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How to fix an iPhone X audio problem on buzzing speaker, inaudible sound output [Troubleshooting Guide]

Audio problems can either be attributed to a faulty hardware or software glitch. In most cases, the latter factor is to blame. Bad update, incorrect settings, and errant apps are among the usual triggers. Good thing though because these can be dealt with by some workarounds.

Below is a rundown of solutions and suggested workarounds to deal with a relevant issue on the iPhone X, particularly on buzzing speaker and inaudible sound. Read on and get some inputs on what to do whenever you’ll bump into the same issue on the same Apple device.

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How to troubleshoot iPhone X with a buzzing speaker, audio problems

Before you troubleshoot software problems that might have caused sound problems to occur on your iPhone X, check and ensure that your iPhone microphone or speaker ports are free from debris, lint, or anything that can cause blockage. If necessary, you can brush it away with a clean, dry and soft-bristled brush. Also remove any headphones from your iPhone to make sure they aren’t messing with the audio outputs from the built-in speakers. If these won’t help, then move on and troubleshoot your iPhone X with these simple procedures.

First solution: Reboot your iPhone (soft reset).

Various software issues can be remedied by a soft reset or device restart. In fact, a soft reset is one of the first recommended procedures in troubleshooting software problems on a device. It effectively resolves minor errors among apps and/or phone system too. A soft reset won’t affect data on your device, so no need to worry of losing personal information in the process.

A soft reset on the iPhone X is done with these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume button for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Slide to Power off command, release the buttons.
  3. Then, drag the Power off slider to the right. Give your iPhone several seconds to power off.
  4. After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button again until the Apple logo appears, then release.

Wait until your phone is finishing booting up and then test to see if the speakers are already working as intended. You can use any audio apps to determine if the audio outputs are all good.

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Second solution: Adjust/manage audio settings on your iPhone X.

First off, try to adjust the volume using the volume buttons on your iPhone X or through the volume slider in the Control Center. Toggling the ringer switch on the upper-left side of your device can also help clear and refresh sound functions of your iPhone.

If you’re having trouble with the audio while playing music tracks, then try to use digital equalizers to rebalance various sound frequencies in music. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Connect your speakers or headphones to your iPhone X.
  2. Open the Music app.
  3. Then queue up a track in the Music app that you want to equalize.
  4. Open the Settings app then tap Music.
  5. Select EQ from the Playback section options.
  6. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch the Control Center.
  7. Then swipe left until you find the Music app view.
  8. Press the Play icon on your track.
  9. Go back to the Settings screen by swiping down on the Control Center.
  10. Switch between the equalizer settings then select the option you prefer.

The equalization will take effect as long as your speaker or headphones are connected to your iPhone X. If that works then good, otherwise try other options.

Third solution: Update software to the latest version.

Installing the latest iOS version for your iPhone X can potentially fix the issue if it’s software bugs and malware are to blame. Aside from bringing in new features and enhanced functions, updates also embed fix patches to address bug-inflicted issues on the device. The latest iOS version Apple has rolled out for later iPhone variants is iOS 11.4. This would be the last version prior to another major platform revamp with iOS 12. To check if the new software version is available on your iPhone X, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Software Update menu.

You should see an update notification if a new software version is up for grabs. Before you download and install new update, make sure your device has ample of power and memory space. Also ensure that your iPhone is connected to the Internet. And once you’re all set, follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the update download and installation process.

Don’t forget to reboot your iPhone X when the update is completely installed. Doing so will prevent your device or any apps from acting up after new changes are implemented. Then test to see if your iPhone X audio is fixed.

Fourth solution: Reset all settings on your iPhone X.

Incorrect or invalid settings can also cause adverse audio symptoms to occur on your device. This is likely the root cause if the problem started after modifying some settings or options on your iPhone X. In that case, you can try reverting the changes you’ve made. But if that isn’t possible, you can just reset all settings on your iPhone X instead. Doing so will delete all your customized settings and preferences then restore the defaults. Should you wish to try it, then here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings. This will clear your current iPhone settings without affecting any data.
  5. If prompted, enter the correct passcode for your iPhone to continue.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm all settings reset.
  7. Wait until the reset is finished and then restart your iPhone.

After the phone restarts, you will need to set up and enable necessary functions including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can use them again on your phone.

This reset won’t affect any data and personal information you stored on the internal memory of your device.

Fifth solution: Factory reset your iPhone X (master reset).

If the prior reset failed to fix the problem and your iPhone X audio is still not working as intended, then this is when you’ll have to consider performing a master reset to erase everything from your iPhone system including complex errors and malware that might have caused audio problems to persist. Before you proceed, be sure to back up all your important data as they will all be deleted from your device. Once everything is backed up and ready, follow these steps to reset your iPhone X to factory defaults through settings:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll to and tap Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings. This will delete all your current settings and restore factory defaults.
  5. If prompted, enter your device passcode to continue.
  6. Then tap the option to confirm factory reset.

Allow your device to completely reset and then reboots by itself. After it boots up, you can proceed with the initial setup process to set up your iPhone X as new. Any software issues should be gone by then. If the audio problem persists after the master reset, then your iPhone needs service.

Other options

If the problem persists or your iPhone X speaker/audio output is still buzzing or not audible, then at this point you should consider opting for service. The problem should’ve been resolved by any of the aforementioned workarounds if it’s attributed to a software glitch but since it persisted, a faulty hardware is more likely to blame. To figure that out, take your iPhone X to the nearest Apple Genius bar in your area and have it examined thoroughly by an authorized technician. This is a must-do if there were prior instances of dropping or liquid exposure on your device as the audio problem you’re experiencing could be a symptom of hardware damage.

Otherwise, contact Apple Support for other options and official recommendations. If you’re iPhone X is still covered by warranty, then you should avail for warranty instead.

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