Using FaceTime is convenient for keeping up with friends and family, but when you hear an echo of your own voice instead of your friend’s, it can be frustrating. If you’re experiencing an echo on your iPhone, but aren’t sure why it’s happening, don’t worry — it’s a more common issue than it sounds! In this article, we’ll tell you why your iPhone is echoing and how to fix it.
Why Is My iPhone Echoing?
“Feedback” is the echo you experience during phone or FaceTime calls. Your voice is coming out of the speaker on their phone and then going into the microphone, causing the echo. This is common when both people are on speakerphone, so we recommend turning off speaker or asking the other person to mute themselves while you talk, as a quick fix. You could also ask them to use headphones.
If this doesn’t work, then it could be a software problem, hardware issue, or something might be wrong with your phone carrier.
Check Your Reception
If your iPhone is echoing while you’re on a phone call, it might be the result of poor service. With a weak connection, lag and other service issues like echoing can occur during phone or video calls. Try moving to a spot with better service to see if that fixes the echo.
If service issues are common for you, considering switching to a carrier with better coverage in your area! If you’re interested, we have a coverage map to help you find a carrier that better suits your needs.
Restart Your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone will refresh your phone’s software and could fix the echo. To restart an iPhone X or later, simultaneously hold down one of the Volume buttons and the Power button until the Slide to Power Off slider appears on your screen.
If your iPhone has a Home button, hold down the Power button until the slider is displayed.
Check For A Carrier Settings Update
A carrier settings update is used by Apple or your phone’s provider to upgrade your device’s software so it can better connect to the wireless network. To check if there’s an update, open Settings and then select General. From here, click About and if there’s an update available, a pop-up will appear on your screen. Simply click Update to start the process.
Eject And Reinsert SIM Card
Ejecting and reinserting your SIM card can fix cellular issues on your phone, and could solve the echo. Your SIM card is responsible for access to your wireless network. Your SIM card tray is located on the side of the iPhone, underneath the Power button.
Ejecting a SIM card from your iPhone can be tricky since the area is so small, but the Apple store provides a SIM card ejector tool. If you’re on a time crunch and don’t want to purchase the ejector tool, using the back of an earring or a paperclip will also work! Check out our video on how to remove your SIM card for more information on how to do this safely.
Reset Network Settings
If your iPhone is still echoing, the next troubleshooting step is to reset your phone’s network settings. This will fix the deeper software issues in your device that might be causing the echo.
To perform the reset, open Settings and tap General -> Reset. Then, tap Reset Network Settings. Your iPhone will ask for your passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID before performing the reset.
DFU Restore Your iPhone
DFU Mode erases and resets all of your phone’s software and hardware settings. We recommend backing up your phone’s information first to protect your data. Check out our article that details how to restore any iPhone with DFU Mode for more information.
Contact Apple Or Your Wireless Carrier
If the troubleshooting options we’ve supplied haven’t solved the echo on your iPhone, then our next recommendation is to contact Apple or your wireless carrier. Since the echo hasn’t gone away, chances are there’s a bigger issue with your phone that an expert will need to fix, so contacting them is the best option.
To reach Apple, head to this page to set up an appointment or chat with an expert online. To contact your carrier, refer to the phone number on their website and check out our article for tips on how to fix your iPhone through your carrier.
No More Echo On Your iPhone!
After reading this article, you know why this issue happens and how you can fix it. Whether this means restarting your phone or asking your friend to mute themselves, the echo is gone and now you can use your phone the way it was intended. We hope this article was helpful. Please leave comments below with any questions or suggestions. Thanks for reading!