How to Unmute iPhone in Silent Mode

March 7, 2024
David Sunnyside

Silent mode mutes ringtones and notification alerts so that you can concentrate. However, if you use the iPhone to watch videos or listen to music, these don’t automatically turn off when the phone is in silent mode. You can control the volume for individual videos and music by using the physical buttons or adjusting the volume slider within the app that is playing the content.

You can also turn off haptic feedback on your device by opening the Settings app, tapping “Sounds,” and turning off the toggle for haptic feedback in the “Ringer & Alerts” section. You can also change ringer and alert volume in the “Sounds & Haptics” section of the Settings app if the option isn’t available in Control Center.

When you’re on the go, you can quickly and easily mute your iPhone with its switch located above the volume buttons on the left side of the phone. Just flip the switch to mute, and it will show a band of orange when active. You can also mute notifications from individual apps by swiping left on them, selecting the options, and then choosing to mute the notifications for an hour or a day. This will send them to Notification Center and prevent them from appearing on the Lock screen, playing a sound, or lighting up the display.

Sometimes, the mute switch can get stuck on or off due to dirt or gunk on the iPhone’s slider or nooks and crannies. You can try gently banging your iPhone screen-side up against your palm, with the hand that’s closest to the mute switch, to help reactivate it. If this doesn’t work, your iPhone may have a hardware issue that needs service.

David Sunnyside
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