If you have an iPhone and use headphones to listen to music, you’ve probably seen a “Headphone Safety” message.

If a sound has been too loud for a long time, the iPhone’s Headphone Safety feature alerts the listener and automatically lowers the volume. This feature is meant to protect your hearing from long-term damage caused by loud sounds.

Even though you can raise the level again, the Headphone Safety feature can be annoying and inconvenient, especially when you use Bluetooth speakers instead of headphones to listen to music.

You can turn off Headphone Safety if it has been automatically lowering your sound levels. Here’s what you need to do.

How to Safely Turn Off Your Headphones

If you often listen to loud music with headphones on, we don’t think you should turn off Headphone Safety on your iPhone. What is safety for headphones? If you listen to loud music for a long time, it can hurt your hearing in the long run. Instead, use the Reduce Loud Sounds feature to raise the decibel level. The default decibel level for your headphones is 85, but you can change that with this feature.

Apple suggests that you change your device type to “Speaker” if you use Bluetooth speakers that aren’t built into your phone. You can listen to music at louder volumes without turning off the Headphone Safety feature if you choose either of these two options.

There are two ways to turn off Headphone Safety if you still want to. Do these things:

  1. Click on Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds and Feel.
  3. Tap Headphone Safety next.
  4. Turn off notifications for your headphones.


  1. Click on Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility.
  3. Tap Audio/Visual when you get to the section about hearing.
  4. Turn off notifications for your headphones.

How to Turn Off Safety on Headphones

iPhones with locks

In some countries or regions around the world, you can’t turn off the Headphone Safety notification feature. Also, you can only see the slider to turn off headphone notifications on an iPhone that has been unlocked. But there is a small way around this.

You can change the type of Bluetooth device if you can’t turn them off in your country or region. If you change the device type from “Headphone” to “Other,” notifications won’t be sent to your headphones and your volume won’t be automatically turned down.

How to Change the Type of a Bluetooth Device

  1. Go to Settings from your home screen.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Click the “I” button next to the device that you want to change.
  4. Tap Type of Device.
  5. Choose the item from the list. Here’s what you can do:
    • Car Stereo
    • Headphone
    • Hearing Aid
    • Speaker
    • Other

Follow the steps above if you ever want to change the type of device again.

How to Turn Reduce Loud Sounds on or Off on an iPhone

You might prefer to turn on or off Reduce Loud Sounds instead of turning off Headphone Safety. When this feature is turned on, you can set a maximum decibel level. This setting shows how decibels compare to each other. On the low end, decibels can only be as loud as a vacuum cleaner, and on the high end, they can only be as loud as an ambulance siren. If you turn on these settings, you might get less Headphone Safety notifications.

  1. Click on Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds and Feel.
  3. Tap Headphone Safety next.
  4. Slide the Reduce Loud Sounds button to turn it on or off.

What is safety for headphones?

If you listen to too loud of music on your headphones for too long, it can hurt your hearing. Headphone Safety is an iPhone feature that lets you know when your headphones are on and off. It helps you protect your hearing. If you’ve listened to too much sound in the last 7 days, you’ll get a message telling you to turn down the volume.

After you get the message, the next time you plug in your headphones or connect them over Bluetooth, the volume will be turned down automatically. Only audio falls under the exposure limit. Phone calls don’t count toward how much sound you hear through your headphones. If your iPhone is turning off when a call comes in, there is a way to fix the problem.

How to keep your iPhone from putting calls on mute

Many people have problems with their iPhones where calls that come in are muted and sent straight to voicemail. If you are sure that Do Not Disturb is not turned on, you can try a few things.

First, make sure that neither “Silence Unknown Callers” nor “Call Forwarding” is turned on. Both can be found here:

  • Click on Settings.
  • Click Phone.
  • Scroll down and turn off “Forwarding Phone Calls.”
  • Scroll down and turn off “Silence Calls from Unknown Numbers.”

When Silence Unknown Callers is turned on, calls from unknown numbers, such as those from telemarketers and scammers, will go to voicemail. If you think you might get a call from a real unknown number, you should probably keep this option turned off.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, check the Screen Time setting.

  • In Settings
  • Tap Screen Time
  • Then tap Communication Limits and, if asked, enter the passcode.
  • Everyone should be chosen for both During Screen Time and During Downtime.

During Screen Time and Downtime, you can block some phone calls if you have Screen Time turned on. Set both to everyone to make sure you don’t miss any calls.

If you’re still having trouble, the Do Not Disturb setting is the most obvious place to look. You should turn this off. Also, make sure that your volume isn’t turned all the way down to 0.