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How to Turn Off Headphone Safety on iPhone

Written by, Adavelli Muninder

Updated September, 21, 2022

If you like listening to music or binge-watch series on your way to work or school with your headphones on, then your iPhone has probably already warned you to turn your volume off. 

In this article, we’ll explain how to turn off headphone safety on iPhone, how the feature works, and whether it’s a good idea to deactivate it altogether.

What Is Headphone Safety On An iPhone?

The iPhone’s ‘headphone safety’ feature is Apple’s way of protecting your eardrums.

The feature, which was introduced with iOS 14, tracks how long you use your headphones and at what volume. If you listen to music that’s at the maximum sound level (or higher than the default) for a prolonged period, your phone will automatically lower it and send you a warning notification. 

Listening to anything that exceeds 80 decibels for 8 consecutive hours a day over 7 days will trigger a warning, except for calls; the exposure limit only applies to media audio.

How To Turn Off Volume Warning on iPhone

If you no longer want to receive ‘headphone safety’ notifications from your phone: 

  1. Go to Home Screen.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  1. Tap Headphone Safety.
  1. Turn Headphone Notifications on or off.

You can also turn off the ‘Reduce Loud Sounds’ feature, which automatically lowers your headphone volumes when it exceeds a set decibel level.

You can use this method to turn off headphone safety on iPhone 13,  disable headphone safety on iOS 14 and turn off headphone safety on iOS 15. 

Alternatively, you can turn off headphone safety on iOS 14, 13, and 15:

  1. Open Settings 
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down to the Hearing section and tap on Audio/Visuals.
  4. Turn off Headphone notifications.

Why Can’t I Turn Off Headphone Safety on iPhone?

Users in certain parts of the world cannot turn off headphone controls on their iPhone due to regulations and safety standards.

For those that still want to deactivate it, there are some workarounds.

Classifying Bluetooth devices

Since iOS 14.4, iPhone users can classify their Bluetooth accessories– including headphones– as a specific type of device. To stop your iPhone from turning down the volume, you can label your headphones as speakers.

Here’s how to label Bluetooth devices on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Settings and tap Bluetooth.
  1. Find the device and tap the ‘i’ next to it.
  1. Tap Device Type.
  1. Choose a device type.

Jailbreaking

Jailbreaking essentially means modifying a device to remove restrictions imposed by the manufacturer of that device or your operator. This is typically done through a series of kernel patches.

Keep in mind that jailbreaking violates Apple’s terms and conditions and exposes your phone to several risks including stability issues, security vulnerabilities, and potential crashes and freezes.

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Why Turning Off iPhone Headphone Safety Is a Mistake

The main reason why you shouldn’t turn off the volume warning on your iPhone is the same reason that prompted Apple to introduce the feature: Loud noises can prematurely and irreversibly damage your hearing

The worst part about it is that it’s gradual so you’re unlikely to notice until it’s too late.

If that’s not enough to change your mind, the British Academy of Audiology says there are around 11 million people in the UK with hearing loss, 3 million of which are younger than 60, and that it’s the second most common disability in the UK.

What’s more, there are many stories about people who have experienced sudden hearing loss after prolonged use of headphones. 

For example, back in 2019, one Taiwanese student lost hearing in one of his ears after falling asleep with an earbud.

Bottom Line

The Headphone Safety feature warns users to turn down the volume after prolonged exposure to loud sounds. If you’re wondering how to turn off headphone safety on iPhone, the process is simple: All you’ll have to do is find the feature in Settings and toggle the switch. 

Remember that turning it off may not be a good idea unless your phone is mislabeling your car stereo or speakers are headphones.