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What to do if iPhone makes strange noises


Your iPhone may glitch, reboot, and even suddenly vibrate from time to time. But these problems are not so serious compared to the fact that the smartphone can make strange sounds from time to time: they come from the speaker or from somewhere inside. It is one thing when plastic creaks in a refrigerator or TV, and quite another in a smartphone. This problem does exist, but its very existence is a rather unpleasant fact. Let’s see what can be done if the iPhone makes strange sounds, and why this happens.

To begin with, let’s decide that we do not take into account those cases when you experience phantom vibrations or sounds, when it seems that the smartphone is ringing: you take it out of your pocket, but nothing happens to it. This usually happens in noisy places. Let’s talk about the fact that you heard an incomprehensible sound on the iPhone, but there was no notification on the screen or a call.

Noise in iPhone speaker

Imagine that you are sitting working, music is playing on your iPhone or your favorite TV series is running, and at one moment the sound starts to behave a little strange: certain distortions appear, whistling or crackling, or something else. In this case, it is important to pay attention to the physical condition of the speakers. The two most common reasons are that the speaker in the iPhone is clogged or liquid has got into it.


  • If the speaker is dirty, try cleaning it with a toothpick. Do this with extreme caution: it is advisable, of course, to arm yourself with special devices or entrust this matter to a specialist, but you can try it yourself at your own peril and risk. Do not overdo it: do not put pressure on the grate, and in the future – do not try to blow it through. This will lead to additional problems.
  • If water gets into the speaker, do not try to do anything yourself. First, dry your iPhone. Second, contact the service center.

strange sounds on iPhone

At the time when the iPhone X was just released, users reported that they had crackles from the speakers. Later, Apple noted that this is the configuration of the speakers and their specifics. Where exactly the sound comes from, they could not, and the problem was not limited to a smartphone of one series or a specific version of iOS.

Later, a similar “feature” ( or is it a bug? ) appeared on the iPhone 8, although their speaker crackled only during a phone call. The crackling could be the result of listening to music at high volume, but some users turn a blind eye to this and do not consider this a serious reason not to buy an iPhone or take it in for repair.

crackling on iPhone

The processor in the iPhone is the most important element that performs an insane number of operations per second. The fact that it is made on a board has a microscopic manufacturing process and is hidden in the bowels of a smartphone does not mean that you will not hear it. In most cases, the chips make sounds that are audible to humans. Try to put the iPhone to your ear with the back – you won’t hear the noise of the sea, but you can catch the moment when the sounds of the microprocessor are heard.

For example, the earliest models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus had a factory defect – the sound of the processor was heard. This was not the case in other models, in any case, no one announced this, but it is definitely not worth excluding this problem in other models. The sound is similar to a squeak, it will be heard if you bring the smartphone to your ear.

iPhone notification sounds

Apps may have notifications that play discreetly on your phone. You can check them in Settings – “Notifications”. Each application has its own notification settings, for example, sounds are set without “banners” – you will hear a sound, but there will be no notification. Scroll through the list and find what confuses you: if you see apps in the list that only show “Sounds”, you should reconfigure it.

Disable completely or return banners. Also, background loading in programs, such as Mail, can be the cause of sudden sounds. It cannot be ruled out that the incoming message was deleted – there may even be a phantom vibration. In addition, if you still use the ringtone on your phone, then there may be a short crackle before an incoming call – the result of the speaker or the recording quality of the ringtone itself.

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