My iPhone Microphone Is Not Working! Here’s The Fix.

You’re sitting in your office, waiting for a phone call from your boss. When she finally calls, you say “Hello?”, only to be met with, “Hey, I can’t hear you!” “Oh no,” you think to yourself, “my iPhone’s microphone is broken.”

Luckily, this is a relatively common problem with iPhones new and old. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone microphone is not working and walk you step-by-step through how to fix an iPhone mic.

First, Test And Inspect Your iPhone’s Microphone

The first thing you should do when your iPhone’s microphone stops working is to test it using different apps. This is because your iPhone has three microphones: one on the back for recording video audio, one on the bottom for speakerphone calls and other voice recordings, and one in the earpiece for phone calls.

Locating your iPhone's microphones.

How Do I Test The Microphones On My iPhone?

To test the front and rear microphones, shoot two quick videos: one using the front camera and one using the rear camera and play them back. If you hear audio in the videos, the video’s respective microphone is working fine.

To test the bottom microphone, launch the Voice Memos app and record a new memo by pressing the large red button at the center of the screen.

use voice memos to test iPhone mic

Close Any Apps That Have Access To Microphone

It’s possible that an app which has access to Microphone is causing the problem. That app may have crashed, or Microphone may be active within the app. You can see which apps have access to Microphone by going to Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone.

which apps have access to microphone

Open the app switcher to close your apps. If your iPhone has Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the center of the screen. If your iPhone doesn’t have Face ID, double-press the Home button. Then, swipe your apps up and off the top of the screen.

Clean The Microphone

If you find that one of your iPhone’s microphones sounds muffled after you test it or it has no sound at all, let’s clean them. My favorite way to clean iPhone microphones is by using a dry, un-used toothbrush to clean the microphone grill at the bottom of your iPhone and the small black dot microphone to the right of the rear-facing camera. Simply slide the toothbrush over the microphones to dislodge any stuck pocket lint, dirt, and dust.

Cleaning an iPhone microphone with a toothbrush.

You can also use compressed air to clean your iPhone’s microphones. If you take this route, however, make sure to spray gently and far away from the microphones themselves. Compressed air can damage microphones if sprayed at too close of a proximity — so start by spraying from a distance and move closer if you need to.

Make sure to test your iPhone’s microphone again after cleaning. If you find that your iPhone microphone still is not working, move onto the next step.

My iPhone Microphone Still Isn’t Working!

The next step is to reset your iPhone’s settings. This won’t erase any content (except for Wi-Fi passwords), but will set all of your iPhone’s settings back to factory default, erasing bugs that may be causing your microphones to not respond. I highly recommend backing up your phone before erasing your iPhone’s settings.

How Do I Reset My iPhone’s Settings?

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap the General option.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap the Reset button.
  3. Tap the Reset All Settings button at the top of the screen and confirm that you would like to reset all settings. Your phone will now reboot.

how to reset all the settings on your iphone

Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode

A Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore is the last step you can take to rule out a software problem. This restore erases and rewrites every line of code on your iPhone, so it’s important to back it up first.

Check out our other article to learn how to put your iPhone DFU mode!

Bring Your iPhone In For Repair

If after cleaning your iPhone and resetting all settings you find that your iPhone’s microphone still isn’t working, it’s time to bring your iPhone in for repair. Be sure to check out my article on the best places to get your iPhone repaired for inspiration.

iPhone Microphone: Fixed!

Your iPhone microphone is fixed and you can start talking to your contacts again. We encourage you to share this article on social media to help your friends and family when their iPhone microphone is not working. If you have any other questions, leave a comment down below!

About Author

I'm Andrew Kunesh, a technology writer and IT professional from Chicago. My goal is to help you fix the many errors and problems your Apple devices may face. Thanks for checking out our work!

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Camargo
11 days ago

 
I have iPhone 7plus and it is clearly a software issue due to the recent updates with ios 14.2. I did all steps with the apple support and reset all me settings . Still not able to make calls or anything unless if I use AirPods.

Simon
13 days ago

I have the latest iOS 14.2 on iPad and some reason the memo app doesn’t pick me up as well as other apps that use mic …hoping it’s just a bug in this version and soon be fixed in next update

Labinot
15 days ago

Still have a problem with mic. On my iPhone 7

Simon
13 days ago
Reply to  Labinot

Has yours fixed yet ..I’m having issues too on iPad .no mic working ..hope it’s just a bug and fixed soon

Nvenka
18 days ago

I have 7plus and it is clearly a software issue due to the recent updates with ios 14 and above. The apple support is not ready to accept it. Any other solution to fix the issue of the Mic not working. Please let us know.

Nvenka
18 days ago

I have 7plus and it is clearly a software issue due to the recent updates with ios 14 and above. The apple support is not ready to accept it. Any other solution to fix the issue of the Mic not working. Please let us know.

alexis
1 month ago

i have an iphone 8 and no one can hear me when i call or record but my microphone somehow works for siri and my keyboard but for nothing else. i’ve tried everything and even voice memos cant hear anything

michael
2 months ago

i have an iphone 7. today morning i was playing music on my bluetooth speaker , then went to school and played some more music on my earpods with the lightning cable. the sound was coming from the bottom speaker, not the earpods. also when calling , i can hear nothing as well as they can not hear me. my phone wasnt damaged with water or anything. just normal daily use. please help

Alia
2 months ago
Reply to  michael

I have the exact same problem happend to me today morning

Juan
2 months ago
Reply to  michael

same did you fixed it?

Tendai
2 months ago

I can hear someone when speaking on loudspeaker during FaceTime but that person cannot hear me .But on voice calls without loud speaker we can talk clearly.I use a 6Splus

Anna
5 months ago

I have that kind of problem now

Jaydan Douglas
8 months ago

my iphonw works for some apps and facetime/calls but not for apps like houseparty and especially siri wich i use alot what do i do?

Gayle Wiggins
5 months ago
Reply to  Jaydan Douglas

Same here

Jazmine
9 months ago

my iphone 7+’s microphone stopped working out of nowhere yesterday. i was playing music in my headphones and the sound cut, but it wouldn’t continue. i shut my phone off and turned it back on and the sound started playing. but then it stopped again. now the only thing that works in that port is the charger

Lara
9 months ago
Reply to  Jazmine

Hi Jazmine, the same think happenes to me. It stopped working out of nowhere. I made an softwer update, thinking this was the problem and it really start working again for a few hours, than went to broke and now I am trying to fix it unssucesfully. Did you find any solution?

Audrius
8 months ago
Reply to  Jazmine

Same on sunday during call. Nothing can help, I have tried to reset, but nothing possitive happens. I gues it is kind of bug, but no update is avilable yet

Teodora
8 months ago
Reply to  Jazmine

Same here! Letøs hope it gets fixed

Patricia Elty
1 month ago
Reply to  Jazmine

Same here

Anonymous
2 years ago

My iphone 6s has a problem. When i turn on my mic in my pubgm my headset wont work and the sounds goes from the speaker and if i turned it off it goes back. How can i use my mic properly? Help please.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I am currently using iPhone 6, 16 GB and its current version is iOS 12 .I have a problem, when I make a calls people can’t hear me clearly. They hear me very faintly. But when I put it on speaker they can hear me better. Or when I talk directly into the bottom mic, it works decently. Besides if I use Facebook messenger, Viber, or some other app to make a call then all is well. My front facing camera is working fine, my rear facing camera is working fine, my voice memos is working fine. I have tried… Read more »

Anonymous
2 years ago

FB Messenger is not letting microphone work on video chat I phone 6 plus

Anonymous
2 years ago

Followed your steps and it fixed it. THANKS!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ive got a 2 week old iPhone 8 , where the bottom mic doesnt pic up peripheral sound. So people say they cant hear me unless the mic is near and infront of the mic.

Tested calls between iPhone 8 and 6 , the problem only occurs from sound originating from 8 , but oddly voice memo pics up all sound.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Have you heard of any issues with the iPhone 10 Apple Watch callers not hearing you speak when they call you but when you call them back they can then hear your voice & if you have have you any ideas on how to fix this issue as Im having this issue?