suggestions on 'cleaning' the speaker for better sound?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by mdwsta4, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    i've had 4 iphones and i always notice that when i first get them the external speaker is a lot louder for ringtones, speakerphone, etc.
    after time being spent in a pocket i suppose it's natural for lint and debris to accumulate in the little holes around the speaker deafening the sound.

    so what's a good way to clean it? blowing into it does absolutely nothing. part of me thinks i should just take it apart and tear off the fabric portion on the attenna cover.

    anyone else have this problem? other solutions?[​IMG]
  2. sculfort macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2008
    I get this problem quite a bit. This might be weird, however, what I do is take a staple and straighten it out and clean out the little holes. I find that is about the skinniest thing I can get in there (bring on the "thats what she said jokes") I could hardly hear out of the speaker at all but now its extremely loud. I guess i forgot what it was like to have a speaker without a bunch of build up in it. That should work just find for ya
  3. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    i gave it a shot and that actually did work rather well. not the ideal solution, but it got the job done for now!
  4. vrflyer macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2008
  5. andreab35 macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008

    Man, that works!
    I just cleaned out the little holes in my first gen. iPhone with a straightened staple and I can hear things from the external speaker so much louder now!
    Thanks for the tip sculfort! :D
  6. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    If you want your speakers really loud, then poke them through slightly with a needle. Many people have done this.

    Or you could just get a 3g. The speakers on that baby are much better and don't get clogged up. I love it.
  7. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    I'm an ATT user so while I don't have to have my phone unlocked, it's nice to have it that way. I prefer the metal back on the 1st gen iphone although 3g and the psuedo GPS features would be nice. i know the speaker is louder on the new model as well.
    assuming they release a 32gb version i'll pick one up then. but in the meantime, i'm content with a cheaper phone bill and basically the same phone.


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