Top 8 Ways to Fix iPhone Volume Buttons Stuck on iPhone X/11/12/13/14

It’s annoyed if your iPhone volume buttons are stuck suddenly. This passage will elaborate you 8 methods to fix iPhone volume button stuck on iPhone 7/8/X/11/12.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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No matter you are using the latest iPhone 14/13 or iPhone 7/8/X/11/12, you may face the same situation that iPhone volume buttons stuck. If the sound is too low or too loud and you can do nothing with it, it must be one of the most annoying and embarrassing situations people ever met, especially when you are listening to the music or making a phone call with others.

Part 1. Why are iPhone volume buttons stuck?

To answer this question “Why is iPhone button stuck?” You have to answer these two questions yourself:

Question 1: Are the volume buttons stuck down and you cant press them at all?
Any physical damage may lead to the situation. And if your answer is YES, there might be not many things you can do to fix this issue. Before it is repaired, you can turn to Method 1 to 3 to adjust volume by using button alternatives.

Question 2. Does nothing happen on the screen after you press the buttons down?
This situation can result from many reasons. This might occur as a result of debris or dust, hardware damage, or even a software problem. You can try Method 4 to 8 to fix this issue.

Part 2. 8 methods to fix iPhone volume buttons stuck on iPhone X/11/12/13/14

Here are eight solutions to help you out of the issue iPhone volume buttons stuck. Just try them one after another until your issue gets fixed. 

Method 1. Long-press the volume Up/Down button

There is a smart way to fix iPhone 7/8/X/11/12 volume buttons stuck if you can’t press them at all. Just simply press and hold volume Up/Down button for a few seconds and release it, and the volume button may be placed in its ideal position. If it doesn’t work, choose a volume button alternative below and get your iPhone repaired as soon as possible.

Method 2. Use the volume slider in the Settings app

If your iPhone volume button is stuck inside, you can use the volume slider in the Settings app to adjust ringer volume before getting it repaired. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Drag the slider by your finger to adjust the ringer volume. The further left you drag, the quieter your iPhone rings.

Change Volume In Settings

You can also adjust the volume in a specific app which plays music or videos etc. Let’s take the Music app as an example. As you can see in the picture below, near the bottom of the screen, a horizontal slider is available for you to adjust the volume of the song you are listening to.

Adjust Volume Music App

Method 3. Use AssistiveTouch

When you find iPhone volume button can not be clicking, AssistiveTouch is another alternative to adjust volume temporarily. Once you turn on AssistiveTouch, a virtual button is available on your iPhone’s display, enabling you to adjust volume. There are 3 ways to turn on AssistiveTouch.

▶ Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then select AssistiveTouch to turn it on.

▶ Use “Hey Siri” to say, “Turn on AssistiveTouch”.

▶ Go to Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and turn on AssistiveTouch.

It’s easy to use AssistiveTouch as a volume button. Tap the virtual button and tap Device and you can turn up or down the volume just like you do with physical volume buttons.

Adjust Volume From Assistive Touch

Method 4. Clean the stuck volume button

The first thing you may think about when you press the volume buttons, but they do not work is to check them. It’s true that if there is too much dirt or debris nearby, iPhone volume buttons may not work well. You are supposed to rub this dirt carefully with some cotton swabs.

Method 5. Force restart your iPhone

Rebooting your iPhone is one of the easiest ways to solve many issues. Your iPhone will be forced to turn off and back on by doing a hard reset. It’s possible to fix volume button issue. See if it works.

The way to hard reset iPhone depends on the types of your iPhone.
iPhone 8 or later: Press the volume + button and then quickly release. Press the volume - button and then quickly release. Press the power button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the power button and volume - button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.

Reset Iphone

Method 6. Update iOS to the latest version

The latest version of iOS may fix some bugs or optimize some functions that are related to the problem you are facing. To update iOS: Go to Settings > General > Software Update and click Install Now.

Ios Software Update

Method 7. Restore iPhone to factory settings

If you still fail to get rid of disabled volume button, restoring iPhone to factory settings will be your last chance to fix the problem on your own, because it can fix any software problems which make your volume buttons stuck. However, you have to take the risk of losing all your data, because this method will erase all the data and settings from your iPhone. It’s suggested to fully backup your iPhone before the process.

How to fully backup iPhone 
It is recommended you to try FoneTool to backup everything from your iPhone to computer in a simple and fast way. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Download, install and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

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Step 2. Click Phone Backup > Locate Full Backup option and click Get Started to continue.

Click Full Backup

Step 3. If necessary, you can enable Backup encryption to protect your private data > Select a destination to save the backup files > Finally, click Start Backup to begin the task.

Start Backup

To restore the backup after troubleshooting, just click Backup History to locate the backup files to make it. Different from iTunes, you can also choose to backup iPhone to PC selectively with FoneTool.

Tutorials to reset all setting to solve no sound on iPhone
Go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Tap Erase All Content and Settings, enter your passcode to continue.

Erase All Content And Settings iOS 15

Method 8. Contact Apple

If the method above cannot stop iPhone volume button from not working, you need to contact Apple. After all, they know Apple products the best. You can contact them via call, email or go to Apple site etc. You can talk about your problem in detail with their professionals.


These are top 8 method to fix iPhone volume buttons stuck on iPhone X/11/12/13/14. No matter whether your volume buttons are stuck inside or the iPhone volume buttons are not working when you press them, you can find some methods to get rid of this issue. I would appreciate it if you share this passage to help more people.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.