Tuesday, May 15, 2012

iPhone: Broken Mute Switch / Bypass Silent Toggle

I inherited a much-appreciated iPhone 3GS recently with the warning that it came with some minor problems, including a silent switch that didn't work. 

The symptom:  while it works in the "on" position, the "off" position was unreliable or irritating as it would go crazy vibrating as it contanstly switched on and off from silent.

The solution:

1)  Download and install "SBSettings" from Cydia.  (Oh yeah, jailbreak your iPhone first).

2)  Download and install "Ringer/Silent SBSettings" from Cydia.

Now when you swipe the top of your iPhone screen, you will see a picture of a bell.  This will toggle between muting and ringing.

Since the switch always worked in the "on" state, I just always leave the switch on and use the toggle to make it turn on or off.  How you use this software will depend on what exactly is happening with your switch, but you'll figure out what's best for you.

The good thing about this fix is that it works for all versions of iPhones.  There's rumor of an "AutoSilent" app that does wonders, but it wouldn't work on my iPhone.


  1. I have an iPhone 3G with the same issue. Just followed your instructions and I can silent mi Phone once again!!!!

    Thank you very much!!

  2. Worked for me too!! Thank you!!

  3. This has been happening to my iPhone 3GS for a few months but it was never bad enough to warrant an attempt to fix it. Yesterday I dropped it and ever since it was the most annoying thing I have ever encountered. When I got to work today the phone decided to switch the ringer on by itself making my iPhone game's sound come out at full blast. Needless to say, it was embarrassing. Installed this and it works like a charm, thank you!

  4. I dropped my phone about a year ago and it has been stuck in silent mode....until now. Just followed your instructions and I can now have sound again.


  5. Hi,

    This small article has fixed the same annoying problem happened to everyone here.

    Thanks for this very helpful solution, it worked for me on iPhone 4 iOS 5.1.1

    Best regards,
    Mohamed A.Karim