iPhone 12 mini Not Ringing? Here’s the fix

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iPhone 12 mini

If your iPhone 12 mini won’t ring, it may be a volume or settings issue that can be easily resolved.

If you find iPhone 12 mini ringer not working, you should first try fixes like checking the volume and turning off Do Not Disturb or Silent mode.
Consider restarting your iPhone or having it serviced as a final step to fix your iPhone.

If your iPhone 12 mini isn’t ringing properly, there may be several reasons why.

Before you attempt to service your iPhone 12 mini for ringer issues, check that your iPhone doesn’t have Do Not Disturb Mode enabled or that it’s not stuck in headphone mode.

You should also make sure that your iPhone 12 mini isn’t on Silent, you haven’t blocked any numbers, and that any custom ringtones are working properly.

iPhone 12 mini not ringing on incoming calls? Fix

Here are a few tips on how to fix your iPhone 12 mini if it’s not ringing.

Turn off Do Not Disturb mode

If your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode, incoming calls won’t ring and they’ll go straight to voicemail. When enabled, there’s a crescent moon icon in your status bar. If you see it, here’s how to disable Do Not Disturb mode.

Step 1: Swipe down from the top right of your Home screen to launch control center.

Step 2: If the Do Not Disturb button – which looks like a quarter moon – is highlighted, tap it to disable the feature.

Pro tip: Some calls can get through Do Not Disturb mode on iOS if you set up exceptions for specific phone numbers.

Check that your iPhone isn’t stuck in headphone mode

It’s possible that your iPhone 12 mini is “stuck” in a mode in which it thinks it’s playing the ringtone, but it’s sending it to a device that isn’t connected, like earbuds that aren’t plugged in or a Bluetooth device that isn’t turned on.

Here are a few things you can try to “wake up” your iPhone 12 mini audio connection so it’s working properly:

Plug earbuds into your phone and remove them again to coax the phone into recognizing there are no earbuds plugged in.
Make sure you’re not connected to another audio device by swiping down from top right on the screen to display the Control Center. Then tap the Airplay icon in the music pane – it looks like a triangle with three circles – and if anything other than the iPhone is selected, choose the iPhone.
Enable and disable Airplane mode by tapping the airplane icon in the Control Center.

See if any custom ringtones aren’t working

If iPhone 12 mini won’t ring for a specific caller and that person isn’t blocked, then check to see if it’s a custom ringtone you assigned to them that isn’t working.

Follow the steps below to remove a custom ringtone before resetting the tone for a contact.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on Your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on “Sounds & Haptics.”

Step 3: Choose “Ringtone.”

Step 4: Locate the tone you want to delete from the Ringtones list before swiping left on it.

Step 5: Tap the red “Delete” icon that appears to delete the ringtone.

Step 6: Go back to your contact and assign a different ringtone to their profile.

Make sure the number isn’t blocked on your iPhone

iOS offers users the ability to block specific phone numbers , which is handy if you get a lot of telemarketing and other spam phone calls. To make sure you didn’t inadvertently block an important number, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: scroll down and tap “Phone.”

Step 3: Tap “Call Blocking and Identification.”

Step 4: In the list of blocked calls, see if you have accidentally blocked any numbers. To unblock it, swipe it to the left and tap “Unblock.”

Make sure silence unknown callers is turned off

The Silence Unknown Callers feature silences unfamiliar callers, automatically sending them to voicemail. Perfect for handling robocalls and the like however, it might be the reason why your iPhone 12 mini is not ringing. Here is how to turn it off:
Launch Settings and tap Phone. Then, scroll down and disable Silence Unknown Callers.

Ensure your iPhone isn’t on Silent

Make sure that your iPhone 12 mini Ring/Silent switch isn’t in the Silent position. It should, of course, be flipped up toward the screen. If it’s down (with a band of red visible) it’s set to silent, and might have accidentally been bumped into that position.

Pro tip: You can find your iPhone 12 mini Ring/Silent switch on the left side of the phone, above the volume controls.

Increase your iPhone volume

It’s possible the phone’s volume is too low to hear it ringing. To fix iPhone 12 mini volume issue, press the Volume up button on the left side of the phone until you can hear something.

You can then test if your iPhone 12 mini ringer is not working by playing music or a video. If you hear noise, the issue is low ringer volume, not your ringer not working.

Restart your iPhone

If you find your iPhone 12 mini not ringing when called after performing the above steps, consider restarting or force-restarting your Device. This should be a last resort step when your iPhone runs into software bugs that cause the phone to run slowly or wonky, including if its sound or ringer has stopped working. Please follow these steps:

Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

See also: iPhone keyboard, Notifications and Lock Sound Volume Low? Fix

Get your iPhone serviced

If your iPhone 12 mini will not ring after performing the above troubleshooting tricks, you probably have a hardware problem with your Device, like a damaged speaker or a fried port.

You can head to Apple’s support page and set up a Genius Bar reservation to have someone look at it in person.

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