The volume buttons on your iPhone won’t work and you don’t know why. Sounds are playing too soft or too loud and it’s starting to get frustrating. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone volume buttons are not working!
If the volume buttons on your iPhone suddenly stop working there might be some major hardware problem into your iPhone.
Are The Buttons Stuck, Or Can You Press Them Down?
Here are the first questions you have to ask yourself when your iPhone volume buttons are not working:
- Can you press the buttons down, but nothing happens on the screen?
- Are the buttons stuck down so you can’t press them at all?
Each problem has a unique set of troubleshooting steps, so I’ll break this article down by addressing scenario one first, and scenario two second.
I Can Press Down The Volume Buttons, But Nothing Happens!
If you can still press down the volume buttons, you may be in luck! Even though nothing happens when you press down the volume buttons, this could be the result of a software problem. Follow the troubleshooting steps below to diagnose and fix the real reason why your iPhone volume buttons are not working!
Your iPhone volume button not working? It may have a possibility that the software might have crashed and it has frozen your iPhone. So, when you use the volume buttons on your iPhone and they aren’t working. When you do the hard reset the iPhone will be forced to turn off and back on which will also unfreeze the iPhone and the volume buttons issue might be solved.
There are different ways to hard reset your iPhone based on the new models:
iPhone 6 and Older: Press the power button and home button simultaneously and hold it until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus: Press the power button and the volume button and hold it simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
iPhone 8 and Newer: Press and release the volume up button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
Put Your iPhone Into DFU Mode
A DFU restore is the deepest type of restore you can perform on an iPhone. The “F” in DFU restore stands for firmware, the programming on your iPhone that controls its hardware. If the volume buttons aren’t working, putting your iPhone in DFU mode could fix the problem.
Refer to this guide to DFU restore your iPhone.
My iPhone Volume Buttons Are Stuck Down!
Unfortunately, if the volume buttons are completely stuck, there’s not much you can do. A lot of the time, cheap rubber cases can jam the buttons on your iPhone. Try taking the case off of your iPhone and pressing the volume buttons again.
If they’re still jammed, you’ll probably have to get your iPhone repaired.
A Temporary Fix For Stuck Volume Buttons
If the volume buttons are stuck and you can’t get your iPhone repaired anytime soon, you can use AssistiveTouch! AssistiveTouch puts a virtual button on your iPhone’s display which has a lot of the same functionality as the physical buttons.
To turn on AssistiveTouch, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch. Turn on the switch next to AssistiveTouch — the virtual button will appear.
To use AssistiveTouch as a volume button, tap the virtual button and tap Device. You’ll see an option to adjust the volume up or down, just like you can do with functional volume buttons!
Repairing The Volume Buttons
If the volume buttons still won’t work after you’ve performed a DFU restore, you’ll probably have to get your iPhone repaired. On early iPhone, broken volume buttons weren’t too big of a deal because all they did was adjust the volume. Now, volume buttons are much more important because they’re used to take screenshots on iPhone X and hard reset the iPhone 7, 8, and X.
Set up an appointment at the Apple Store near you and see what they can do for you. They’ll fix the broken volume buttons on-the-spot and cover the repair with a lifetime warranty.
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