Iphone 4 sound come from ear speaker and not bottom speaker

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by spazo, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010

    I need your knowledge about iphone.

    My new iphone 4 do something strange. Sometime my bottom speaker its not working and the sound come out from the ear speaker only !

    The only way to fix it is to reboot the phone... It happened 3-4 times in 5 days.

    Do you think I can get a new phone from apple ? Did any of you guys had this issue ?

  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    music playback, game sound... everything. Even the little sound when I unlock my phone

    I'm not on a call when its happening
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    I call troll, this has never happened to any generation of the whole iPhone lineup.
  6. macrumors member


    Aug 23, 2010
    I highly doubt you can vouch for that. Fail.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    never heard of this issue either....

    the 'ear-speaker' is exclusively used for phonecalls, i wouldn't believe they are in any way 'hard-wired' / 'hard-coded' so either a soft- or hardware defect might mix them up.

    i once had the phone believe i had headphones plugged in while i really hadn't, thereby not having sound coming from the ear-speaker. (just had to plug / unplug actual headphones to resolve this)

    but the other way around? ... doubtful, actually :/
  8. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2010
    Does sound highly strange....

    ... just to discount the obvious, are you making sure you're not covering the speaker at the bottom with your finger? As it's worth bearing in mind that there's only one speaker at the bottom of the phone - the other is a microphone.
  9. macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
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    I've never heard of this, ever on any of the iPhones.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2010
    ear speaker

    Mine also does this with playling fonejacker app
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    This is a well known problem with Skype. After you have used Skype and then background it, all sounds will come out of the ear speaker. To rectify, just make a call on Skype and change it to speakerphone.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    I have Skype installed but never used it
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2010
    Yea im pretty sure im not covering my bottow speaker.

    Next time its happening, I try to take a video with my samsung camera. So if Apple dont trust me, I will have a proof of the issue

    Another thing is I updated my firmware to the latest version 4.1 yesturday night and I will check if the issue happend again
  14. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Wow, I didnt know that. Amazing how many answers can be found here.
  15. Hmm
    macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2002
    I've had this happen a few times on my 3GS since upgrading to 4.0. Usually after having some music or audio app running, like Slacker or Thumbjam. Most of the time, I would just go into the app and reselect speaker in the audio settings for the app and it would be fine. One time I remember needing to reboot the phone. Haven't had it happen in a while though.
  16. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2011
    Same issue with 3GS

    I apologize if this isn't the correct forum for this, but I am having a similar problem, and it's frustrating the crap out of me.

    After about a day or so with no sound from the bottom speaker, and the ear speaker only working with phone calls, I now have all my sounds coming from the ear speaker.

    Ipod, alarms, app noises/sounds etc are all playing at a (obviously) much lower volume through the ear speaker. Headphones are working correctly as well.

    I've never had the skype app, and have not gotten any new apps in the last few weeks. Nor have I used anything new recently.

    Phone is kept in an otterbox, and has not sustained any significant trauma. Bumps and shakes I'm sure, but nothing major sticks out in my memory.

    iphone doesn't think that the headphones are plugged in when they aren't. No dust etc in the headphone jack.

    Tried the normal restart, updated the OS, all to no avail.

    IPhone 3GS, 32GB.v4.3.3

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    For what's worth, I promise I'm not a troll, Ha.

  17. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2011
    Exact same problem

    That happened to me this week and I tried all possible solutions including all about Skype without any success at all. I also reinstall the OS and the problem persists.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2011
    i have a iPhone 4 with Best sound on ear speaker. It is a High loud Volume and Sounds like a tin can.
    I like it my I phone 4.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2006
    I have THE SAME issue with my iPhone 4s. Anyone found a fix for this, or is it a hw problem?
  20. macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Same issue here with an iPhone 4S I received yesterday. No sound from bottom speaker, everything comes out of the top speaker. Followed all the instructions from Apple's support homepage (restart, reset, restore) with no success. Called the apple support hotline and they are going to replace the handset. Will be without a phone for while though :(
  21. macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    NY, NY

    Return it to apple store... should be covered
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    I have the same problem..when I am at the lock screen, I double click the home button and right next to the iPod controls, a little icon is there where and option for sound comes up it says
    "iPhone speaker" or "iPhone"
    I switch it to speaker to get it back but it somehow always switches back and I don't know why or when or how to stop it from going back
  23. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    Recently I was having the same problems with my iPhone 4S. It was pretty alarming considering I've had it for a while now and I have never had that problem before. I've been using the chrome app for the Internet because I like to get the Bing rewards points. I haven't had the problem before so I didn't think that it was the app. I found out that apparently Apple Did some reprogramming that requires the apps to be altered in order to play Sound correctly. I decided to check it out and sure enough videos and sound in the chrome app for the only ones that are coming out of that your speaker and everything else including you tube, Safari videos and iTunes sounds are all coming out of the main speaker. I hope this helps. I will just have to miss out on my Bing points until they update their chrome app.

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