Speaker Not Working on Android (Easy 9 Tips) Fixed!

Is your Android phone’s speaker silent or distorted? Or is the speaker not working? Then Don’t panic! Most speaker issues can be fixed with simple troubleshooting.

This guide will walk you through common causes and solutions to get your sound back on track.

Signs of a Speaker Malfunction

image of smartphone speaker grill

If your speaker isn’t working properly, you might experience:

  • No sound at all from your phone, even at high volume.
  • Distorted or muffled sound, making audio unclear.
  • Sound coming from unexpected places like the earpiece when the speakerphone is enabled.

How I Fixed It

Here is what I did to fix the Android phone speaker.
First, I checked my phone volume and ensured it was not connected to any Bluetooth device or had headphones plugged in by checking the top notification bar for any headphone or earphone icon.

screenshot showing headphone icon stucked on android

After that, I simply restarted my device three times, removed all the background apps, and then cleared all the cached data on Android. Lastly, I suggest using a speaker cleaner app.

screenshot of google play store searched for speaker cleaner

These apps have specific audios at specific frequencies which, when played, clean the speaker grill if there are any water particles.

image of two phone with microphone, speaker and charging port showing

If nothing works, you need to visit a nearby service center. However, you should try booting your smartphone into safe mode and check if the sound works. If it does, then a recently installed app is likely causing the error.

My Go-To Troubleshooting Steps for Speaker Stopped

When my speaker acts up, here’s what I do, in order:

Basic Checks

screenshot of sounds and vibration menu
do not distrub mode highlighted from settings
screenshot of bluetooth turned on with all device listed
  1. I always start by checking my volume and mute settings. It’s embarrassing how often this solves the problem!
  2. I make sure Do Not Disturb is off.
  3. I disconnect any Bluetooth devices.
  4. I check individual app sound settings, especially for apps I use frequently.
  5. I remove my phone case and inspect the speaker grill. A quick cleaning with a soft brush often helps.

Pro Thing: Speaker Cleaning Apps

This is exactly what you should do if you think there’s any dust or foreign particle in the speaker grill, which makes your phone difficult to ring or sound louder. I personally use an app called ‘Speaker Cleaner,’ which plays high-frequency sounds from both the main speaker and the earpiece speaker. So, you should give it a try.

screenshot of speaker cleaner with volume booster app from google play store
screenshot of speaker cleaner
screenshot of vibrate cleaner

Some apps like “Speaker Cleaner” or “SoundAbout” can help clear speaker blockages or reset audio paths.

Software Solutions

If the basics don’t work, I move on to:

  1. Restarting my phone. This fixes so many random issues, it’s almost magical.
  2. Checking for and installing software updates. I learned my lesson about keeping these current!
  3. Booting into Safe Mode. This helped me identify a problematic app once, though it took some googling to figure out how to do it on my specific model.
  4. As a last resort, I consider a factory reset. I’ve only had to do this once, and while it was a pain to set everything up again, it did solve my persistent audio issues.

Hardware Solutions

If I suspect a hardware problem:

  1. I carefully clean the speaker grill. I use a soft brush and avoid compressed air, which I learned can sometimes push debris further in.
  2. If all else fails, I seek professional repair. After a disastrous attempt at DIY repair (don’t ask), I now leave this to the experts.
screenshot of volume menu for notifications, calls, and system and alarm

Remember, these are just my personal experiences and methods. Your mileage may vary, and when in doubt, always consult your phone’s manual or a professional!

Pro Tips to Fix

Thing 1: Clear Cache: Not this is something everyone should try, simply Go to Settings > Storage > Cached Data > Clear Cache. Alternatively, clear the cache of specific apps that might be causing the issue (Settings > Apps > [App Name] > Storage > Clear Cache).

screenshot of storage menu with consumption

Thing 2: Safe Mode: So here is what safe mode does: it basically disables all externally installed apps and keeps only the system apps. If any app is interfering with the phone’s speaker, it will be disabled. If the speaker starts working, that obviously means that the app you recently installed or updated is causing the issue.

safe mode gif in fun way

Detailed instructions on how to boot into Safe Mode: Press and hold the power button > Press and hold the “Power off” option > Select “OK” to reboot into Safe Mode.

If the speaker works in Safe Mode, uninstall recently installed apps that might be causing the issue.

Thing 3: Check for Water Damage: If the device has been exposed to water, let it dry completely. Placing the phone in a bag of uncooked rice or silica gel packets can help absorb moisture.

Thing 4: Check Speaker Connections: If you’re comfortable opening your device (warranty might be voided), ensure the speaker connectors inside are properly attached.

Additional Tips

  • Some Android devices have built-in diagnostic tools to test speaker functionality. Consult your user manual for details (specific instructions might vary depending on the model).
  • If none of these solutions work, referring to your phone’s user manual or contacting the manufacturer’s support can provide additional.

Common Causes of Speaker Issues on Android: My Personal Experience

In my years of using Android phones, I’ve encountered speaker problems more times than I’d like to admit. I’ve found there are typically three main categories of issues:

These are often the easiest to fix, and I’ve been guilty of a few myself:

  • Low volume or mute enabled: I can’t count the number of times I’ve panicked about my speaker not working, only to realize I’d accidentally hit the mute switch. Now, I always double-check my volume buttons first thing.
  • Do Not Disturb mode active: Once, I missed several important calls because I forgot I had Do Not Disturb mode on. It’s a lifesaver for meetings, but a pain if you forget about it!
  • Bluetooth connection directing audio elsewhere: This one tripped me up recently. My phone kept connecting to my car’s Bluetooth even when I was at home, stealing all my audio. Now I’m much more mindful of my Bluetooth connections.
  • App-specific sound settings turned off: I once couldn’t figure out why a particular game had no sound. Turns out, I’d muted it within the app settings weeks ago and forgotten about it.
  • Phone case blocking the speaker grill: I learned this the hard way with a waterproof case. The audio quality improved dramatically when I took it off.
auto speaker cleaner for android speaker

There Might Be Software Issues

I’ve had my fair share of software-related speaker problems:

  • Outdated phone software: I used to be lazy about updates, but after a particularly annoying audio bug that an update fixed, I’m now religious about keeping my phone’s OS current.
  • Conflicting app or system glitch: Once, a meditation app I downloaded somehow interfered with my entire phone’s audio system. Uninstalling it solved the problem immediately.

Now Hardware Issues Is A Big Thing

These are the ones that always make me nervous:

  • Physical damage from water or drops: I’ve had the misfortune of dropping my phone in a puddle once. The speaker never quite recovered, even after drying it out.
  • Blocked speaker grill due to dust or debris: Living in a dusty area, I’ve learned to regularly check and clean my speaker grill. It’s amazing how much gunk can accumulate!
  • Internal hardware malfunction: This happened to my old phone after years of use. The speaker just gave out one day, and I had to get it professionally repaired.


That’s it for the blog post today. I tried showing you all the proven ways to fix Android sound not working, also known as the speaker not playing any audio. These tricks have been practiced and tested on devices running Android 9, Android 11, and Android 14 from the respective brands: Samsung, Tecno, and Huawei. I hope you found the information helpful. If you did, please let me know in the comments section below. Have a nice day! Before you go, if you still have the issue, feel free to contact us from this page.

Kunal Kashyap, the tech guru behind FixItKunal.com, 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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