4S Very quiet, can hardly hear people talking through earpiece

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bespoken4, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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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    abijnk

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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?
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Was going to ask the same. You never know lol.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    LOL. Yes...the volume is all the way up, and there is no plastic.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Haha! Ah well, I'm out of ideas then. Sorry!
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I already exchanged the phone once and can't hear a darn thing even on the second one.
     
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    nefan65

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    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...
     
  9. macrumors member

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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
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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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.

    Hope this helps.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    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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    Small White Car

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    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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    aliensarecool

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    is it actually positioned right on your ear
     
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    ericrwalker

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    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.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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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
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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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.....:D
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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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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