8 ways to fix an iPhone that’s not ringing properly

If your iPhone is not ringing properly, it can be frustrating because you may miss important calls. Here are eight ways to troubleshoot and fix this issue:

  1. Check the Mute Switch:
    • Ensure that the physical mute switch on the side of your iPhone is not turned on (the switch should not be showing a red indicator). When it’s on mute, your phone won’t ring or make any sound.
  2. Check the Ring/Silent Switch Setting:
    • Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
    • Scroll down and tap “Sounds & Haptics” (or just “Sounds” on older iOS versions).
    • Verify that the “Change with Buttons” option is turned on. This allows you to control the ringer volume with the volume buttons on the side of your iPhone.
  3. Adjust the Volume:
    • Press the volume up button on the side of your iPhone to increase the ringer volume. If your phone is in silent mode, it will vibrate.
  4. Check Do Not Disturb Mode:
    • Open the “Settings” app.
    • Scroll down and tap “Do Not Disturb.”
    • Ensure that “Do Not Disturb” is turned off. When this mode is enabled, your phone won’t ring for calls or notifications.
  5. Check Call Forwarding and Silence Unknown Callers:
    • Open the “Settings” app.
    • Scroll down and tap “Phone.”
    • Check if “Call Forwarding” or “Silence Unknown Callers” is enabled and disable them if necessary.
  6. Reset All Settings:
    • Sometimes, issues with ringtone settings can be resolved by resetting all settings on your iPhone. To do this, go to “Settings” > “General” > “Reset” > “Reset All Settings.” This will not erase your data but will reset all settings to their default values.
  7. Check Custom Ringtone:
    • Make sure that you have a valid and audible ringtone selected. Go to “Settings” > “Sounds & Haptics” > “Ringtone,” and choose a ringtone that you can hear.
  8. Update or Restore Your iPhone:
    • Outdated software can sometimes cause issues with the phone’s functionality. Check for iOS updates in “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update.” If an update is available, install it.
    • If the issue persists, you can try restoring your iPhone using iTunes (on a computer) or via the “Settings” app. Make sure to back up your data before performing a restore.

If none of these steps resolves the issue and your iPhone still doesn’t ring properly, it might be a hardware problem. In that case, you should contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store or authorized service center for further assistance and potential repairs.

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