No Ringtone on iPhone? Here Are 9 Fixes To Try

No Ringtone on iPhone Incoming Call Screen iOS

Just because there’s no ringtone on your iPhone doesn’t automatically mean its speakers are busted. Several software issues could cause this problem. So before calling for repairs, follow these troubleshooting steps—they worked for me when incoming calls weren’t ringing.

Why Is My iPhone Not Ringing When I Get a Call?

If your iPhone is not ringing when a call comes in, check if it’s on Silent Mode or Airplane Mode. Also, disconnect it from your Bluetooth speakers or AirPods. Otherwise, your ringtone will come out of these devices instead of your phone’s built-in speakers.

How Do I Get My iPhone Ringer Back On?

Here are some solutions to the most likely reasons why there’s no ringtone on your iPhone:

1. Turn On Change With Buttons

Time needed: 3 minutes

If the volume buttons only affect your iPhone’s media volume, you might have turned off the Change with Buttons option. You can’t adjust your ringer through the side buttons and Control Center while it’s disabled. Here’s how to turn on Change with Buttons on your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics.

    The Sounds and Haptics Option in iOS Settings App

  2. Toggle on the Change with Buttons feature under the Ringtone and Alerts section.

    The Change With Buttons Function on Sounds and Haptics iOS Settings

  3. Likewise, you can manually adjust the ringer volume slider.

    Turn Up Ringer Volume Slider Because No Ringtone on iPhone

2. Test Different Ringtones

Check which ringtones are inaudible on your iPhone. You might’ve set a weird alert that barely produces anything unless the ringer volume is at maximum. Also, test if the custom ringtones you exported from GarageBand still work.

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone.
    Adjusting Tones and Alerts Because No Ringtone on iPhone
  2. See if your ringer works again after switching through different alerts a few times.
    Swiping Through Different Default and Custom Ringtones iOS
  3. Export new ringtones from GarageBand if you’re having trouble with your custom tones.
Note icon NOTE
Always double-check custom ringtones before using them. The sounds you create on GarageBand won’t work if you mess up while recording or exporting them.

3. Remove Your Custom Ringtones for Specific Contacts

If your iPhone doesn’t ring only when specific people call, check your custom ringtones. You might have set a buggy tone exported from GarageBand or a soft, inaudible built-in alert.

  1. Go to the Phone app > Contacts > [contact’s name].
    Contact Person Girl on Contacts App of iPhone
  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen, open Ringtone, and then switch through different tones.
    Adjusting the Custom Ringtones on Contacts Because No Ringtone on iPhone

4. Turn Off Calls on Other Devices

The Calls on Other Devices feature lets you make and receive calls from any Apple device signed in to your iCloud account. Although convenient, it could also cause interference. Some calls might not ring on all your devices, so turn it off while troubleshooting.

  1. Go to Settings > Phone and scroll down to Calls on Other Devices.
    Selecting the Phone Settings Section in the iOS Settings App
  2. Toggle off the Allow Calls on Other Devices button.
    Turn On and Off Calls on Other Devices Because No Ringtone on iPhone

5. Disable Call Forwarding

Call Forwarding lets you redirect calls to another mobile or landline number, so no, you won’t hear your iPhone ringtone while it’s enabled. See if you accidentally left it running.

  1. Go to Settings > Phone and scroll down to Call Forwarding.
    The Call Forwarding Section on iOS Settings App
  2. Toggle off the button for Call Forwarding, although you don’t have to erase the information under Forward To.
    The Toggle Button for the Call Forwarding Feature

6. See if Silence Unknown Callers Is On

Silence Unknown Callers automatically turns off the ringer for unregistered numbers. You can still see and answer calls, unlike Call Forwarding, but you’ll hear no ringtone from your iPhone. Also, your ringer will still play for your registered contacts.

  1. Go to Settings > Phone and scroll down to Silence Unknown Callers.
    The Section for Silence Unknown Callers in iOS Settings
  2. Turn off the toggle button for Silence Unknown Callers.
    The Toggle Button for Silence Unknown Callers on iOS Settings

7. Adjust Your Do No Disturb Settings

Turn off Do Not Disturb because it silences phone notifications.

  1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center.
    Swipe Down on Control Center for the Focus Button
  2. Select Focus > Do Not Disturb. If the crescent moon icon turns blue, then Do Not Disturb is already disabled.
    Tap On and Off Focus Button in Control Center Because No Ringtone on iPhone

Adjust your profile settings to allow incoming calls while using Do Not Disturb.

  1. Go to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb > People.
    Opening the People Section in the Do Not Disturb iOS Configuration Settings
  2. Configure the people under Silence Notice From or Allow Notifications From so that only specific contacts are silenced.
    Allow Notifications From and Silence Notifications From on iOS Settings iPhone
  3. Tap Allow Calls From to limit incoming calls to your registered contacts, favorites, or specific individuals.
    Allow Calls From Do Not Disturb Settings on iOS App
  4. Turn on Allow Repeated Calls to enable the ringer for people who make consecutive calls within three minutes.
    Turn On and Off Allow Repeated Calls Feature iOS

8. Check Your Blocked Contacts

If incoming calls from specific contacts aren’t pushing through, you might have accidentally blocked them on your phone. Check your blocked contacts while troubleshooting.

  1. Open Settings > Phone > Blocked Contacts.
    Opening the Blocked Contacts Section on iOS Settings App
  2. Tap Edit at the top-right corner of the screen > [blocked contact’s name] > Unblock.
    Unblocking a Blocked Contact on iOS Settings App

9. Reset to Factory Settings

As a last-ditch resort, reset your iPhone to factory settings. Doing so will revert any custom settings interfering with your incoming calls. There are several ways to factory reset your iPhone, but the quickest is through your iOS Settings app.

  1. Go to Settings > General and scroll down to Transfer or Reset iPhone.
    Transfer or Reset iPhone in the General iOS Settings
  2. Tap Reset > Reset All Settings. You can also choose Erase All Content and Settings, but you’ll lose all your files during the process. Ensure you back up all your data beforehand.
    Reset All the Settings on an iOS Device Back to Factory Settings

What Does It Mean When You Call Someone and It Doesn’t Ring at All?

If you call someone and there’s no ringtone, they’re likely on another call. Wait a few minutes before contacting them again. But if you still don’t hear a ringtone, they might have turned off their phone, enabled Do Not Disturb, sent your call to voicemail, or blocked your number entirely.

Hopefully, your ringer will start working again after troubleshooting. But if your iPhone’s volume keeps increasing and decreasing randomly, you’ll have to try another set of steps.

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