iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in

Not only the budget device users but the high-end Apple iPhone users too suffer from the well-known “stuck in the headphone mode” problem. This can happen in the most unexpected situations. Say you have a really urgent call to make or attend an important video conference. If this issue creeps up, you’ll be in a tight spot.

If your iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in even when they are not, then you are at the right place because, in this article, we are going to give you some quick fixes that can permanently or at least temporarily fix this problem for you.

These solutions are for iPhones, but you can follow them even if you are facing the headphone glitch using other Apple devices. Keep following all the solutions that we have explained here, and your iPhone should get back to work in no time.

iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in

Solution 1: Plug the connector in and out a few times

iPhones get stuck in the headphone mode sometimes due to improper contact between the connector and the audio jack. This is a very common problem that happens with almost every other device that comes with a headphone jack. 

The most simple way to solve this issue is to plug in and out the connector in the headphone jack a few times. Apply a nice amount of pressure to make sure that the connector is plugged in properly. 

Solution 2: Wipe the headphone jack clean

If plugging the connector in and out a few times doesn’t solve your problems, you can try cleaning the headphone jack. If you are using an old and rusty iPhone, then it may have collected a lot of dirt in its audio jack (and even the lightning port). Here are the three ways to clean it at your home:

Method 1: If you have an air can at your home, you can use it to blow away the collected dirt from the headphone jack. Simply point the nozzle of the can towards the headphone jack and fire it all you like!

Method 2: Alternatively, you can also use a cotton bud to clean it. You will also need a little bit of alcohol-based liquid cleaner. Just dip the cotton bud in the cleaner, let it dry up a bit so that it remains just moist. Then, use it to wipe the headphone jack clean.

Method 3: You can also try cleaning the audio jack with the help of a toothpick or a pin. Wrap a small piece of cello tape around the toothpick/pin in such a way that the sticky side of the cello tape faces outwards. Then, put it in the headphone jack and roll it a little inside so that it collects some dirt. Once done, take it out and discard it.

Solution 3: Disconnect wireless speakers by turning off Bluetooth

Connected Bluetooth headphones or speakers may sometimes give you the impression that some audio device is plugged into the headphone jack even when nothing is plugged in. If this is the case, try out these steps to disconnect any wireless music devices: 

Step 1: Open the settings application. 

Step 2: Tap on Bluetooth and turn it off. 

Doing this will disconnect wireless Bluetooth audio devices connected to your iPhone.

Solution 4: Switch the Airplane mode ON and OFF

This is another very simple way of getting rid of a lot of different problems. This is how you can put your iPhone in airplane mode: 

Step 1: Open the control center by swiping up from the bottom. 

Step 2: Tab the button with an airplane symbol inside it. 

You can also turn on the airplane mode from the settings app.

Solution 5: Use Lightning to 3.5 mm converter

You can purchase a lightning to 3.5 mm jack converter and plug it into the lightning port of your iPhone. Now, you can connect your wired headphones and listen to whatever you want. This does not get rid of your problem but lets you connect headphones to your device temporarily. 

Solution 6: Set the audio output options correctly

iPhones come with a feature that lets you decide where you want to play the audio or make phone calls from. This feature comes in real handy when you want to make phone calls from an iPhone stuck in the headphone mode and can’t seem to find a solution for the issue or even visit a service center. 

While this might not be the most viable solution, but it certainly works for a while. Follow these steps from start till the end to change the settings of the audio output:

Step 1: Open the Settings app again. 

Step 2: Tap on the accessibility settings.

Step 3: Here, open the touch icon to open up call routing settings.

You will find three options here: Automatic, Bluetooth headset, and Speaker.

Step 4: By default, the Automatic routing will be selected. Change it to activate speakers.

That’s all you have to do to route the audio from phone calls to speakers. You can also change the general audio routing settings for your iPhone from the control center. See the next two steps to switch general audio routing. 

Note that these steps are not required for making phone calls. You can make phone calls from your iPhone in speaker mode right after Step 4.

Step 5: Open the control center. 

Step 6: Find the Airplay option on the top right-hand side of the screen and use it to play all the audio from the iPhone’s built-in speakers.

Solution 7:  Visit the Apple store

If you have tried out the solutions that we explained in this troubleshooting guide, and still your problem persists, then you have no option but to visit an Apple Authorised Service Centre. The Apple Authorised personnel check your phone and let you know what needs to be done. 

While all the solutions that we have explained in this article work fine for minor problems with your iPhone, there are some other underlying problems that may have caused this glitch with the headphones. These issues can be related to physical damages like water splashes or exposure to shock, which may have caused permanent damage to your iPhone. 

If your device is under warranty or has an AppleCare plan, and no physical damages are found then you wouldn’t have to spend anything.

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