How to Turn Off Silent Mode on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Silent mode on the iPhone is a handy feature that allows you to silence your device so that it doesn’t make any sounds when you receive calls, messages, or notifications. However, there may be times when you need to turn off silent mode and allow your iPhone to ring again. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to turn off silent mode on your iPhone.

Step 1: Access the Control Center
To turn off silent mode on your iPhone, start by accessing the Control Center. The Control Center is a convenient panel that allows you to quickly access various settings and features of your device.

To open the Control Center, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen if you have an iPhone X or later model. For iPhone models earlier than the iPhone X, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Locate the Silent Mode Icon
Once you have opened the Control Center, locate the silent mode icon. The silent mode icon looks like a bell with a line through it. This icon indicates that your device is currently in silent mode.

Note: If you see an additional crescent moon icon beside the silent mode icon, it means that Do Not Disturb mode is also enabled. Do Not Disturb mode not only silences your device but also prevents notifications from appearing on your lock screen.

Step 3: Turn Off Silent Mode
To turn off silent mode, simply tap on the silent mode icon in the Control Center. When you tap on it, the icon will no longer be highlighted and your device will exit silent mode.

  • Alternative Method:
  • If you prefer using physical buttons instead of accessing the Control Center, there’s an alternative method to turn off silent mode.

  • For iPhones with a Ring/Silent Switch:
  • Locate the Ring/Silent switch on the side of your iPhone. To turn off silent mode, simply flip the switch towards the back of your device. When the switch is flipped towards the back, an orange indicator will appear, indicating that silent mode is disabled.

  • For iPhones without a Ring/Silent Switch:
  • On newer iPhone models that don’t have a physical Ring/Silent switch, you can use the volume buttons to control silent mode. Press either volume button (up or down) until you see “Silent Mode Off” appear on your screen. This indicates that silent mode has been turned off.

Step 4: Verify Silent Mode Status
To ensure that silent mode has been successfully turned off, check for the absence of the silent mode icon in the Control Center. Additionally, you can also try making a test call or sending a test message to verify if your device is now ringing and notifying you as expected.


In this tutorial, we learned how to turn off silent mode on an iPhone. Whether you prefer using the Control Center or physical buttons, disabling silent mode allows your iPhone to ring and notify you when calls, messages, and notifications come in. Remember to check if your device is indeed out of silent mode by looking for visual cues in the Control Center or performing simple tests.

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