Fix #2: The Ol' Standby
Just like any hardware device, the iPhone has a fix for pretty much anything that can be completed in one easy step. It is, of course, restoring your iPhone back to its original factory settings, and this seems pretty scary for a first time user, but it's really not that big of a deal. Here's how:
- Plug your iPhone into your computer and make sure you have the latest version of iTunes running.
- After it's plugged in, open up iTunes and highlight your iPhone on the sidebar.
- Choose the "Summary" tab on the right hand side.
- Choose the "Restore" option.
- At this point it will ask you some questions, such as whether or not you want to back up your phone in case something goes wrong. This generally isn't necessary, but you can't go wrong with going safe. After all, it's better safe than sorry!
- Now it will confirm whether or not you want to restore it. Know that this WILL erase all music and data on your iPhone.
- If you're okay with this, click "Restore"
- After the restore is complete, you'll be able to get back all of your contacts and whatnot via a handy function built into iTunes.
- Proceed to check and see if it's still stuck in headphones mode.
- If it is fixed, you can add all of your music back and everything is good!
Now, it's worth noting that while this fixes most other iPhone issues, for some reason the whole "can't hear without headphones" thing has a slightly less impressive success rate. Thankfully, the first fix makes up for this.