Software issues in iPhones are common but they can be addressed easily. There are quite a few techniques that can come to your aid. Hardware problems are not so common but if they happen, users are left with very few options. You are bound to feel helpless when your iPhone’ volume button gets stuck or broken. You won’t be able to control volume and that is quite frustrating.

This is a hardware issue but it could be occurred due to a software issue. Even if it is not an iOS-related issue, you can still get it fixed in various ways. If you are one of the many iPhone users who are facing this issue, you simply need to apply the methods mentioned below. A stuck volume button isn’t a big issue and it will likely get sorted through one of these techniques.

Physical Cleaning:

The first thing you need to do is to physically inspect your iPhone’ volume button to check if there are any damages. Many people tend to keep their iPhone in protective cases and hence, they hardly clean the phone’ body. The dust particles and debris are one of the common reasons why the volume button gets stuck.

To eradicate dust and debris, you will need to remove your iPhone’ protective cover and clean it with a soft cloth. You can also use a toothpick to clean the gaps in the volume buttons. Additionally, you can use a cotton bud dipped in water or oil to clean the buttons. Do not apply water or oil directly to the buttons as it can further damage the buttons.

Make sure you also clean the connectors and headphone jack as well. The reason why you need to clean them is the fact that your phone’ volume could be affected by dust and debris in the headphone jack, and you would be thinking that it is the volume buttons that aren’t functioning properly. You can use a soft cloth or a toothpick to clean the dust particles and debris.

Another thing that can trouble the iPhone’ volume button is liquid damage. iPhones (latest models) are waterproof, but you never know. So, as a precaution, put your iPhone in a warm place (switched off) for a few hours. Turn it back on to see if it makes any difference.

Software Update:

Apple always recommends its users to update the software as soon as the update is available. Many people tend to delay the updates which can cause both software and hardware related problems. You may not be aware of the software problem that is causing the issue but at least you can update the software to see if it troubleshoots the issue. To update your software:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Tap on the option Software update.

4. Download and install the latest update.

Restore to Factory Settings:

Usually, iPhone users can opt for a force restart before going for the Factory Restore method. However, in this case, the iPhone’ volume button is stuck or broken which means that the force restart is out of the equation. You can try to a force restart (maybe it works) before restoring your iPhone to factory settings. If it works, then it will likely solve the issue. If not, then you will have to Erase All Content and Settings.

The only problem is that restoring your iPhone to factory settings means that you will have to set up your iPhone again. It also means that all the data will be deleted but it can be recovered later with the help of iCloud. So, before restoring your iPhone to factory settings, make sure you create a fresh backup for your data. Once done, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Reset.

4. Now choose the option Erase All Content and Settings. Provide your passcode to prompt the action.

5. Once it is complete, set up your iPhone and recover the data from iCloud.

Restore via iTunes:

1. Connect your iPhone to the PC via a charging cable.

2. Click on the option Summary.

3. Next, click the option iPhone Restore.

4. Next, click on Restore button to begin the iPhone restore process and once it is done, you can then set up your devices as new.

Software related issues within the iOS devices usually get addressed after the restore. If your volume buttons aren’t working properly due to a software malfunction or a bug then it will get addressed after the restore.

These are some techniques that you can use to fix the iPhone’ volume button. If the hardware issues are deeper then you may have to disassemble the iPhone. It is recommended that you do not disassemble the device on your own as it could add more trouble. You can contact the Apple support or an engineer to see if they can assist you with hardware related issues.

Assistive Touch:

If your iPhone’ volume button doesn’t get fixed after trying the above methods, you can temporarily use AssistiveTouch to your advantage. It has various on-screen features including volume up and volume down button. It is not a solution to fix the buttons, but nevertheless, it is a great alternative. You can enable the AssistiveTouch by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Choose the option Accessibility.

4. Now toggle on the option Assistive Touch.

5. Go back to your home screen. You will see a white circle on the screen from which you can control various features.

6. Tap on it and use volume up and volume down button to control the volume.