Your iPhone 8 Plus is not ringing and you don’t know why. You’re starting to miss important calls, texts, and more! In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone won’t ring and I’ll show you exactly how to fix it.
Troubleshooting iPhone 8 that Does Not Ring When Called
It is indeed a big trouble if your iPhone does not ring when getting phone calls. If you did not set your iPhone 8 to Mute, then there might be other factors that halted your iPhone 8 to produce sound when called.
These are the ISSUES that we are going to fix in this post:
- iPhone 8 not playing any notification sounds.
- iPhone 8 not ringing when receiving calls.
- Notification sounds muted.
- iPhone 8 ringer not working.
- iPhone 8 vibrates but makes no sound on alerts.
How To Fix An iPhone 8 Plus That’s Not Ringing
Check The Ring / Silent Switch On Your iPhone 8
You can use the Ring / Silent switch to quickly toggle your iPhone 8 ringer on or off. If the switch is flipped to the Silent side, your iPhone 8 won’t ring.
How Do I Check The Ring / Silent Switch On Your iPhone 8
Examine the Ring / Silent switch on the left-hand side of your iPhone.
If the switch is pulled towards the back of your iPhone and you see a small orange line, your iPhone 8 is on silent.
To turn the ringer on, pull the Ring / Silent switch towards the front of your iPhone 8.
Make Sure Do Not Disturb Is Turned Off
Most of the time, the reason an iPhone isn’t ringing for incoming calls is that the user has accidentally turned on the Do Not Disturb feature in Settings. Do Not Disturb silences calls, alerts, and notifications on your iPhone.
How Do I Know If Do Not Disturb Is Turned On?
The easiest way to tell if Do Not Disturb is turned on is to look in the upper right hand corner of your iPhone, just to the left of the battery icon. If Do Not Disturb is enabled, you’ll see a small moon icon there.
If you’d like to dive deeper into Do Not Disturb and set up an automatic schedule, instance, head to Settings -> Do Not Disturb to see all the options available to you.
How Do I Turn Off Do Not Disturb?
Ever since Apple released iOS 7, it’s been easy to turn Do Not Disturb on and off. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center. Tap the moon icon to turn Do Not Disturb on or off. That’s it!
This can vary for different iOS versions. If you have an iPhone X or newer, open Control Center by swiping down from the upper right-hand corner of the home screen.
You can also turn off Do Not Disturb by going to Settings -> Do Not Disturb and turning off the switch next to Do Not Disturb. You’ll know Do Not Disturb is off when the switch is white.
Turn iPhone Ringer Volume All The Way Up
Even if you’re hearing other sounds on your iPhone, your iPhone may not be ringing because the ringer volume can be set independently from the volume of the other sounds your iPhone. So while the rest of the sounds your iPhone makes may be getting louder because you are turning up the volume of your iPhone, your ringer volume may be stuck on nothing — or very, very low.
How Do I Turn iPhone Ringer Volume All The Way Up?
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Sounds & Haptics.
- Use your finger to move the slider all the way to the right to turn your ringer volume all the way up.
- If you want to use the volume buttons on the left side of your iPhone to turn up the ringer volume, make sure the switch next you Change with Buttons is turned on. You’ll know the switch is on when it is green.
Turn Off “Silence Unknown Callers”
One reason why you have an iPhone ringing problem may be because your block unknown callers feature is turned on. This feature is great for stopping telemarketers and robocalls in their tracks, but unfortunately it also filters out some people that you actually do want to talk to.
To turn this off, head over to Settings -> Phone and then switch off Silence Unknown Callers. Once you’ve done that, your phone should be able to ring again when someone who isn’t in your contacts tries to call you.
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Look For Debris In Your iPhone’s Charging Port
If you’ve made it this far and your iPhone isn’t ringing, there’s a good chance you may have a hardware problem.
Often times, when gunk or liquid gets into one of the ports (like the headphone jack or lightning / dock connector), your iPhone thinks there’s something plugged into it, when in fact there isn’t. My article about how to fix an iPhone that’s stuck in headphone mode explains why that happens and how to fix the problem.
It’s a long shot, but you can take an antistatic brush (or toothbrush you’ve never used before) and try to brush out the gunk from your headphone jack or lightning / dock connector port. Antistatic brushes are helpful for cleaning all sorts of electronics, and you can pick up a 3-pack on Amazon for less than $5.
Repair Your iPhone With Apple
Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions.
Visit Apple’s website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don’t have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away.