6 Ways to Fix iPad Stuck in Headphone Mode[2024]

Discover quick solutions to fix the annoying iPad headphone mode issue. Don't let glitches ruin your audio experience – try these troubleshooting steps now!

By Abhishek Chandel
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6 Ways to Fix iPad Stuck in Headphone Mode

6 Ways to Fix iPad Stuck in Headphone Mode

Have you ever experienced your iPad getting stuck in headphone mode even when headphones aren't plugged in? This frustrating glitch makes it seem like audio is permanently being routed through the headphone jack. Fortunately, there are several troubleshooting steps you can try to get your iPad out of headphone mode and back to normal. In this article, I'll walk through the top 6 fixes to try when your iPad is stuck in headphone mode.

How to get your iPad out of headphone mode?

1. Restart the iPad

Often a simple restart is all you need to clear out minor software glitches like the headphone mode issue. Restarting your iPad essentially resets the current software state, which can fix problems like this.

To restart an iPad, hold down the Power button until the "Slide to Power Off" prompt appears. Slide to power your iPad completely off. Wait 30 seconds, then press the Power button again to turn your iPad back on.

Once restarted, check if the headphone icon is still displayed in your iPad's status bar. Hopefully the restart cleared the stuck headphone mode issue.

2. Check for Debris in the Headphone Jack

If restarting didn't work, the next thing to check is whether there's any lint, dust or other debris stuck in your iPad's headphone jack. Even tiny amounts of debris in the headphone port can trigger headphone mode.

Carefully inspect your iPad's headphone jack for any signs of dirt or lint buildup. Use a toothpick or softened tip of a cotton swab to gently clean out the jack. Make sure not to push any debris further into the port.

You can also use compressed air to safely blow out any particles in the headphone port. With the jack cleared out, reconnect your headphones and see if that fixes the issue.

3. Update iOS

Updating your iPad to the latest iOS version can potentially resolve software bugs that are causing the headphone mode issue. Apple regularly releases software updates that patch glitches, improve performance and add new features.

To update your iPad:

  • Open the Settings app

  • Tap General > Software Update

  • Download and install any available updates

Once updated to the latest iOS version, check if your iPad is still stuck in headphone mode. The software update may have included a fix for that particular bug.

4. Reset iPad Settings

If your iPad is still exhibiting the headphone icon issue, try resetting all of its settings back to default. Resetting won't erase any of your data - it simply restores your iPad's settings to their original defaults.

Here's how to reset your iPad:

  • Go to Settings > General >  Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset

  • Tap "Reset All Settings"

  • Enter your passcode if prompted

  • Confirm that you want to reset all settings

This will revert any customized settings on your iPad and hopefully resolve the headphone mode issue in the process.

5. Use a Different Headset

It's also possible the headset or headphones you're using are causing the iPad to get stuck in headphone mode. Try connecting a different headset or pair of headphones to your iPad.

Use Apple earphones if possible, since they are guaranteed to work properly with an iPad's headphone jack. If the headphone icon goes away after switching headsets, then the original headset was likely faulty.

6. Get iPad Serviced

If you've tried all of the above fixes and your iPad is still permanently stuck in headphone mode, there may be an underlying hardware issue at fault. To pinpoint and resolve a hardware problem, you'll want to get your iPad serviced.

You can take your iPad to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. They can diagnose any internal issues that may be causing the headphone glitch, and either repair or replace faulty components.

While service may cost you, it's the only surefire way to resolve stubborn hardware-related issues like permanent headphone mode.


The iPad getting stuck in headphone mode can certainly be annoying. But in many cases this issue can be fixed yourself without a trip to the Apple Store. First try simpler troubleshooting like restarting, cleaning the headphone port and updating iOS. For hardware-related headphone issues that persist, professional iPad service is likely needed. Hopefully the 6 fixes outlined in this article will help you get your iPad out of headphone mode for good. Just be patient and methodically try each solution until that frustrating headphone icon finally disappears!

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