iPhone Earpiece Sounds Funny? Try This Fix

Uzair Ghani
Posted Feb 1, 2016
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Does your iPhone earpiece sound muffled or somewhat weird? Then turn off noise cancellation to fix things in a jiffy. We’ll show you how in today’s guide.

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The iPhone has a microphone next to the iSight camera for noise cancellation, allowing the user to block out ambient noise and get more clearer sound in the earpiece. But at times, noise cancellation can be a hit or miss, resulting in muffled or fuzzy sound, making things tough to understand. If you’re facing such an issue, then you can fix things by simply turning off noise cancellation from iPhone’s Settings app, and we’ll show you how you can do just that.

Turn Off iPhone Noise Cancellation

1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone’s home screen.

2. Now tap on an entry labelled ‘General.’

3. Scroll down and tap on ‘Accessibility.’

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4. Look for an entry labelled ‘Phone Noise Cancellation’ and tap to turn it off. Refer to the screenshot below for help.

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Once done, initiate a phone call to check whether or not things have been fixed. If everything sounds perfect, then you’re golden. If you believe that the earpiece still sounds funny, then it’s highly likely that your earpiece hardware is damaged and you’re in need of repairs.

If everything is working perfectly on your iPhone, then we highly recommend that you keep the feature turned on as it enhances the overall clarity of a phone call. But also do keep in mind that since this is a feature triggered mainly by the hardware of the iPhone itself, therefore turning it off will be a good idea if you’re looking at saving battery life.

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Noise cancellation is an excellent feature if you’re asking us, and while the iPhone’s earpiece is quite small to achieve the same effect as dedicated noise cancelling headphones, but it’s astonishing to note that such a small speaker can create such a wide effect.

It remains to be seen in which direction noise cancellation will go when it comes to the iPhone, especially when you take into account the fact that the iPhone 7 will come with either wireless or Lightning enabled EarPods. After all, if the EarPods do turn out to be a Lightning connected affair, then it means that the earbuds will be able to draw power from the iPhone itself, essentially allowing for active noise cancellation without having to toss in batteries of any kind into the EarPods itself.

Whether that happens or not, remains to be seen.

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