How To Unsilence Calls On iPhone [7 Easy Ways]

Everyone carries their mobile device everywhere. Be it at meetings, work, outdoors… anywhere for that matter. Now, depending on the situation, you would leave your iPhone either silenced or unsilenced. This is done to either be alerted or choose to not be alerted of phone calls, text messages, or other notifications. While this is all good,  there can be times when you kind of miss some important calls nearly throughout the day even though you aren’t busy with anything important. Today, we will be looking at how to unsilence calls on iPhone.

Missing out on critical calls on your phone can sometimes be a headache. Considering that you will have to find out a reason as to why you couldn’t pick up your call. Simply stating that it was on its mute or silenced mode won’t be a satisfying answer at all. Sometimes, it could be possible that you might have manually set up a particular schedule as to when your iPhone turns silent and thus was not able to take the call. Whatever the reason may be, you can follow these ways to unsilence calls on your iPhone.

Flip the Ring Switch

All iPhones have a silence switch that is present on the left side. This is a simple and quick use switch for when you wish to silence your iPhone from any alerts and calls. So, to unsilence the iPhone for calls, simply slide the switch to the right side. The iPhone will now be unsilenced for calls.

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Adjust Sound Volume

Sometimes, if your iPhone’s media and sound volumes are either low or on mute, chances are high that you might not hear the ringtone of your iPhone. So, what you can do is simply press the volume up button that is present on the side of your iPhone. Crank the sound to a higher volume, and you should now be able to hear your iPhone ringing when someone’s calling you.

how to unsilence calls on iphone

Disable Bedtime Status

This is an app that tracks how many hours you sleep at night. Yes, it’s a pretty cool feature that can help you in a very good manner. But, do you also know that this also means that it will silence all your phone calls and alerts when the feature is on? Here is how you can turn this feature off.

how to unsilence calls on iphone
  1. On the home screen tap on the Clock app to launch it.
  2. Now, tap on the Bedtime tab.
  3. Under the Schedule option, select the Bedtime or Wake Up option.
  4. In the top right corner, you will see a toggle that says Bedtime Schedule.
  5. Simply tap on the toggle to turn the feature off.

Turn off DND Mode

You can still have DND enabled and be able to unsilence calls on your iPhone. On the DND settings page with the toggle set to On, tap on the Phone option, followed by Allow All Calls from. Here, you can choose to select your important contacts on your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen.
  2. Now scroll and select the Do Not Disturb option.
  3. Make sure to tap on the Do Not Disturb toggle to off.

Unsilence Unknown Calls on iPhone

Your iPhone by default will silence calls from numbers that are unknown or for that matter even those that are not saved to your Contacts list. You can however change this setting and let your iPhone ring whenever there’s an incoming call from an unknown number.

how to unsilence calls on iphone
  1. Launch the Settings app and select the Phone option.
  2. Now in the Phone settings page scroll till you find the Silence Unknown Callers option.
  3. When you find it, tap on the toggle next to it and turn the switch off.
  4. Your iPhone will now ring whenever unknown callers ring you up.

Disconnect Bluetooth Devices

The other reason why you might think that your calls could be silenced is when the phone is connected to any Bluetooth headset. In this case, the phone would be ringing, but you’d hear the alert through your headsets. Simply turn the Bluetooth off on your iPhone when not in use. This can be done by bringing up the Control Panel and tapping on the Bluetooth icon to switch it off.

Bonus: If Silent Slider is not working

If the physical silent button on your iPhone is not working, then you can enable Assistive Touch from Accessibilities, then turn off the silent mode if enabled.


And these are the different ways you can follow to unsilence calls on your iPhone. No matter how simple and easy it is to change the settings to off, these can also be turned on at any point in time by you. So it’s always best to check the settings if you won’t be next to your phone at all times. Have any queries? Feel free to leave them in the comment below.

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