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iPhone 7 (Plus) Is Stuck on Headphone Mode. Here's the Fix!

Blake Sullivan Updated on Jun 23, 2022 4:06 PM

One particularly frustrating fact about your iPhone 7 (Plus) stuck in headphone mode is that there are no inserted headphones or USB cable in the lightening port – Apple has ditched the 3.5 mm headphone jack in an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Actually, there are still other existed occasions resulting in showing headphones volume indicator mistakenly on the screen all the time, which we'll cover later. The good news is that, this post here will undertake the mission to let iPhone 7 (Plus) come out of headphone mode and take it back to normal.

What Causes iPhone 7 (Plus) Stuck in Headphone Mode

This can happen due to the bugs or errors associated with software on your device, like incomplete operating system update, corrupted settings, etc. Moreover, faulty hardware also will send the mistaken electrical signals to the lightening port, leaving iPhone 7 (Plus) stuck on headphone mode.

We'll get started with eliminating every possibility of software glitches to restore iPhone 7 (Plus) out of stuck headphone mode, followed by the tips to deal with hardware damages.

Rule out Software Glitches: 5 Tricks

Should you've removed the phone case and plugging the headphones in and out several times while the Volume function is still out of work, try to resolve the software-related problems first for turning off headphone mode in iPhone 7 (Plus).

1. Restart iPhone 7 (Plus)

A quick first step is to reboot the device. This action could essentially refresh the phone memory and clear out any bugs that may cause your iPhone 7 (Plus) to stuck in headphone mode.

  • On iPhone 7 (Plus), press and hold the Side button until the power off slider shows up.
  • Drag the slider to turn off the device, then wait 30 seconds.
  • Press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears to turn your device back on.

Why iPhone 7 (Plus) Stuck in Headphone Mode

Tips: A force-restart is required if your handset has a frozen screen or doesn't respond: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Volume Down button until the Apple logo displays.

If this doesn't work, scroll down to the next solution.

2. Advanced Fix - iOS System Recovery Utility

Your iPhone 7 (Plus) still won't perform as it should? Instead of rushing to factory reset your device, consider using iOS System Recovery to get the issue fixed at once. It utilizes a smart engine of detection and powerful troubleshooting ability to quickly fix stuck headphone mode in iPhone 7 (Plus), with whether a locked screen, smashed screen or other unexpected damages.

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Guide to get your iPhone 7 (Plus) out of headphone mode

This is pretty straightforward: Simply connect your iPhone to the computer, follow the on-screen hints and finally, click "Fix". Then the software will take care of the rest, with all data preserved.

Step 1: Launch the tool and connect your iPhone 7 (Plus) to the computer

Once the software is installed, open it, and hook up your iPhone device to the computer with a USB cable.

When the device connected, click More tools lying on the bottom left corner of the window.

Next, select the mode that says "iOS System Recovery" to continue.

iPhone 7 Plus Get Locked from Headphones Mode

From the next screen, you'll be greeted by the list of the problems that the program could fix. Just click Start button to go on.

Step 2: Choose "Standard Mode"

Next up, choose the green Fix button.

Then, you should see two options on the window: Standard Mode (selected by default) and Advanced Mode. Keep Standard Mode checked and press Confirm button to go on.

iPhone 7 Plus Stuck in Headphone Mode, Speaker Not Working

Step 3: Download firmware package

Then you'll see a screen that looks like the one below, from where you can view and search firmware files for optimizing your current iPhone 7 (Plus).

Select the firmware, then set a path where it should go. If confirmed, click Next button.

Now, it will set about downloading the firmware and saving it on your computer.

Step 4: Get headphone mode unstuck in iPhone 7 (Plus)

When the downloading process finishes, click Fix button to trigger the repairing procedure to fix an iPhone 7 (Plus) with stuck headphone mode and bring it back to the healthy status.

That's there is it! Now your iPhone 7 (Plus) should go back into the normal "Volume" mode.

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3. Check iPhone Audio Settings

If you've just done a recent iOS update, there's a good chance that the default audio settings have been changed improperly, only to find that your iPhone 7 (Plus) locked in the headphones mode. Follow our detailed directions to put them back to the normal state.

Tweak Sounds & Haptics Settings:

  • On iPhone 7 (Plus), go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.
  • Select Ringtone option.

In the resulting screen, try different ringtones and check if your speakers and sound work for tunes.

Configure Accessibility Settings:

Pro tips: If you encounter that your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus gets stuck in headphone mode during making a call or FaceTime audio, this can be the magic fix.

  • Open Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Call Audio Routing.
  • Select Automatic.

Once everything done, you can make a call to your friend and see if your speaker works rightly.

Tips: If the Automatic is selected by default, choose Speaker as an audio destination for calls and then call your friend to check out the speaker's function.

4. Configure Airplane Mode Settings

With Bluetooth keeping ON, your iPhone handset is most likely to have been paired with previous Bluetooth accessories without sending any notification to you. To eliminate such bug and solve iPhone 7 (Plus) in headphone mode, just turn on and off Airplane mode.

  • Swipe up from the iPhone 7 (Plus) bottom to open Control Center, then tap .
  • Wait for a while, then tap the Airplane Mode icon again to turn it off.

Now, play a song and adjust the Volume button to check if your iPhone 7 (Plus) corrects itself back to "Volume" mode.

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5. Connect Bluetooth Device

One another workable way to get iPhone 7 (Plus) off headphone mode is to remove the given command. For this, pairing your device with a Bluetooth Device really comes in handy. Check this How-to-Guide or just follow the below instructions to do it:

  • Set the Bluetooth device in discovery mode by following the included instructions.
  • Unlock your iPhone 7 (Plus), and go to Settings > Bluetooth, then enable Bluetooth.
  • Locate the Devices list, tap the target device to connect.

Once connected, play a song or video on your phone and then turn Bluetooth off to see if your iPhone 7 (Plus) is free from headphone mode.

Troubleshoot Hardware Damage (3 Tips)

If the fixes for software issues mentioned above don't help and your iPhone 7 (Plus) still gets stuck in headphone, identifying the hardware culprits is your next vital step.

1. Clean up Lightning Port

It's a common case that debris resided inside the lightning port makes your iPhone thinks you've still connected to the headphones. To deal with it, we've collected several handy ways to remove the dirt and get iPhone 7 (Plus) out of headphone mode. It's advisable to proceed carefully with below options to avoid any damage to the port.

  • Get a BIC pen or Q-tip gently dig into the port and twist it to loosen the stuck dirt.
  • Prepare a can of compressed air to blow out the debris from the charging dock.
  • Put an anti-static brush (or soft toothbrush) into the port and move slowly to push away the dust.
  • (Be Careful) Using thin tweezers to remove the inner extra residues.

If all efforts fail to fix the iPhone 7 (Plus) in stuck headphone mode, move on to the next option.

2. Check out Water Damage

Your iPhone 7 (Plus) can stay in headphone mode if it's exposed to the moisture for a long time or damaged by water. At this point, dry your handset thoroughly and instantly. You can softly insert a cotton or cloth via a Q-tip to remove all the trapped water. Also, from Apple's Discussion Website, some users who have run into the same issue on stuck iPhone 7 (Plus) headphone mode find success with throwing their devices into a sack of rice.

If it's seriously water-damaged or broken, you will need a repair for headphone jack from local Apple Store.

3. Physical Damage

If your iPhone 7 (Plus) still shows with headphones plugged in, there may be a physical problem on the small IC board to disable the normal Volume mode. It may trouble you a lot to pull out the part and repair it on your own without any assistance of technology knowledge. Hence, we recommend that you can turn to Apple's Support for inner inspection.

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