Everyone uses headphones whenever they need to listen to something without everyone around them hearing. It’s very convenient when you’re in public or around other people. Most phones have headphone jacks for convenience, and all you need to use it is a pair of headphones.

When you insert the headphones into the headphone jack, then the sound from your phone is routed through the headphones. When you unplug the headphones, your phone is supposed to exit headphone mode, but sometimes your phone doesn’t. This prevents you from hearing any sound that comes from your phone. Here’s how you fix your device.

How to Fix android stuck in headphone mode

One way that you know the headphones are working is the headphone symbol at the top of your device’s screen. If this never goes away, then that means that your device is stuck. The hardware on your device doesn’t recognize that the signal sent by the headphone jack isn’t there. This makes it miss the signal when it’s supposed to switch. There are a few things that you can try to get your device out of headphone mode.

Plug in Headphones

Although this might sound like it’s the opposite of what you need to do, it might help. When you plug in the headphones, the signal is sent to your device and maybe that signal being sent will help your device. Unplug your headphones after a moment and look at the top of the screen to see if the headphone symbol disappears. If it does, then this means that your device should be out of headphone mode and you can hear sound again.

Restart your Phone

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Restarting your phone is one of the easiest ways to fix hardware issues. This will reset the hardware and allow sound to come from your device again. When your device turns back on, check to see if the headphone symbol is at the top of the screen. If it isn’t, then your device is no longer in headphone mode and it should work normally.

Clean Headphone Jack

You put your device in a ton of different places all day. Whether you stick it in a bag, such as a backpack or purse, or just jam it in your pocket, the headphone jack remains uncovered all throughout the day. It might end up with debris, such as dust or lint, in it that’s blocking it. You have to remove the debris so that it can sense that there isn’t a headphone jack in it. Use a can of compressed air to removed the debris.

You can also simply try blowing into the headphone jack. Once the debris is cleared, check if the headphone symbol is still at the top of the screen. If it is, try plugging in headphones and unplugging them to see if removing the debris made it work.


Apps like Soundabout will help you fix the issue by manipulating the software. Soundabout will help you manually switch between headphone and speaker mode since your device won’t work on its own. Here’s how you use the app.

1. Launch the app.

2. On the app screen, select “Media Audio” and a menu will appear.

3. On the menu, select the mode that you want the media to be channeled to. If you want the media in speaker mode, select “speaker.”

4. If you want to use the Phone app on your device to make a call too, then you’ll need to select “Phone call audio” when you return to the app’s home screen.

5. On the menu that appears, select “Speaker” so you can hear sound on speaker when you make calls.

Take Phone to Service Center

Before trying anything drastic, taking your phone to a service center might be the best choice. They have more tools at their disposal that will help them fix your device. If none of the previous suggestions worked, then your device might be broken. Since you cant fix your device without tools and the necessary knowledge, a professional should perform a diagnostic test on your device to see if it’s a software or hardware issue. Once they perform those tests, then they can tell you if you need a new part or a new phone. It’s better to get a second opinion than it is to try taking apart your device yourself.

Factory Reset

If you don’t want to spend the money to take your device to a service center and none of the other suggestions have worked, then you can try factory resetting your device. Before you do this, you should know that this wipes your device completely and returns it to the state that you received it in. There is a possibility that you might fix your device by doing this. Before you try this, you should back up your device so that you don’t lose anything important that you had on it.

1. Open your Settings app. The Settings app icon is grey with a gear in the middle of It usually.

2. Scroll down the settings menu and select “About Phone.”


3. At the bottom of the About Phone menu, you should see the “reset” option. Select it.

Factory Reset

4. Once you select the reset option, you’ll be navigated to a menu where you need to choose “Factory Reset.”

5. Once you confirm that you want to factory reset your device, then you’ll have to wait a few moments while it wipes everything. Once it does, you’ll have to set up your device again.

6. Check if the headphone jack symbol is gone from the top of your device. Play media to make sure that your device is on speaker mode.

One of these methods should help your device go into speaker mode again.