iPhone silence button broken? Do this

The silent button on an iPhone can be an issue – whilst it works fine most of the time, it is temperamental. This means that there may be times where your silent button doesn’t work properly.

So, if you’re having issues with the iPhone silent switch, this is everything to need to know to get it fixed.

How to turn iPhone silent mode off without the switch

In most case, it is easy enough to turn the silent mode on with iOS.

However if it’s not working, whilst we try and find a fix, you can actually activate silent mode on a smartphone without even using the silent button itself.

This is done by using Assistive Touch, which is a way to toggle settings on and off on your iPhone without touching it physically.

Enabling AssistiveTouch on an iPhone

You can enable assistive touch on your iPhone by heading into the settings on your device.

Here, you will see options for accessibility. Continue scrolling to find the Assistive Touch toggle on your iPhone.

To activate assistive touch on an iPhone, make sure to switch the Assistive Touch toggle on. After you do this, the assistive touch circle should pop up on your device.

You can then select Device, which will give you the ability to turn silent mode on for your iPhone.

If you want to turn silent mode on with an iPhone but your button isn’t working, this is the best way to do it.

You can also simply use the volume buttons to turn the sound down on your device, as well as switching your phone into flight mode too – though this will stop you from receiving calls on your iPhone.

However, none of these solutions really fix the issue. So how can you fix a broken iPhone button? Here’s a few ways that you can do so.

How to Fix a Broken Silent Button

If you can’t enable silent mode on your iPhone, there’s a few different ways that you can resolve the issue. The most common methods for doing this are;

  1. Restart your device by holding down the power button, which should reset your phones system.
  2. Install the newest version of iOS on your iPhone to ensure any glitches are fixed.
  3. Make sure that there’s nothing stopping you from switching your phone into do not disturb mode – this could be debris that stops you from using the slide function.

If none of the above helps you enable silent mode on your iPhone, you may need to take your phone to the Apple Store so they can resolve it.

This is a fairly common issue with earlier iPhone models, so you may be given an immediate fix.

Common Questions about the Silence Button

Why does my iPhone vibrate in silent mode?

Normally, your iPhone will vibrate rather than make a sound when in silent mode. This can help to keep you informed about all the incoming calls or emails you’re getting without any noise. Most people don’t have an issue if your iPhone vibrates silently, but you can switch this off in your phone settings.

How to turn off silent mode during screen mirroring?

When screen mirroring is enabled, some applications on your iPhone won’t play sound. The easiest way to reenable the sound when you’re screen mirroring is to simply use Assistive Touch to switch silent mode off temporarily.

My iPhone or iPad doesn’t have a silent mode switch – what should I do?

If you have an issue with the switch on your iPhone, then you can either use assistive touch, switch your phone into silent mode using Airplane mode or manually use the volume buttons on the left side of your device to turn the volume down on your device (which is the same as enabling silent mode).

Emergency Bypass

Emergency bypass on iPhones lets your phone receive sound from certain contacts even when your mode is not in silent mode. You can do this by going into your Contacts and then settings, which you can use to enable ring mode when this specific person calls you.


During silence, the sound on your iPhone will automatically switch to a vibration instead of sound. This can help to temporarily block interruptions.

The good thing is that silent mode provides quick ways for you to silence your phone, and even if you can’t use the silent button on your phone, there are a few other ways that you can easily active it on your device.

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Edward brings years of experience in a variety of different fields including online marketing & No-code app development, and he's been investing in stocks and cryptocurrency since 2016. Outside of work you'll usually find him watching movies at the local cinema or playing games in the Apple Arcade.

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