How to Make Both Speakers Work on an iPhone

By Chad Buleen

Although some people desperately want to be able to make both speakers on an iPhone work, the fact is that they will never be able to, due to a basic misunderstanding. While some users believe that iPhones have two speakers on their bottom, this is not true. There is one speaker; the other "speaker" is actually a microphone.Despite this, there is a fairly simple way (in addition to using the volume control) to make an iPhone louder when listening to music or using the speakerphone function.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle

Step 1

Turn the volume all the way up by pressing the volume control on the side of the phone. Listen to music or try to have a conversation on the speakerphone. If the volume seems to be good enough, you may not want to follow the rest of the steps. However, if you are desperate for a louder sound, continue to the next step.

Step 2

Find a small, fine needle. The needle should be smaller than the needles that are placed in sewing machines, and should be smaller than the sharp edges of bobby pins. These needles can often be found in sewing sets. Choose the needle with the finest point you can find.

Step 3

Turn the phone upside down and locate the speaker on the bottom of the phone. Make sure you have located the speaker and not the microphone. They look exactly alike; however, the microphone is located on the right side (when you are looking at it from the front of the phone), and the speaker is located on the left.

Step 4

Place the pin into the speaker one time. Listen to some music on the iPhone and see if it is now loud enough for you. If it still needs to be louder, poke the speaker with the pin a couple more times. Each time the pin is placed into the speaker, the thin plastic that covers the speaker is punctured. This, in turn, allows more sound to escape.

Step 5

Stop poking when the desired sound is achieved. Although poking the speaker several times can amplify the iPhone's speaker up to 40 percent, this may be too much. It is important to remember that something like this is extremely difficult to undo.