iPhone 13 Speaker
iPhone 13 Speaker

The iPhone 13, with its sleek design and myriad of features, is undeniably a masterpiece in the smartphone world. But like all tech gadgets, it’s not immune to occasional glitches. One issue that users sometimes encounter is a non-functional speaker. If you’re facing this challenge, let’s dive into potential solutions to get that speaker up and running again.

Check the Basics First

Before diving into more complex troubleshooting steps, always ensure the basics are in order:

  1. Volume Level: Ensure your phone’s volume is turned up. Use the volume buttons on the side of the device to increase it.
  2. Mute Switch: The iPhone has a small switch above the volume buttons. If it’s showing an orange color, your phone is on mute. Toggle it to unmute.
  3. Protected Speaker: Ensure that no debris, dirt, or case is obstructing the speaker.

Restart Your iPhone 13

Sometimes, the simplest solution to tech issues is a basic restart. Hold down the side button and either of the volume buttons simultaneously until the power off slider appears. Slide it, wait for the phone to turn off, then press the side button to turn it back on.

Check for Software Updates

Occasionally, speaker issues arise due to software glitches. Apple often releases updates that fix known issues:

  1. Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If an update is available, tap “Download and Install.”

Inspect Individual Apps

If the speaker issue seems limited to a particular app, that app might be the culprit. Consider updating it or reinstalling it from the App Store.

Reset All Settings

If the above steps don’t work, resetting your iPhone’s settings might help:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Tap “Reset All Settings.” This won’t erase your data, but it will reset system settings, including Wi-Fi passwords and preferences.

Contact Apple Support

If you’ve tried all these solutions and the problem persists, it’s time to reach out to the experts. Schedule an appointment with the Genius Bar at an Apple Store or contact Apple Support online.


Facing issues with your iPhone 13 speaker can be frustrating, but the steps above offer a systematic approach to diagnose and resolve the problem. Always remember: when in doubt, consulting with professionals is the safest bet.


  1. Is there a way to test my iPhone 13 speaker?
    • Yes! You can use the Voice Memos app to record a quick audio clip and play it back to check the speaker’s functionality.
  2. Does using headphones or external speakers affect the built-in speaker?
    • Not typically. However, if you’ve just unplugged headphones or disconnected Bluetooth speakers, there might be a brief delay before the iPhone switches back to its built-in speaker.
  3. What’s the difference between the iPhone 13’s speaker and its earpiece?
    • The speaker is used for loudspeaker calls, music, and videos. The earpiece, located at the top front, is used for regular phone calls. If you’re facing issues during calls, the earpiece might be the problem.
  4. Are software updates safe?
    • Generally, Apple ensures its software updates are stable. However, it’s a good practice to backup your iPhone before updating.
  5. If my iPhone 13 is still under warranty, will Apple replace it for a speaker issue?
    • Depending on the problem’s nature and if it’s a recognized manufacturing defect, Apple might repair or replace your device under warranty. Always consult with Apple Support or a Genius Bar for a definitive answer.
Eric Chan

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