iPhone 5 stuck in headphone mode

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BazookaJoeX9, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    This is my first iPhone and overall I'm really enjoying it. Though yesterday my phone went into "headphone mode." I have never used a pair of headphones with it yet.
    I looked up the problem and tried plugging in headphones a couple of times. Turned Bluetooth on and off a few times. Blew into the headphone jack. Restarted the phone. Backed up the phone and factory reset it. Nothing. I don't see anything in the headphone jack like dust or lint.

    Any else having this problem? Should I take it to the Apple store?
  2. macrumors newbie


    Sep 24, 2012
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    This happened to me once on an older model. Try rebooting the phone and see if that fixes it (this fixed it for me). If it recurs you're probably looking at a trip to the Apple store.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Looks like I'm heading to the Apple Store.

    Would it be weird to expect something free like a iTunes gift card if they can't fix it? Closest one is 45 min to me.
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    Denver CO
    When this happened to me on my iphone 4 I simply had to re-plug in the headphones and then unplug and all was good. Might try that.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    My earpiece never worked when I got my iPhone last Friday. Went to the Apple Store yesterday and they gave me a replacement on the spot. Mine, at least, was faulty hardware.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Was this an iPhone 5? I'm worried if I need a replacement the Apple store will be out.
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    Blow out the headphone jack with some high air pressure. You may have gotten water in it and is still messed up. Blow it out and if that doesn't work go get a replacement.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    crack is a powerful drug.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2012
    I have problems with my new iPhone 5 headphone jack as well, I am getting a lot of "clicks" like its not making good contact or the the jack is messed up also the controls on the headphones won't function, apple is replacing it with a new phone just wondering if anyone else experienced this problem
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    New iphone 5 headphone jack issues too..

    I just got my iphone in the mail yesterday and I turned it on. After setting it up and restoring from icloud I started to play with the phone. I noticed that I couldnt hear Suri --odd? :confused:
    It took a while to realize that the phone was stuck in "headset mode" and I handn't even tried the new headphones that it came with. I went on a few forums to see if I could resolve the issue and tried all the tricks but had no luck. I am wondering now if maybe a handful of phones have this same problem?
    Please let me know what apple tells you.

  12. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
    many thanx for that... I slipped in the snow whilst on my phone and dropped it in a pile of snow.. had this problem since i got home

    thanks again :D
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2014
    Toilet Dunk

    Posting as yellow phone because I reached this forum when my iPhone 5 slipped off my belt in its leather case and into the toilet during 'zip up'.
    VERY quick recovery, out of belt case and into towel. All electronics live but stuck in headphone mode. Came here, learned to try air blast but not enough.
    Cure - a 1.5 inch by 2 inch piece of "Kleenex" rolled up between finger and thumb to approximate diameter of headphone jack.
    Insert into jack and twirl. Repeated 3-4 times with fresh dry pieces of Kleenex.
    Works fine now.
    Also, rinsed case quickly in warm water, patted dry and put in 'frost-free' fridge for about 4 hours. OK now.
  14. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Generally at least a few days in a bag of uncooked rice (with the phone powered off) would be a better idea for most.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2014
    After noticing this problem this evening and not being able to concentrate on ANYTHING until I had done everything possible to fix it I stumbled upon a few sites that recommended the various methods discussed...

    After trying these for about half an hour to no avail, a piece of lint/crap eventually came out after twizzling a piece of toilet paper in the audio plug for the 20th time!

    I got lucky but it worked!

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