How to mute iPhone if Silent Mode is broken or not working?

You can put your (mute iPhone if Silent Mode is broken or not working) iPhone into silent mode or vibrate-only mode even if the Ring / Silent switch on the left side of your device is not working or is disabled. We show you how.

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Image configuration shows iPhone’s physical silent switch not working but still on in silent mode using AssistiveTouch.

AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that places a floating button on the iPhone screen. Tapping this virtual button gives you access to many useful features and controls such as silence / mute your phone, take screenshots, open Control Center, change the volume, invoke Siri, Lock the device, rotate the screen, enter the App Switcher, and restart your iPhone and more.

Here’s how to quickly put your iPhone into mute, silent, or vibrate mode without using a physical button:

  • Open the Settings app and tap Accessibility
  • Tap Touch > AssistiveTouch
  • Enable the AssistiveTouch switch. Immediately, you will see a gray translucent button on the iPhone screen
  • Now, tap on the floating button > Device > Mute to turn on silent mode on your iPhone

Mute iPhone with AssistiveTouch Make it faster

As you can see in Step 4 above, you have to make three clicks to put your iPhone into silent mode. If you rarely do this, that’s okay. But if you want to speed up this process, you can even enable silent mode in 1, 2, or even 1 click! Here’s how:

Activate silent mode in 2 clicks

  • Go to the Settings app > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch.
  • Click Customize Top Level Menu and choose one of six positions. You can also click the plus (+) button to add up to two new points.
  • Now select Mute from the list of system actions and tap Done.
  • From now on, you can click on the AssistiveTouch button and find the mute switch on its first screen. So, now you can put your iPhone into the silent mode with just two clicks.
  • Enable silent mode with a single tap, double tap, or long press
  • Make sure you are in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch.
  • Press once, and instead of opening the menu, set it to mute. From now on, just tapping the AssistiveTouch button once will put your iPhone into vibrate mode.
  • Similarly, you can set the mute action to double tap or long press.

  • Set one-click AssistiveTouch to mute your iPhone

This is how you can set your iPhone to silent mode, mute mode, or vibrate mode (whatever term you use) even when the physical switch fails.

AssistiveTouch is highly customizable, and we have an easy step-by-step tutorial that covers that. So make sure you see that to make the most of this underrated feature.

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