iPhone Ringer Not Working? Here’s The Real Fix!

If you’re constantly on the move or super busy throughout the day, you know how important it is to hear texts and calls when they come through. However, even though you double-checked to make sure your ringer is on, you’re still missing calls! In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPhone ringer is not working!

First, Check The Basics

While this may seem like a no-brainer, check to make sure the Ring / Silent switch on the side of your iPhone is pulled toward the display. If it’s pushed towards the back, your iPhone is set on silent. Pull it forward to set it to ring.

Once you’re sure that it is set to ring, make sure the volume is turned up. You can do this in Settings or by using the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone.

If you want to use the volume buttons to adjust the volume, make sure the volume bar that comes on the screen says Ringer when you press them. If it says Volume, head to Settings to adjust the ringer volume.

ios 13 change with buttons

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Make sure “Change with Buttons” is switched on.
  4. You can use the volume bar on the screen to adjust the ringer volume or the volume buttons now.

Turn Off Do Not Disturb

If your ringer is on, but Do Not Disturb is also turned on, you won’t receive notifications for calls or texts. The easiest way to know if your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode is by looking for the moon in the upper right-hand corner of the display.

If you have an iPhone X or newer, you’ll know see moon icon when you open Control Center.

do not disturb icon control center

To turn off Do Not Disturb, open Settings and tap Do Not Disturb. If the switch is turned on like above, Do Not Disturb is on. You can tap the switch to turn it off.

You can also turn off Do Not Disturb in Control Center by tapping on the moon icon. You’ll know Do Not Disturb is on when the icon is lit up in Control Center.

toggle do not disturb in control center

Disconnect From Bluetooth

It’s possible that your iPhone is connected to a Bluetooth device and that your calls and texts are ringing there. To disconnect it, do this:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Check to see if you’re connected to any devices.
  4. If you are, tap on blue i to its right.
  5. Tap Disconnect.

disconnect a bluetooth device

Reset All Settings

If none of the above worked for you, let’s try to reset all settings. This will reset everything in the Settings app back to factory defaults, which can often fix a deeper software issue. To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset All Settings.

how to reset all the settings on your iphone

iPhone Repair Options

If even this doesn’t work, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. Check out our article on what do do if your iPhone speaker stops working or how to fix an iPhone that is stuck in headphone mode.

If it’s something serious, you might have to take it to Apple to be repaired. You can make an appointment at your nearest Apple Genius Bar. Another great iPhone repair option is Puls, a company that will send a certified technician directly to you!

If you have an older iPhone with a broken speaker, you may want to consider upgrading. Newer iPhones have amazing stereo speakers. Check out the UpPhone comparison tool to compare the latest phones!

Can You Hear Me Now?

Hopefully, now that you’ve reached the end of this article, your iPhone ringer is working again! You’ll never miss another important call or text again. If you have any extra questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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1 month ago

I couldn’t figure out why my phone wouldn’t ring. I’d prefer to have a rotary phone but I’d also prefer to be the age I was when I had a rotary phone. Thanks for solving my problem — the side button was pushed to the back instead of toward the screen. Who knew? Now I do!

1 month ago

I had to resurrect an old iPhone after my “new” one died. Everything worked except the ringer. I could play ringtones but when the phone received a call, all it did was vibrate. None of the obvious approaches worked, but going into the assistive touch subsection showed it was somehow muted. Problem fixed. THANK YOU!

2 months ago

I did everything described, but the ringer is still off😭

Amy Perna
7 months ago

There is no sounds and haptics options anymore