How to Fix Ear Speaker Not Working on Android

This is exactly how you can fix the earpiece speaker not working on Android devices. The earpiece speaker is the one used for hearing sound from the top of your Android during calls. If there is no sound coming from that area, this is what you need to do in the easiest way.

This guide will walk you through troubleshooting steps to fix a malfunctioning ear speaker on your Android phone.

Here’s Quickest Way to Fix

screenshot of playing an audio from whatsapp

To start fixing the earpiece speaker not working, you need to ensure whether it is happening only during calls or with all other apps. To check this, you can use Instagram or WhatsApp, send an audio message to yourself, play it, and put the phone to your ear. This will transmit the sound from the main speaker to the earpiece and let you know whether the problem is with your device or the other phone’s device during calls.

Use headphones or earphones if in a hurry, restart your device thrice, clear the cache, and test your earpiece and earphone.

Most commonly, due to dirt or foreign particles, the earpiece area gets covered with dust, preventing sound from coming out.

dust in the ear speaker closeup image

Alternatively, you may have decreased your volume to a level where there is no sound.

screenshot of making a call with low volume for the ear speaker

To fix this, I simply installed an app with an option to clear the dirt from the speaker.

When you play a particular sound from the app, it automatically removes some dirt particles. Alternatively, you can use a soft brush or cotton to clean the earpiece.

How To Fix the Ear Speaker (Earpiece) Not Working

Fix 1: Volume Verification: The Silent Culprit

screenshot of making a call with low volume for the ear speaker
screenshot of making a call with increased volume to max

When I first encounter ear speaker issues, I always start here. It’s surprising how often this seemingly obvious step solves the problem. I’ve learned that Android phones have multiple volume controls – one for media, one for ringtones, and critically, one for in-call volume. I’ve found that the in-call volume can sometimes be adjusted independently during a call, so I always make a test call to my voicemail. This allows me to check and adjust the in-call volume in real-time.

Fix 2: The Art of Speaker Cleaning

Cleaning the ear speaker is more of an art than a science, in my experience. The key is to be thorough yet gentle. I use a soft-bristled brush, like an unused toothbrush, and gently brush in multiple directions over the speaker grill.

earpiece speaker with dust
earpiece speaker after cleaning the dust

Sometimes, I’ll use a slightly dampened cotton swab for stubborn debris, but I’m always careful not to let any moisture enter the speaker itself. I’ve learned that isopropyl alcohol can be effective for removing oily residues, but it must be used sparingly and allowed to fully evaporate before testing the speaker.

Fix3:  Safe Mode: Detective Work in Action

safe mode gif in fun way

Booting into Safe Mode is like being a detective in your own phone. It’s fascinating to see how your device behaves when stripped down to its essential functions. In Safe Mode, all third-party apps are disabled, allowing you to determine if a downloaded app is causing your speaker issues. I’ve found it particularly useful to keep a log of recently installed apps before entering Safe Mode. This way, if the problem disappears in Safe Mode, I can methodically reinstall apps one by one, testing the speaker each time, to pinpoint the culprit.

Fix 4: The Do Not Disturb Dilemma

do not distrub mode highlighted from settings

In my experience, the Do Not Disturb feature can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s fantastic for uninterrupted sleep or meetings, but it’s easy to forget it’s on. I once missed an entire day of important calls because of this! What’s more, I’ve discovered that some Android versions have multiple levels of Do Not Disturb, each affecting calls and notifications differently. I always dive into the settings to ensure I understand exactly how my current Do Not Disturb configuration is set up.

Fix 5: Bluetooth: The Invisible Audio Thief

screenshot of bluetooth turned on with all device listed
screenshot of bluetooth turned on with all device listed

Bluetooth technology has improved dramatically over the years, but with that improvement comes complexity. Modern Android phones can remember multiple Bluetooth devices and sometimes connect to them automatically when in range. I’ve had situations where my phone was connected to a Bluetooth speaker two rooms away, silently playing all my audio there instead of through the phone’s speaker. Now, I not only check if Bluetooth is on, but I also review the list of connected devices in my Bluetooth settings.

Fix 6: The Software Update Solution

phone updates

Software updates are not just about new features; they often include crucial bug fixes and optimizations. I’ve encountered situations where a software update specifically addressed audio issues I was experiencing. However, I’ve also learned to be cautious with updates. Sometimes, a new update can introduce new problems. That’s why I always research the update online and check user forums before installing, especially if my phone is working fine otherwise.

Fix 7: Accessibility Settings: The Hidden Influencers

The Accessibility section in Android settings is a treasure trove of features that can dramatically alter how your phone behaves, including audio output. I once discovered that the “Mono Audio” setting was causing my ear speaker to sound muffled.

balanced audio from left and right side settings

Another time, I found that the “Sound Balance” was shifted entirely to one side. These settings are designed to help users with specific needs, but they can sometimes be toggled accidentally. I make it a point to explore this section thoroughly, understanding each option and its potential impact on audio output.

Fix 8: Noise Cancellation

In my experience, noise cancellation can be a double-edged sword. While it’s great for reducing background noise, I’ve found it can sometimes interfere with the ear speaker’s clarity. I remember once when my callers sound muffled, and it took me ages to realize it was due to overzealous noise cancellation. Now, whenever I face ear speaker issues, I always check this setting. On most Android phones, I navigate to Settings > Sound & vibration > Noise reduction (though the exact path can vary). I toggle it off and test with a call. The difference can be quite surprising!

Fix 9: Service Menu for Diagnostic

Accessing the service menu feels like unlocking a secret level in a game. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it can be incredibly useful. I’ve learned that the code to access this menu varies by manufacturer.

lte volte 5g and 4g and other connections settings

On my Samsung, I use *#0*#, while on some other Android phones, *#*#4636#*#* does the trick. Once in, I look for the speaker test option. This direct hardware test has helped me distinguish between software and hardware issues more times than I can count. Just remember, tread carefully in these menus – they’re powerful tools!

Fix 10: The VoIP Conundrum

lte volte 5g and 4g and other connections settings

VoIP apps have become an integral part of our communication, but they can sometimes be the root of our audio woes. I recall a time when my ear speaker worked fine for regular calls but failed during WhatsApp calls. It took me a while to realize the app was the culprit. Now, when troubleshooting, I temporarily uninstall VoIP apps like Skype, WhatsApp, or Viber. It’s a bit inconvenient, sure, but it has helped me isolate issues several times. If the problem disappears after uninstalling, I know where to focus my attention.

Fix 11: Accessibility Settings

Accessibility features are fantastic for those who need them, but they can sometimes interfere with normal operation if accidentally enabled. I once had a situation where my ear speaker was barely audible. After hours of frustration, I discovered that an accessibility setting was rerouting audio to a non-existent hearing aid! Now, I always check Settings > Accessibility, looking for any audio-related options that might be enabled. It’s like a scavenger hunt, but the prize is a properly functioning phone!

Fix 12: The VoLTE and VoWiFi Puzzle

mobile network settings screenshot including volte 4-5G

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) are wonderful technologies, but they can sometimes conflict with traditional cellular audio. I’ve encountered situations where calls sounded great on regular cellular but were problematic on VoLTE. To troubleshoot, I go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Networks and experiment with toggling these settings. It’s like tuning an old radio – sometimes you have to fiddle with the settings to get the perfect sound!

(Optional) Additional Tips

  • Some manufacturers offer diagnostic tools to test the speaker functionality. Check your device settings or manufacturer’s website for such tools.
  • If the ear speaker is still not working, you can use headphones or speaker phones for calls as a temporary solution.


This is exactly what I did to fix my earpiece speaker not working on any Android device. These are the practical, proven tips and tricks that you should follow whenever you face this problem on your phone. I have personally tried them on my Samsung M33 5G and Tecno Camon i, and after trying out these steps, I found that they work for all those devices.

The list above, like fix 1 to fix 12, is arranged in the proper order. Start from 1 and go up to 12 if nothing works at the beginning.

That’s it for the blog post today. I hope you found it helpful. If you have any doubts or questions, please let me know in the comment section below.

Kunal Kashyap, the tech guru behind, simplifies complex tech issues with clear and user-friendly guides. With expertise in Android, iOS, and more, his tutorials empower users to tackle tech problems confidently. Kunal's engaging style makes technology accessible to both beginners and experts. Beyond tech, he explores psychology and keeps up with tech and business trends awarded by the Government and Namita Thapar.

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