On your iPhone or iPad, you can connect Bluetooth headphones and regular wired headphones to your device to listen to music. This allows you to listen to your favorite songs without anyone else being disturbed. Usually, when you connect your headphones, there’s a headphone icon in the upper right corner of the screen that indicated headphones are connected – this was introduced in iOS 10.2 two and the headphone icon will come up when you connect Bluetooth headphones or regular headphones.
Usually, whenever you disconnect your headphone by unplugging them, the headphone icon should disappear indicating that headphones have been disconnected. However, sometimes even when you disconnect your headphones, your iPhone can still think they’re connected.
Sometimes your iPhone may think that headphones are connected even when they’re not. This means that you can’t receive audio normally through your iPhone’s speakers. If this is the case, you can route your iPhones audio back to your speakers by troubleshooting the problem.
Restart your iPhone
The first thing you should do in this situation is to restart your device. When you restart your iPhone, the system will refresh will can get rid of any glitches or bugs that are occurring on your device. If you’re having any issues on your iPhone, the first thing you should do is to restart your device. This will get rid of most issues without you have to take any complex troubleshooting steps.
For iPhone 8 or Later:
Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:
Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with the volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:
Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
Once you’ve done this, you can check if the headphone icon is gone from your status bar. If your iPhone still thinks headphones are connected, you’ll need to reset your network settings.
Reset Network Settings
1. From the home screen, tap Settings.
2. Scroll down to, then tap General.
3. Scroll down to, then tap Reset.
4. Tap Reset Network Settings.
5. Tap Reset Network Settings to confirm. Once your iPhone has restarted, the headphone icon should no longer be in your status bar.