LOck sound & keyboard clicks suddenly very quiet

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RobNor, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. RobNor macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    Every so often these sounds become very quiet (adjusting the volume does not help) and only switching off and then on again restores them to normal levels

    iph4 with IOS4
  2. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    This will sound stupid, but make sure you aren't covering up the speaker at the bottom of the phone. The speaker is on the right and the mic is on the left.

    Also, make sure you don't have a case that is covering it.

    If you adjust the volume at the home screen with no music playing it will adjust the "ringer" volume, which also affects these sounds. Make sure it isn't set low.
  3. bluer101 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    I noticed on mine and my wifes phones that the keyboard clicks are not that loud, but the lock and everything else is normal.
  4. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
  5. mckinnie macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    my keyboard clicks are much quieter than the previous iphones. i think they did this to reduce annoyance.
  6. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    My keyboard clicks and lock sound are much louder than my 3GS. Like Vertigo50 said, the speaker was moved to the right and the mic is now on the left. Make sure you aren't inadvertantly covering the speaker.
  7. arod757 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I tend to cover up that speaker more often with the iPhone 4 than I did with previous versions, especially when I'm locking the phone. Guess I need to not hold it that way.
  8. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    I think it is also easier to cover the speaker than previous models. The bottom is flat now, where it used to be curved. Even when covering the speaker before you could still hear sound. Now, I can block it entirely.
  9. RobNor thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    If I switch my phone off then on again the clicks are at 'normal' volume but I find that later on (maybe the same day maybe the next) the clicks have become very quiet and the volume has no effect.Switching off then on restores them again.

    I am not blocking the speaker
  10. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    This has happened a couple of times as well. The really odd thing is it has occurred with some other sounds as well, like with game sounds. When I put my ear up to it, it almost sounds like the sound is coming out of the top mic hole or something rather than the bottom speaker, which I don't even know how that would be possible. I am thinking there must be some kind of a software glitch present.

    If I switch off and on it fixes it as well.
  11. 2of3 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2009
    Bracknell, Berkshire
  12. bmwhd macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    Ok - I've been observing this and other sound related weirdness on my IP4 since new. I've been blessed to not suffer the prox sensor or reception issues but this little oddity is starting to drive me nuts but I thing I might have a clue...

    I notice that lock sounds and keyboard clicks and such occasionally go bye bye. Sometimes even a reboot doesn't get them back. Sometimes it does.

    The common thread in these otherwise random events seems to be the use of either Pandora or Wunderradio in background mode. Even after forcing them off the doc (or fast app switcher list or whatever), they don't seem to be releasing the audio subsystem correctly (if that's even possible).

    So - I can reproduce it almost 100% now - Start with working sound, launch Wunderradio to stream audio. Pause or otherwise terminate that audio. Sounds are gone.

    Today it even knocked out the ringer. My phone's set to ring but it only vibrates no matter what position the side switch is in. This too will often clear with a reboot.

    I've got a dev account so I'm going to open a defect report with Apple. Defect number 816308.

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