14 Pro Tips To Fix iPhone 14 Not Ringing on Incoming Calls

By Moses Johnson - Managing Editor
6 Min Read

Some users have reported problems with their iPhone 14 not ringing when they are getting a call. If your iPhone 14 doesn’t ring when you get a call, don’t freak out. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone 14 is not ringing and show you how to fix the problem so your phone rings loud and clear.

Two hands hold up iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

Why is iPhone 14 not ringing?

With almost certain guarantee, the reason an iPhone 14 is not ringing apparently out of the blue is because of the Focus feature, or because the Mute switch has been toggled on. Another reason for your iPhone 14 not ringing could be something as simple as lowered volume levels, bluetooth pairing, silencing unknown callers, or it could be something more serious like a speaker issue.

The solutions below will address all these problems. Here are the best tips on how to fix your iPhone 14 if it’s not ringing.

Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

How to fix iPhone 14 not ringing issue

1. Turn off the silent switch of your iPhone

If your iPhone 14 does not ring on all calls, make sure the switch on your phone’s left side isn’t set to Silent mode. Your iPhone 14 will not ring or play a sound when you receive cellular & app calls, notifications, and the likes in this mode.

You can put your iPhone back into ringer mode by using the ringer/silent switch on the side of your iPhone.

Look at the switch on the left side of your phone. If the switch is pushed away from your screen and showing an orange color strip, you have Silent Mode on. Flip the switch to turn it off.

2. Increase your iPhone volume

It’s possible the iPhone 14 volume is too low to hear it ringing. If your iPhone 14 is not ringing when you get a phone call, but your videos and music are playing at a normal volume, then this means your ringer volume is turned all the way down and your media volume is turned up. These are two separate settings in iOS

To adjust your ringer volume, simply adjust the volume with the volume buttons while no media is playing, or instead, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and drag the ringer and alerts volume slider to the desired level.

You can then test if your iPhone 14 ringer is not working by playing music or a video. If you hear noise, the issue is low ringer volume, not your ringer not working.

3. Disconnect Bluetooth Audio Devices

If you occasionally use wireless audio devices like Bluetooth headset with your iPhone, then your iPhone is set to automatically connect to it when it’s in range. When it connects, iOS automatically uses AirPlay mirroring to direct all sound to the Bluetooth headset.

In this scenario, what can happen is if you leave home without your Bluetooth headset, your sound might work great when you’re out and about, but when you come back home, sound might start to route to the Bluetooth headset instead of through your iPhone, giving you the illusion that there’s no sound because the iPhone is routing sound to the Bluetooth headset that you’re not using instead.

You can either turn Bluetooth off when you’re not using the Bluetooth headset, or you can turn off the AirPlay connection between your iPhone and the Bluetooth headset. Since I use an Apple Watch, turning off Bluetooth isn’t really an option for me. Instead, I just open Control Center, tap on the AirPlay button, and choose the iPhone speaker instead of the Bluetooth headset, and this makes the incoming call ringtone to normally sound via my iPhone’s speakers.

4. Restart your iPhone

If it’s a software glitch, which can happen from time to time, you might be able to fix it by simply turning your device off and on again. . This is very helpful especially when your iPhone 14 runs into software bugs that cause the phone to run slowly or wonky, including if its sound or ringer has stopped working. Typically, a hard reset is the best, which can be done by pressing and quickly releasing the volume up button, pressing and quickly releasing the volume down button, pressing and holding the Side button for 10 seconds until the iPhone reboots.

5. Confirm Focus Mode Is Disabled

The Focus feature on iOS 15 disables sound and vibration for call, text, and app notifications. If you’ve accidentally enabled Focus Mode, your iPhone 14 won’t ring on incoming calls.

To check this, open Control Center and find the Focus icon. If Focus is enabled, tap on it to turn it off. Now you should start hearing the ringtone when you get any calls. If your iPhone 14 isn’t ringing, check the next solution.

6. Turn Off Silence Unknown Callers

The Silence Unknown Callers feature allows you to stop unknown calls from ringing. Telemarketers and spammers often use the ‘Unknown Caller’ ID to try to reach you, and if you get a lot of them, they can be annoying. However, once you’ve enabled the Silence Unknown Callers feature when someone using an unknown number calls your phone, the call will be sent directly to voicemail, and it will appear in your Recent Calls list, but your iPhone 14 will not ring. Here’s how to disable the Silence Unknown Caller feature and make your phone ring.

Go to Settings > Phone > Silence Unknown Callers then tap Silence Unknown Callers again to turn the feature off (gray color).

7. Make sure the number isn’t blocked on your iPhone

Apple gives you the ability to block specific phone numbers , which is handy if you get a lot of telemarketing and other spam phone calls. If you have blocked a person, you won’t get phone call from them. This naturally means you’re iPhone 14 won’t ring. To make sure you didn’t accidentally block an important number, follow these steps.

  1. Start the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Phone.
  2. Tap Blocked Contacts.
  3. Swipe left on an entry here and tap Unblock.

8. Check if it’s a ringtone issue

If you purchased a third-party ringtone to use on your iPhone 14 and it isn’t working, it could be a software glitch causing the sound to fail when someone calls you. Try switching to one of the iPhone’s pre-installed ringtones, and see if that solves your problem. Here’s how you can access your inbuilt ringtones list.

Start the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Sounds & Haptics. Tap Ringtone, and from the next screen, try selecting a different ringtone. Remember not to select “None” as it’ll turn off all the sounds.

9. Check and Turn Off Call Forwarding

Your iPhone 14 won’t ring if call forwarding is turned on. All your incoming calls will be forwarded to your specified number or to your voicemail. Therefore, when you find that your iPhone 14 doesn’t ring, you can disable call forwarding to fix the issue.

  1. Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Phone.
  3. Tap on Call Forwarding.
  4. Turn off the switch next to Call Forwarding.

10. Check for Custom Contact Ringtones

If your iPhone 14 won’t ring for a specific caller and that person isn’t blocked, then check to see if it’s a custom ringtone you assigned to them that isn’t working.

  1. Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on ”Sounds & Haptics.”
  3. Tap on ”Ringtone.”
  4. Find the tone you want to delete from the Ringtones list before swiping left on it.
  5. Tap on the red ”Delete” icon that appears to delete the ringtone.
  6. Go back to your contact and assign a different ringtone to their profile.

11. Update iOS

Updating iOS can fix lots of bugs for software errors and other problems, including the iPhone 14 not ringing issue. Simply update your iPhone to the latest iOS version by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap ’Download and Install.’

12. Connect a headset and see if ringer works

If you can’t hear ringer sound with the built-in speakers after trying all of the above steps, but are able to hear ringer sound via the headset when a headset is connected, there could be a problem with your built-in speaker(s).

If you believe an issue is tied to the built-in speakers, then you will most likely have to visit an Apple Store to have your speaker serviced. If the device is under warranty, it should be replaced for free. Otherwise, you may be facing a bench and labor charge.

14. Try Turning Off Calls on Other Devices

If you own other Apple devices and have opted to receive iPhone calls on your Mac, consider turning this feature off to see if it fixes your iPhone 14 not ringing issue. Here’s how:

  1. Start the Settings app and tap Phone.
  2. Tap Calls on Other Devices.
  3. Turn off Allow Calls on Other Devices.

14. Check that it’s not a hardware problem

If absolutely none of the other solutions fixed your iPhone 14 not ringing issue, your phone’s speakers may be damaged in some way. This is especially likely if you’re having trouble playing other audio as well.

If this is the case, go to Apple’s support page and make a Genius Bar reservation to have an Apple technician look at your phone.

Solved iPhone 14 not ringing issue!

The problem of iPhone 14 not ringing can occur without warning, but being armed with the knowledge to handle it can help you to troubleshoot this kind of issue. By now, your iPhone 14 ringing problem should be fixed, ensuring you do not miss future calls. To check, ask a friend or family member to call you.

Have you ever experienced ringer issues on your iOS devices? If so, share what caused them and what fixed them in the comments section below.

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By Moses Johnson Managing Editor
Moses Johnson is the Editorial Director of GeeksModo.com, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. Moses is commonly referred to online as The Professor, with decades of experience in tech under his belt.
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