How to Turn Off Headphone Mode in Android Phones?

It sometimes happens that you see the headphones connected symbol being constant on your status bar, even if headphones are not connected. Or maybe, you don’t see that symbol but you cannot make any calls normally, without putting it on the loudspeaker. Things like these can happen for any Android smartphone brands, be it Samsung, Xiaomi, Sony, Moto or something else. These really mess with your head all the time, don’t they?

Here, I am going to discuss some of the common scenarios when your android phone might get into headphone mode and how to fix the issue.

The constantly enabled headphone mode can occur for different reasons, such as – Hardware issues, Software issues, and Headphone Driver issues. Let me explain the common causes and their rapid solutions.

It sometimes happens that you see the headphones connected symbol being constant on your status bar, even if headphones are not connected. Or maybe, you don’t see that symbol but you cannot make any calls normally, without putting it on the loudspeaker. Things like these can happen for any Android smartphone brands, be it Samsung, Xiaomi, Sony, Moto or something else. These really mess with your head all the time, don’t they?

Here, I am going to discuss some of the common scenarios when your android phone might get into headphone mode and how to fix the issue.

Headphones driver issues

The problem may lie with a specific headphone set. Try to plug in some other models to check if it is really the android’s problem.

Quick Fix

Disconnect your headphones and reboot the android at once. It might help renewing usual settings by clearing the cache. If it still does not work, it might be the specific headphone’s problem. Check with other headphones for certainty.

Hardware issues

The headphone plug might be full of dust or broken in some cases. If your android phone is not waterproof and still got into contact with water, it can affect the headphones port easily.

Quick Fix

If it’s a hardware issue, you can try to clean the port with real caution. Try to rub the port with the tip of an earbud dipped in alcohol, for a smooth and clear result. Some people suggest blowing puffs of graphite into the hole, but I have never used it personally. 

If the port is broken somehow, do not try to fix it by yourself as it might increase the damage even more. Take it to the service center or to a professional and get it fixed.

Software issues

Any recent update of the OS or in some cases outdated android versions create headphones compatibility issues.

Quick Fix

If it is solely a software/sensor issue, you can get help from some outside software that can override the sensory settings of the android. You would have to set the media outputs for the headphones and phone calls for earpieces. But only install them if you are sure they won’t mess up any other software settings for your android.

Different smartphone brands might have different headphone settings. But the techniques discussed here might be useful for your issue. I hope these quick fixes work for your problems and you have a smooth android-headphones relationship all the while!

Vitaly Fedorov

Vitaly Fedorov is a seasoned audio technician and writer. After spending ten years in a studio team, I have decided to spread my knowledge to people in this domain. On this site, I work for headphone fixing or repair issues, that you’re thinking about fixing. Click on any article on my site and read the complete answer about that issue. I am excited to read your feedback.

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