Apple iPhone 13 Mini Notifications Play In Silent Mode | Quick Fixes

This post will walk you through resolving an audio-related issue on the iPhone 13 mini that oddly plays notifications even when it is muted. Read on to learn what to do if your iPhone 13 mini notifications play in silent mode (iOS 15 notification bug).

iOS 15 Notification bug

While this may not be a big deal to most people, hearing notifications playing even when the iPhone is muted can likewise be irking in certain instances when you don’t want any disturbance coming from your device. That said, it’s still a problem that needs to be fixed.

The silent mode notification bug that occurs only on certain apps is more likely due to some in-app glitches or some settings from within the application that aren’t properly configured. If it’s affecting the entire system, then it could be due to some iOS bug that needs more advanced solutions.

For iPhone notifications that play in silent mode, the commonly known culprits are software-related and therefore they can potentially be fixed by end-users. 

If by any chance you’re faced with the same notification bug on your new iPhone 13 mini, I’ve mapped out some helpful workarounds that you can try when troubleshooting the problem on your end.

Troubleshooting iPhone 13 mini notifications play in silent mode

The following solutions are also applicable when troubleshooting notification bugs on other iPhone and iPad devices that are running on the same iOS version with that of the iPhone 13 lineup.

However, there might be some slight differences on the actual interface given that screens and menu items vary between device models and service providers. But then again, the overall process is closely akin.

Don’t forget to test your device after applying each solution to determine whether or not the problem is fixed. Proceed to the next applicable solution if necessary. You may go ahead and start whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot your iPhone 13 mini.

Solution #1: Flip the ring/silent switch back and forth.

The quickest way to enable mute or put your iPhone in silent mode is to toggle the Ring/Silent switch on the left side of the device. But considering the placement of this switch, it’s very likely to be flipped back to ring mode unintentionally unless you’ve disabled the Ringer and Alert feature to Change with buttons.

Thus, flipping the ring/silent switch up or down is the very first suggested workaround. 

This tweak can also help eliminate minor glitches transpiring on the iOS sounds and haptics features. 

An indication that the iPhone is in silent mode is the Orange bar showing on the Ring/Silent switch. If the orange isn’t showing, it means that the iPhone is in Ring mode. Should this be the case, just flip the switch back to Silent mode.

Solution #2: Restart your iPhone (soft reset).

If this is the first instance when you hear your iPhone notifications playing even when the device is in silent mode, then it’s probably just a random system glitch. To address such minor flaws, performing a soft reset or rebooting the iPhone is recommended.

Rebooting the iPhone can also help clear our temporary files or system cache including residual data that were corrupted. It doesn’t affect user data from the internal storage so you won’t lose any saved information from your device.

Just follow these steps to soft reset your iPhone 13 mini:
  • Simultaneously press and hold the Side button and Volume Up button for a few seconds.
  • Release both buttons when the Slide to Power Off bar appears.
  • Swipe or drag the bar to turn your device off.
  • After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button and then release when the Apple logo appears.

Restart iPhone through Settings

  • Alternatively, you can shut down and then restart your iPhone by going to Settings-> General menu and then drag the Shut Down slider to power off the device. After a few seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button on  your iPhone until the Apple logo appears.

Performing a forced restart on your iPhone might also help, in case your iPhone got stuck in ring mode.

Solution #3: Disable Change with Buttons.

The volume level on your iPhone can be adjusted in different ways either through the volume slider from the settings menu or using the Volume Up and Down keys on the side of the phone.

If the Change with Buttons feature is enabled on your iPhone, the volume or sound can be reduced or increased using the external volume controls. 

Unless the ring/silent switch is flipped to silent or mute position, the volume level can still be augmented by accidentally pressing the volume up key.

To rule this out, just disable the option to change the volume with buttons on your iPhone 13 mini with these steps:

  • Tap Settings to open the Settings app.
  • While on the Settings menu, scroll to find and then tap Sounds & Haptics.
  • On the succeeding window, navigate to the Ringer and Alerts section and then toggle to turn off the switch next to Change with Buttons.

Doing so will prevent the volume of the ringer and alerts to be affected by the Volume buttons.

Solution #4: Install new update (if available).

Software updates released by Apple not only bring in new features but more importantly they embed essential patches to get rid of certain bugs that are causing conflicts to iOS apps and system functions. Thus, updating your iPhone can likewise potentially resolve the notification sound bug.

If  you haven’t configured your iPhone to auto-update, then you can go ahead and manually check, download and install any available update.

Here’s what you should do then:
  • First, verify and ensure that your iPhone is sufficiently charged, with ample storage, and has stable internet connection preferably via Wi-Fi. 
  • Then, go to your phone’s Settings menu and then tap General-> Software Update.
  • Wait for your iPhone to check for any new updates.
  • If a new update is available, tap Install Now or Download and Install.
  • Enter your iPhone passcode if prompted and then tap Install Now to confirm.

Wait for your iPhone to finish updating. Don’t forget to reboot your iphone after updating to ensure that all recent software changes and bug fixes are properly implemented.

Solution #5: Reset all settings.

If the notification sound problem continues after performing the prior solutions, then the next option you’ve got is to reset all settings.

This reset will delete all custom settings for your default apps including app permissions and preferences, customized options and network settings without deleting all user data.

Should you wish to proceed and give this reset a shot, just follow these steps:
  • Go to your Home screen and then open the Settings app.
  • Scroll to and tap General.
  • Tap on Reset. 
  • On the succeeding menu, tap Reset all settings from the given options.
  • Enter your passcode if prompted.
  • Tap the option to confirm all settings reset on your iPhone.

Your iPhone will reboot automatically when the reset is finished. After it reboots, all default values and options are restored. This means the need for you to re-enable necessary features that are disabled by default.

iPhone notifications still play in silent mode?

Among the last options you can try if all else fails to fix the problem is to restore your iPhone to its factory state. 

There might be some complex system bug that’s ruining your iPhone’s notification system and therefore requires an ultimate restart.

If you think wiping your iPhone is worth a shot, then you may go ahead with a master reset. But before you do, be sure to back up all important files from your iPhone storage because this reset will wipe everything from your device.

You may carry out a factory reset through your iPhone settings or using iTunes on a Windows or Mac computer.

Meanwhile if the notification sound bug only occurs when using a certain application, then that’s likely an isolated problem to that app. Should that be the case, reinstalling the app will potentially fix it.

Contact Apple Support

You may also escalate the problem to Apple Support especially if this occurs after installing a new iOS update on your iPhone 13 mini.

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