Last updated on 5 July 2022
If your iPhone phone calls are silent, there are six reasons:
To unsilence your phone for any of these reasons, follow these steps below:
Disabling Do Not Disturb or Focus Mode
Do Not Disturb mode tells the network you don’t want calls. When it is on, it can be pretty easy to forget. Disable this feature through the following steps:
- Go to Settings
- Tap “Do Not Disturb”
- Tap the toggle to disable it
- You’ll know it is disabled from it being greyed out
You can also decide to change the schedule and allow calls from specific people from this screen.
Turning up your volume
Your iPhone has volume buttons on the left side of the screen. Pressing the top button will turn it up.
You may need to adjust your ringtone volume through settings:
- Go to Settings
- Tap “Sounds & Haptics”
- Drag the “Ringer and Alerts” volume slider to the right
You can also tap “Change with Buttons” so your side buttons can control your volume.
Disabling Silent mode on your iPhone
On the left side of your iPhone, you’ll notice a small switch. Flipping it to red will activate silent mode. Flipping it again will disable this feature.
Silent mode is a quick way to turn off your volume. It will not block or unblock incoming calls.
Disabling your call forwarding
Call forwarding is handy if you are changing to a new number. Keeping this feature enabled prevents you from getting calls.
Here is how you can disable it:
- Go to “Settings”
- Scroll down to “Phone“
- Tap “Call forwarding”
- Tap the green pill on the right side of the screen
- If it worked, you should see no “forward to” number and a grey pll
Disabling or disconnecting Bluetooth
Bluetooth connects you to hands-free calling devices. If you are still close to that device, your calls might be automatically linked.
To disable Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth > make sure there are no hands-free devices connected or disable Bluetooth.
To avoid disabling your Bluetooth each time you leave your car, you can leverage low power mode. Here’s how to do this:
- Go to “Settings“
- Choose “Automation” and “Low Power Mode”
- Select “Add action”
- Search for “Bluetooth” and tap the “off” text
- Save your changes and activate low power mode
Anytime you are disconnected from a charging station (likely in your car), your Bluetooth will be off. Ths solution is ideal if you don’t use your Bluetooth for much else.
Disabling or Controlling Screen Time
Screen Time lets you control how much you use your phone. It also enables you to set communication limits for friends. Remove this through the following steps:
- Tap “Settings”
- Tap “Screen Time”
- Select “Communication Limits”
- Check settings under allowed communication during screen time and downtime
- Adjust as necessary
Disabling Screen Time will enable you to make calls without limits. You can also choose to control when unknown contacts can reach out.