iOS 15: Headphones Not Working on iPhone? Fix!


Are your headphones not working after iOS 15 update? You are not alone! In this post, we’ll explain why your headphones are not working and show you how you can get your iPhone’s earphones working correctly again.

Problems with the earphones on iPhone aren’t as uncommon as you may think. It happens to a lot of users and can be extremely frustrating, especially for those who regularly listen to music, and so on.

This post will guide you through five fixes that will, hopefully, solve the problem of headphones not working after iOS 15 update.

The tips on this article applies to iPhone13, iPhone12, iPhone 11, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 6s.

Without any further delay, let’s jump into it.

Make sure your headphones aren’t broken

The first step when you find your iPhone’s headphones not working after iOS update is an obvious one. It’s quite possible that the earphones are the problem. You can check this out quickly just by plugging them into another device. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an iPhone. An iPad, iPod, or any other Apple device that has a lightening jack onboard will do.

If you can’t hear any audio when using your headphones with a different Apple device, you’ve found the source of the problem. Just replace your headphones and you’re good to go. If they’re working fine with a different Apple device, something else is to blame. Time to try out one of the other fixes listed below.

Check to see if the iPhone is connected to a different device via Bluetooth

If your iPhone is paired with wireless headphones, a speaker, or any other device via Bluetooth, it’s possible that the headphone jack is disabled. Normally, when you plug in your headphones, the iPhone should recognize them and everything should work as intended regardless of the Bluetooth settings. However, this isn’t necessarily always the case.

It’s a quick and easy fix, as all you have to do is open up the settings app on your iPhone, find the Bluetooth option, and check to see if it’s on. In that case, the iPhone is likely paired with one of the other devices you have in your house. If that’s the problem, just turn it off, plug in your headphones, and see if that solves it. If they still don’t work, you should move on to the next solution on this list.

Clean the headphone jack

As you can imagine, a lot of dust, as well as lint, can make its way into the headphone jack over time. This just might be the cause of the problem, as the dirt can actually block the connection between the headphones and the jack.
If your headphones are not working after iOS 15 update, simply take a look into the jack to see just how dirty it really is. A flashlight might come in handy for this. The next step is to try and clean it and hope that that solves the issue. There are a lot of different ways to do this, some of which work better than others. One option is simply to blow into the headphone jack, which should take care of at least some of the dust and lint that’s found inside. You can also use a can of compressed air if you have one nearby.

A great option is to use a cotton swab. Push it into the jack and swirl it around a little bit to get the dust and lint out. Be very careful when you do this, as the last thing you want to do is cause any more damage to the device. You can also damp the cotton swab with rubbing alcohol, but just make sure you don’t use too much of it.

After you’re done, look into the headphone jack again to see just how much dust and lint you were able to get out. If things look better, plug in your headphones to check if everything works as it should now.

Check audio settings and restart the device

There’s also a chance the problem isn’t with the jack or the headphones you’re using but has to do with the audio settings of the device. If this is the case, you’ll be able to sort it out in no time. Just adjust the volume with the volume buttons on your iPhone or use the Volume slider in Control Center on your phone.

If everything seems to be in order but your headphones are not working, there’s another simple fix you can try which is restarting your device. This can sometimes solve loads of different iPhone-related problems and takes less than a minute to do. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down. When the power off slider appears, drag it to the right to turn off the iPhone. Wait for the device to turn off completely before turning it back on again, and then check to see if the problem still persists.

Time to call Apple Support

If you’ve tried all the above solutions and your headphones are not working, it means that the problem isn’t quite as minor as hoped. If your iPhone is still under warranty, the best thing to do is simply contact Apple Support. Explain the problem to the company, and send it in for repair or replacement. This can take quite some time in some cases, but at least it’s free.

In case the warranty has expired you do have phone insurance. Just make a claim with your provider.

The third solution is definitely the worst one. You may have to get the device repaired by Apple or someone else who knows what he or she is doing. You’ll have to open up your wallet and pay up to get it fixed, but at least you’ll be able to use the headphones again. Otherwise, you could just opt for a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, which will also solve the problem. Well, sort of.

Headphones not working after iOS 15 update: Fixed!

These are some of the fixes that we hope will help you take care of a faulty iPhone headphones. Have you faced headphones problem after iOS 15 update? Drop a comment and let us know.

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