Get help with the microphones on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Follow these steps for help with your device's microphones. For example, you might sound unclear during phone calls or FaceTime calls, or Siri might be unable to detect your voice.

With your iOS device, you might experience one of these issues when you make a call, use FaceTime or Siri, or play recorded audio:

  • People can't hear you during a phone or FaceTime call
  • You sound unclear to others during a phone or FaceTime call
  • Siri is unable to detect voice feedback when prompted 
  • When playing back recorded audio, the sound you hear is unclear, or you don’t hear sound 

Test the microphones on your device

To find out if there’s an issue with the microphone on your device—and not your cellular connection or the app that you're using—test each microphone. Microphone location can vary by device. You can use your product's technical specifications to find the microphones.


There is more than one microphone on your iPhone.

To test the primary microphone on the bottom of your iPhone, open Voice Memos and tap the record icon. Then speak into the microphone and tap the play icon to play back the recording. You should be able to hear your voice clearly.

If your voice sounds faint when you’re using the speakerphone on a phone call, make sure that your iPhone receiver isn’t blocked or covered.

If audio from video recordings sounds faint, or Siri can’t hear you, make sure that the microphone near the iSight camera—on the top, back corner of your iPhone—and the receiver isn’t blocked or covered.


To test the microphone on your iPad, record a video using the Camera app, then play back the recording. You can also use FaceTime to make a video or audio call to test the sound quality.

iPod touch

To test the microphone on your iPod touch, open Voice Memos. Tap the record icon, speak into the microphone, then tap the play icon to play back the recording. You should be able to hear your voice clearly.

Get help

If you still have issues after testing the microphone on your device, try these steps:

  1. Unplug any accessory plugged into the headset jack.
  2. Avoid blocking the microphone and iSight mic with your fingers while holding the device or recording video.
  3. Remove screen protectors, films, or cases that cover the microphone, iSight mic, or iPhone receiver.
  4. Clear any debris from the microphones or iPhone receiver. Refer to the user guide for your device on microphone locations.
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Make sure you have the latest version of iOS.

If you've tried these steps and people still can't hear you on phone or FaceTime calls or Siri doesn’t hear your requests, contact Apple Support.

FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.

Published Date:Tue Jan 17 15:13:45 GMT 2017