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. 06, 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 by iPhone users that it stops working. 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, then you can use the below-mentioned to fix the iPhone 11 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, iPhone 8, or earlier iPhone models such as iPhone 6, 6s, or 7, you can try these methods on your iDevice.

Method 1: Turn on Assistive Touch

If the silent switch is not working on your iPhone, 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.

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Assistive Touch - Step 2

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Assistive Touch – Step 2

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

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Assistive Touch - Step 3

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Assistive Touch – Step 3

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.

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Add Silent Ringtone - Step 2

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Add Silent Ringtone – Step 2

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.

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Add Silent Ringtone - Step 3

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Add Silent Ringtone – Step 3

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.

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Airplane Mode

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Airplane Mode

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”.

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Text Tone

How to Fix Silent Switch Not Working on iPhone via Text Tone

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. 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.