How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone Easily

Are you one of the iPhone users who is facing the problem related to silent switch button on your iPhone? Then, this guide has provided the various methods to fix iPhone silent switch not working irrespective of which iPhone model you have.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 16, 2020

The silent switch button on the left side of the iPhone is great functionality to put the ringing device into the silent or mute mode without any hassle. However, many issues have been reported related to the silent switch button that it stops working. It can cause that you can’t enable silent mode or iPhone is not ringing. Sometimes, when you switched for many times, your device will be stuck on silent mode. Luckily, if you have a warranty for your iPhone, then you can replace your iPhone by visiting the store. However, if the warranty period expires for your iDevice, what do you do if your silent button doesn’t work?

Then you can use the below-mentioned to fix the iPhone silent switch not working. The methods that we are going to discuss are for every iPhone model. Therefore, whether you are using the latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro (Max), iPhone XS/XR, or earlier iPhone models such as iPhone 6, 7 or 8, you can try these methods on your iDevice.

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Method 1: Turn on Assistive Touch

If the silent switch is not working on your iPhone, especially when the Ring/Silent button is broken, then you can silent or mute your iPhone from the Assistive Touch button. It is another hassle-free functionality to manage your iPhone.  It is grey in color and float on your iPhone screen. To use Assistive touch on your iPhone, first, you need to enable it from the settings.

Step 1. Go to the “Settings” app and then, open the “General” settings. After that, tap on “Accessibility”.

Step 2. After that, click on the “Assistive Touch” and then, enable the Assistive Touch.

Turn on Assistive Touch

Turn on Assistive Touch

Step 3. Now, you can tap on the Assistive Touch button to open its menu and then, click on the “Device” to mute your ringing phone.

Mute iPhone with Assistive Touch

Mute iPhone with Assistive Touch

In some older iPhone models, the icon will be in different shapes and styles such as the bell icon, but the functionality will remain the same.

Method 2: Turn Down the Volume

If your iPhone 7 silent switch not working or on any other iPhone model, then you can also use the volume down button to mute your iPhone during ringing. The volume down button is on the left side of every iPhone model. To silent phone using this method, long-press the volume down button until sound does not reach the zero level. It is another alternative to the silent switch button.

Method 3: Add Silent Ringtone

You can silent your iPhone by setting a silent ringtone as default. Adding a silent ringtone to iPhone is an easy task and you can do it using the iTunes library.

Step 1. First of all, download the silent ringtone from the internet on your computer and then, run the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Now, tap on the “Tones” tab under the iTunes library and paste the downloaded to it. Connect your iPhone to the computer. Then, tap on the “Device” icon and sync iTunes library to your iPhone.

Sync Tones with iPhone

Sync Tones with iPhone

Step 3. After syncing, the ringtone will appear on your iPhone. Then, open the “Settings” and then, open the “Sound and Haptics”. Finally, tap on “Ringtone” and set the silent ringtone.

Set Silent Ringtone on iPhone

Set Silent Ringtone on iPhone

Method 4: Airplane Mode

You can turn on your Airplane mode to silent your phone and while Airplane mode, you can still you the Wi-Fi network. Your all incoming calls will move to a voicemail that you can hear after turning off the Airplane mode. To turn on Airplane mode, go to the “Settings” and then, tap on the “Airplane Mode” to turn it on. Or you can also turn it on from your iPhone control center.

Turn Airplane Mode on to Silent iPhone

Turn Airplane Mode on to Silent iPhone

Method 5: Enable Text Tone to None

If you want to silent your text notification such as emails, messages, and many more, then on the iPhone, Text Tone is a feature that can be used to silent notification that you will receive. Go to “Settings” and then, open the “Sound & Haptics”. Then, tap on the “Text Tone” and switch its settings to “None”.

Enable Text Tone to None

Enable Text Tone to None

Method 6: Use an iOS Repair Tool to Fix Silent Switch not Working

If the above methods didn’t work for you, the silent switch not working may not be caused by some hardware problems. For example, your iPhone stuck in silent mode or there’re other issues related to system problems. We strongly recommend you an iOS system repair tool, which is AnyFix. The tool provides you one-stop solution to fix various iOS problems, including the silent mode. Also, if you meet the iTunes update/connection/sync or other iTunes errors, AnyFix can get it back to life. Besides, you can enter/exit Recovery Mode in one click. Therefore, AnyFix makes it easy to solve the most issues related to your iPhone.

Now, download the latest version of AnyFix. And, here is a step-by-step guide on how to use AnyFix to fix Silent Switch not working:

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Free Download

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Step 1: Launch AnyFix and you will see the interface below. Choose System Repair to continue.

Tap on System Repair

Tap on System Repair

Step 2: Tap on 50+ iPhone Problems and Start now. Remember to connect your device to the computer using a USB cable.

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now

Step 3: Choose a repair mode that your iPhone needs. Currently, iOS repair function provides three repair modes: Standard Repair, Advanced Repair and Ultimate Repair. Here we take Standard Repair as an example. With the Standard Repair, it supports to fix the most common system issues and no device data will be erased after the repairing.

Select a Mode to Repair

Select a Mode to Repair

Step 4: After choosing one repairing mode, it will detect your iPhone to match a firmware. Then tap on Download button to get matching firmware.

Download a Firmware for your iPhone

Download a Firmware for your iPhone

Step 5: When firmware download completed, click Fix Now. It will ask you to enter recovery mode if you didn’t do that before.

Firmware Download Completed

Firmware Download Completed

Step 6: After that, it will start repairing the system like the below picture shows. Then wait a while and you will see Repair Completed page when the recovery process is completed.

Repairing the System

Repairing the System

The Bottom Line

That’s all how you can put your iPhone into mute mode if the silent switch button on your iPhone is not working. And if your iPhone stuck in silent mode, AnyFix will help you. Even if your iPhone 4s silent switches not working, you can refer to this guide and all the above methods will work perfectly on later iPhone models also.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.