Speaker Troubleshooting Tips

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How to fix your buzzing or muffled iPhone speaker

Is your speaker no longer pumping beats over your morning shower? Can’t hear your alarm from across the room? Is a weird buzzing noise totally harshing your morning meditation vibe? All these common problems have one likely culprit - dirt! As you carry your phone on the daily, it runs into pocket lint, dust, and other debris that can stick in the small speaker holes on the bottom of your phone, on the right side of the charging port. As these dirtwads clog up your soundholes they can impede the flow of air from the speaker out to your ears, which can cause a range of problems from decreased volume to reduced audio quality.

How do I fix it?

Luckily there are some quick and easy at-home remedies for this speaker issue. First, try using a soft bristled brush, like a clean toothbrush, to gently scrub the affected area. This should dislodge any free pieces of dirt and clear up the air pipes to deliver melodious beats once again. Sometimes dirt can solidify and is too tough to clear out with a brush. For stubborn, sticky dust, try tape. Cut a small length of some sturdy tape like duct or electrical tape. Put it over the speaker holes and then press it gently into each hole with a small paperclip or toothpick (or whatever will fit). The tape should stick to the dust so that when you pull it away, the dirt will come too and you will be left with blessedly clean speakers and crisp, clear sound.