If you’re having issues in general with your headphones and your iPhone, this article should help you out a great deal.

So simply to restate the problem: Your iPhone thinks that your headphones are plugged into either the lightning port on your iPhone 7 or newer or, the headphone jack in the iPhone 6s or older, but they’re not plugged in.

So the first thing that you need to do is to eliminate the possibility that this is a software problem. 99% of the time it is Hardware related, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it at home. The fix is very simple so you shouldn’t struggle.

Why Does My iPhone Thinks Headphones Are Plugged In?

The most common reason why your iPhone thinks headphones are plugged in is due to lint being stuck in the headphone port. This causes your iPhone to stay in headphones mode because it thinks that headphones are plugged in. To solve this, you can get a brush an antistatic brush to clean the inside the port and get the lint out.

Another reason why your iPhone thinks you’ve plugged in headphones is that there’s a software problem on your iPhone that’s causing it to think that there’s a software problem on your iPhone. Sometimes bugs and glitches can cause all sorts of errors and if it’s causing your iPhone to be stuck in headphones mode, you’ll need to wipe the software problem to fix it.

Fix iPhone Thinks Headphones Are Plugged In

To stop your iPhone from thinking that headphones are plugged in, you need to get rid of any dirt in the headphones jack that could trigger it to think headphones are plugged in. If the problem is software-related, for example, there’s a bug on your iPhone that’s triggering headphones mode, you’ll need to troubleshoot your iPhone and get rid of the bug so that it stops thinking that your iPhone is stuck in headphones mode.

Turn Your iPhone Off and On Again

The first thing you need to do is eliminate the possibility that this is a software problem. To do this, all you need to do is turn your iPhone off and back on again.

Your iPhone will turn back on. If this was a software issue, the headphone logo shouldn’t be there anymore.

If the headphone logo is still there and your headphones aren’t plugged in, this is a hardware related issue.

Check the Control Centre

If this is a hardware related problem, the next thing you need to do is go to control centre to make sure that your iPhone is stuck in headphones mode and not just playing music somewhere else.

The first this you need to do is grab a pair of headphones and plug it into the lightning port if you have the iPhone 7 and above, or the headphone jack if you have the iPhone 6s and below.

You should also test the volume up and down to check whether it shows headphones or a speaker.

Another way to check if your iPhone is actually stuck in headphones mode is to:

1. Open control centre by swiping up from the bottom of the screen

2. Press and hold down firmly on the music icon

3. Tap the airplay button in the upper right-hand corner.

When you plug your headphones in, you will be able to see a tick mark next to the headphone symbol.

When you unplug the headphones, the headphone symbol should go back to the iPhone symbol.

If you unplug your headphones and the headphone symbol didn’t change back an iPhone symbol, your device is definitely stuck in headphones mode.

Inspect the Lightning Port & Clean it

If your phone is still stuck in headphones mode, it’s time to take a look at the lightning port if you have an iPhone 7 or newer.

If you have an iPhone 6s or below, this is the headphone jack. To do this, you can use the flash from your friend’s iPhone or you can just use a torch. Look inside your headphone jack and check for gunk or debris that could be interfering with the connection and fooling your iPhone into thinking something’s plugged in.

You’ll be surprised by how much stuff can accumulate inside your headphone port. If you usually keep your headphones in your pocket, you should expect to see some lint inside the port.

If you do find anything in here, here’s not what to do.

Don’t use a:

  • SIM card eject tool
  • Paperclip
  • Thumbtack
  • Scissors
  • Knife

In general, don’t use anything metallic. You don’t want to do this because it can conduct an electrical charge and an electrical charge can totally screw up the inside of your iPhone.

This can cause damage to the fragile components in your iPhone. So what’s the correct way to clean out your iPhone? The correct way to clean out your iPhone is by using an anti-static brush.

If you’re using an iPhone 6s or below, check out the pen trick down below. An anti-static brush is simply a brush that doesn’t conduct electricity.

When doing this, make sure you’re aggressive with it because an anti-static brush isn’t going to cause any damage to your iPhone. If you don’t have access to an anti-static brush, the next best things is a brand new toothbrush.

Don’t use a toothbrush that you just brushed your teeth because this can cause a whole host of issues. Once you’ve done this, test again to see if your iPhone is still stuck in headphone mode.

Use the End of a Pen to Clean out the Headphone Jack

If you have an iPhone 6s or older, you can use a pen to clean out the headphone jack.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Grab a pair of scissors

2. Place it on the tip of the pen

3. Twist & Pull the pen and the ink cartilage out

You will notice that the back end of the ink cartridge is the perfect size for getting the junk out of a headphone jack. This method can also be performed on your iPad or iPod. All you need to do is get in there and twist gently in the hope that you’ll get some debris out.

This method is great because the back end of the pen is anti-static and it’s not going to conduct electricity. It’s also soft enough to not damage the Jack. Again, don’t use anything metallic because it can snap inside the headphone jack. If something breaks off in there, it’s unbelievable how difficult it is to get out.

Tip: if you can find anything to remove the debris from your headphone jack or port, you can use compressed air to push out any dirt or lint.

Go and Repair your Device

If you’ve turned your device on & off, checked the control center, inspected the lightning port, plugged the headphones in and back out and you’re still stuck in headphones mode, it’s time to repair your device.

If your device has no internal issues such as water damage, and If your device is under warranty, you should definitely visit the Apple store.