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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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4S Very quiet, can hardly hear people talking through earpiece

If I have the phone up to my ear, the call is so quiet I can barely hear the person speaking.

Anyone else experiencing this?
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:35 AM   #2
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So I'll go ahead and be "that person" and ask if you've tried turning the in-call volume up?
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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So I'll go ahead and be "that person" and ask if you've tried turning the in-call volume up?
Was going to ask the same. You never know lol.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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There's a plastic film covering the earpiece. Take it off and you'll be fine. My wife did the exact same thing with her iPhone 4.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:48 AM   #5
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There's a plastic film covering the earpiece. Take it off and you'll be fine. My wife did the exact same thing with her iPhone 4.
LOL. Yes...the volume is all the way up, and there is no plastic.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:49 AM   #6
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LOL. Yes...the volume is all the way up, and there is no plastic.
Haha! Ah well, I'm out of ideas then. Sorry!
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:53 AM   #7
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Haha! Ah well, I'm out of ideas then. Sorry!
I already exchanged the phone once and can't hear a darn thing even on the second one.
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:55 AM   #8
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I already exchanged the phone once and can't hear a darn thing even on the second one.
You're missing something then. It's either a volume issue, or plastic film. I've heard no one complain about call clarity issues with the 4S...
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 11:58 AM   #9
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Dont know if this would make any difference but go into the settings and see if hearing aid mode is on . If it is try switching it off
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Old Oct 20, 2011, 12:16 PM   #10
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This used to annoy me quite a bit.

But the fact of it is that it might not actually be due to your iPhone, it could be the other person's phone that has a quiet voice input.

The best way to gauge this matter based on my experience is to simply call your voice mail which usually has a pre-recorded message saying "Welcome to *Carrier* voice mail, please enter your password". If you find yourself having difficulty listening to the greeting message with the volume turned all the way up, then chances are it's your phone.

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Old May 9, 2012, 01:59 PM   #11
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There's a plastic film covering the earpiece. Take it off and you'll be fine. My wife did the exact same thing with her iPhone 4.
Thanks you have just saved me a phone call to O2, I was about to scream at the phone when I couldn't hear anyone, makes sense that the plastic is covering the ear piece! Doh!
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Old May 9, 2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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LOL. Yes...the volume is all the way up
Another "sorry if this sounds dumb" questions, but... Did you turn up the volume while on the call? If you turn up the volume before the call that turns up the ringtone sound, not the call volume.
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Old May 9, 2012, 02:40 PM   #13
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is it actually positioned right on your ear
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Old May 9, 2012, 02:45 PM   #14
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is it actually positioned right on your ear
Good question, and if that doesn't work I would like to revisit if the volume is all the way up. It may seem like a dumb question but some people might turn the volume up during music play or turned the ringer all the way up, but didn't turn the call volume up. OP make sure the volume is all the way up during a phone call. Make a call and look at the screen and hit the volume up button if you haven't already done this.
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Old Jun 13, 2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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Can't hear the other person on my iphone4 but they can hear me

Just wanted to post that you are not the only one. Yesterday I was driving and went to use my phone and it did the exact same thing. Most blogs say to hold the screen down up by the speaker or push softly. Others say smack it and it works. I have tried reboot, I also completely wiped it clean. Not working still. They can hear me just fine. Volume is up, settings are good, bluetooth off etc. It is not the other person either. You can call a 100 people and it does the same thing now. Bummed
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Old Jun 13, 2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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Can't hear the other person on my iphone4 but they can hear me

Ok so I took a needle poke the speaker just a bit, cleaned it and sucked really hard. It works. Not 100% but mostly 80% I will follow up again..Hope this helps.....
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Old Apr 15, 2014, 12:17 PM   #17
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However gross it sounds, my earpiece had an amazing amount of crap in it. My phone is nearly 3 years old and has been in my pockets, on bike rides, dirty jobs...etc. I guess it makes sense. I took a needle and carefully cleaned the big stuff, then blew compressed air (from the side) & finally put a small amount isopropyl alcohol on small eyeglass cleaning cloth & voila... I can hear again.
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