Why Does My iPhone Make A Static Noise? Here’s The Fix!

You’re making a phone call or listening to music, and your iPhone starts making static noises. Maybe the static is loud and constant, or maybe it only happens once in a while, but one thing’s for sure: It’s annoying. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone is making static noises and how to fix the problem for good.

Where Is The Static Coming From?

iPhone Earpiece and Bottom SpeakerStatic noises can come from either the earpiece or the speaker on the bottom of your iPhone. As advanced as they are, the basic technology behind your iPhone’s speakers hasn’t changed much since speakers were invented: Electric current flows into a thin material (called a diaphragm or membrane) that vibrates to create sound waves. In order to be able to vibrate, the material has to be very, very thin – and that makes it particularly susceptible to damage.

Why Is My iPhone Making Static Noises?

The first question we need to answer is this: Is my iPhone making static noises because of a hardware problem (the speaker has been physically damaged) or a software problem?

I won’t sugarcoat this: Most of the time, when an iPhone is making static noises, it means the speaker has been damaged. Unfortunately, a damaged speaker isn’t usually a problem that can be repaired at home – but don’t run off to the Apple Store just yet.

iPhone Speaker BottomThere are rare occasions where a serious software problem can cause an iPhone to make static noises. Your iPhone’s software controls every sound that plays on your iPhone, so when an iPhone’s software malfunctions, the speaker can too.

If your iPhone started making static noises after you dropped it or took it for a swim, there’s a very good chance the speaker has been physically damaged and your iPhone needs to be repaired. If your iPhone started making static noises and it isn’t damaged, it may have a software problem you can fix at home.

Why Is My iPhone 8 Speaker Making Static Noise?

Many people who purchased an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus have reported hearing a static noise coming from the earpiece of their iPhones during phone calls. There are a lot of small electronics crammed into the top of the iPhone 8 near the logic board.

Many electronics create electronic fields that can interfere with audio components of your iPhone 8, such as speakers. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Apple may release a new software update that fixes the iPhone 8 static noise issue.

How To Fix Software Problems That Lead To iPhone Static Noises

The sure-fire way to determine whether a hardware or software problem is causing your iPhone to make static noises is to restore your iPhone. If you go to an Apple Store, a tech will always try to fix the software before repairing or replacing your iPhone. An iPhone Restore erases and reloads all the software on your iPhone, so the software is as new as when it came out of the box.

To restore your iPhone, you’ll need to connect it to a computer with iTunes. Make sure you back up your iPhone before you begin, because the restore process erases everything on your iPhone, including your personal data. You can restore your data from a backup when you set it up again.

There are three types of restores, and I recommend doing a DFU restore to attempt to solve this issue. It’s the deepest type of restore, and if this is a problem that can be solved, a DFU restore will solve it. My article about how to DFU restore an iPhone explains how. Come back here after you try it.

After your iPhone finishes restoring, it’s easy to tell whether the problem has been solved, especially if the static noises were coming from the speaker on the bottom of your iPhone.

Pull iPhone silent switch forwardFirst, make sure the ring / silent switch on the side of your iPhone is pulled to the forward “on” position. You’ll have to connect to Wi-Fi as you begin the setup process. You should hear clicking noises as you type in your password. If everything sounds OK, there’s a good chance the speaker on the bottom of your iPhone is undamaged.

If you were hearing static from your iPhone’s earpiece, you’ll need to walk through the entire setup process and make a phone call to determine whether or not the problem has been solved. If you’re still hearing static after you restore, your iPhone probably needs to be repaired.

If You Need To Repair Your iPhone

Unfortunately, when your iPhone’s earpiece or speaker has been damaged, it’s usually not a problem that can be repaired at home. Apple does replace iPhone speakers at the Genius Bar, so you won’t have to replace your entire iPhone if the speaker is damaged unless there’s other damage too.

Another option is Puls, an on-demand repair company that will come to you and repair your iPhone in as little as an hour. Puls repairs are performed by a certified technician and are protected by a lifetime warranty.

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iPhone Can Play Clearly Now, The Static Is Gone

In this article, we determined whether a hardware or software problem was causing your iPhone to make loud static noises, and if you weren’t able to fix it at home, you know what to do next. I’d like to hear about your experience fixing this problem in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading, and remember to pay it forward,
David P.


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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.