem.
Go to settings iPhone General Software Update and download the latest iOS version to your device.
If none of this helps, the microphone is most likely physically broken. The cause can be water, electrical contact failure, dust and more. But this is already solved only in the service.
How to turn on the top speaker on your iPhone?
Go to “Settings” “Sounds” (or “Settings” “Sounds, tactile signals”) and drag the “Ringing and Warnings” slider back and forth several times.
If you can hear the interlocutor when talking on iPhone, but he does not hear you. most likely this is due to incorrect operation of the microphone, which is located below. It may be clogged with dust, or simply malfunction. So you can try to clean the grid, which is located near the charging connector.
How to adjust sound on Airpods?
Go to “Settings” “Universal Access” “Audio-visual Element” “Headphone Adaptation. Select the “Custom Sound Setup” option. Follow the instructions on the screen.
What to do if the microphone does not work on your iPhone
- Clean the microphone The microphone may just be clogged with dust and dirt
- Turn off Bluetooth accessories.
- Make sure that nothing is blocking the microphone.
- Turn off noise reduction.
- Allow apps access to the microphone.
- Forcibly reboot your iPhone
- Reset all settings on iPhone
- Update the iPhone firmware.
How long does it take to record on an iPhone?
Voice recordings are stored in “Recently Deleted” for 30 days, after which they are permanently deleted. If the voice recording is still in the “Recently Deleted” folder, you can restore it by following these steps. Open the “Recorder” program and click on “Recently Deleted.
To change the video format and frame rate:
- Go to “Settings” menu.
- Press “Camera” then “Video Recording.
- Choose the video format and frame rate you want from the list of options supported by this iPhone or iPad device.
Why the microphone does not work in the iPhone headphones?
If the microphone doesn’t work Make sure your headphones have a built-in microphone. Check if the microphone is blocked by small debris, lint or plastic wrap. Try plugging in a second pair of headphones to see if it needs to be replaced.
What is worth trying first
- Cover the proximity sensor with your finger.
- Clean the speaker.
- Turn up the volume.
- The network is overloaded.
- Ask for a call back.
- The sound is too quiet.
- I heard a strange noise: noise, crackling.
- The smartphone says “do not close the speaker”
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There are other solutions to the problem with the microphone, they are very simple. Try not to cover the microphone with your fingers while holding the iPhone while talking or recording videos. Remove any protective film or cover that may be covering the iPhone microphone. Remove any dirt from the microphone. All of these may be considered trivial, but they can still work and should not be forgotten.
To determine if the problem is related to the device’s microphone and not the mobile data connection or the app being used, we must Try each microphone separately. On the iPhone XR, we have a microphone on the front and the bottom, connected to the Lightning port. Before testing the microphones, we must make sure that the mobile is not connected to headphones (wired or wireless).
To test the main microphone, located on the bottom of the iPhone XR, we open the Voice Notes app and click the recording icon. At this time we must speak into the microphone and press the play icon To listen to the recording. If all goes well, we can hear our voice clearly.
To check the front microphone, we open the Camera app and we recorded a video with the front camera, When we play the video we should be able to hear our voice clearly. If during a phone call your voice sounds very weak, we must make sure that the back microphone is not closed or obstructed.
How to increase the headphone microphone volume on your iPhone?
If you can hear the person you are talking to on your iPhone, but they can’t hear you. this is most likely due to a malfunction of the microphone, which is on the bottom. It could be clogged with dust, or it could just be out of order. So you can try cleaning the mesh that is near the charging jack.
Go to “Settings” “Sounds” (or “Settings” “Sounds, Tactile Signals”) and drag the “Rings and Warnings” slider back and forth several times.
Do a full reset and restore your device from the backup
The most drastic way to solve iOS problems is to do a full reset. To perform this operation, users need to go to Settings. Basic. Reset. Erase Content and Settings.
It is worth remembering that in this case all data and settings will be deleted from the device. Therefore, before a full reset, you should definitely make a backup with which you can restore the information later.