How to Fix iPhone 12 Stuck on Headphone Mode

Using headphones on your new iPhone can be fun, not until your device still recognizes it even after disconnecting it on your phone. This post will cater to those agony that has been reported by some users where their iPhone 12 stuck on headphone mode. If you’re one of them, read further and find out how to fix it. 

How To Remove iPhone 12 Stuck on Headphone Mode

Your new iPhone 12 should be able to recognize once the headphone has been removed from the device. However, due to some glitch, it may still show that a headphone is still connected even when it has been removed already. When that happens, your iPhone will not recognize the charger if you need to charge your device. 

Your iPhone may still recognize the headphone on your device if it experiences some software glitch and errors due to bugs that occurred while using it. Mapped out below are some common fixes for iPhone 12 stuck on headphone mode issue. Read further and follow the steps provided. 

First Solution: Clean the Headphone/Charger Port on your iPhone 12

Dirt and dust could accumulate inside the port of your new iPhone. If it has been soak in water or has been exposed to other liquids, moisture could build up and that might be the reason why the headphone mode is stuck. You’ll need to clean it and see if this will fix the issue. 

  1. Get a clean cloth or use cotton buds. 
  2. Gently wipe the charging port until it is clean.
  3. Press the Volume keys to see if it will still show that the volume is on headphones.

Second Solution: Restart your iPhone 12

The problem might be caused by a minor glitch that could be rectified by simply restarting the device. It is important to do this procedure whenever your phone is experiencing some issues as it refreshes the system and recalibrates the phone’s performance. 

Your first option to restart an iPhone is via soft reset: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once the Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

You can also perform a force restart: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

After the restart, check if you still see the headphone mode on your iPhone 12. 

Third Solution: Check for Software Update on your iPhone 12

If your phone’s software has not been updated and there is a pending software update available, this might cause some functions to act up and may have been the reason why it is stuck on headphone mode. Updating your iOS version could also unlock new features and fixes to reported errors on the device. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Go to and select General.
  3. Tap on Software Update.
  4. Wait for the “Checking for Update” prompt to complete. 
  5. If there’s an available software update, read its description. Tap on Download and Install to apply the update on your device. 

Fourth Solution: Reset All Settings on your iPhone 12

Invalid configurations on your device may also cause relevant symptoms to occur. If this problem has occurred right after making some changes on your phone’s settings, then most likely it is a misconfigured data that’s causing the headphone mode to get stuck on your iPhone 12. Performing a reset on all settings will revert those manually configured settings to their default values and options without affecting your personal information. 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset All Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset. 

Once the reset has been completed, check out if the issue has been rectified. 

Fifth Solution: Erase All Contents on your iPhone 12

Performing a factory reset might be needed if the problem persists up to this point. Stubborn issues could be due to bugs and errors on the phone’s system. They can be removed by resetting the phone’s third-party apps and removing all files and data through a factory reset. Make sure to perform a backup prior doing a factory reset so that you can restore your apps later on. 

To create a backup via iTunes:

  1. Prepare a Mac or Windows computer with the latest iTunes installed.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using the Apple-supplied USB/lightning cable. 
  3. Open iTunes on your computer. Then allow iTunes to sync with your iPhone and backup files.

To master reset your iPhone 12:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Erase all contents and settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm all settings reset.

Set up your device after the factory reset and check out if the issue is gone already. 

Still Having an iPhone 12 Stuck on Headphone Mode

If the problem has not been rectified after following the given procedures above, it is time to contact Apple support or visit the nearest Apple service center in your area. Proper device checking is already needed to verify what’s causing the headphone mode to get stuck on your iPhone 12. 

Also Read: How to Get Rid of iPhone 12 Stuck on Apple Logo

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