How do I get my phone off speaker mode?

What is speaker mode?

Speaker mode is when a phone or device uses its built-in speaker to play audio out loud instead of through headphones or the earpiece. When speaker mode is enabled, you can hear the audio from the speaker even if headphones are plugged in. It allows multiple people to listen in on a call without needing to pass around or share a handset.

Speaker mode works by routing the incoming audio through the device’s loudspeaker instead of the regular earpiece speaker. The speaker often provides louder, fuller sound quality since it is designed for filling a room compared to the small earpiece meant for a single user. Speaker mode typically activates automatically when you are on a call and choose to turn on speakerphone or when you play any kind of media like music, videos, or speakerphone calls.

The main benefits of using speaker mode include being able to hear calls hands-free, allowing multiple people to listen in on calls, and providing louder sound quality. However, there are some downsides as well. Speaker mode can drain battery faster, expose your conversations to those around you, and create echo or distortion when used in noisy environments.

Why you might want to turn off speaker mode

There are a few key reasons you may want to turn off speaker mode on your phone:

Privacy concerns – Speaker mode broadcasts your entire conversation for anyone around to hear. This can lead to embarrassing or private information being overheard by unintended listeners. Turning off speaker prevents sensitive information from being shared publicly.

Sound quality issues – The small speakers on phones are not designed to handle high volumes or relay clear sound. Speaker mode can result in distorted, tinny audio that is difficult to understand for both you and the person you’re speaking with. Switching to standard handset mode provides a clearer call.

Not appropriate for all situations – Using speaker in quiet environments like offices, libraries, or restaurants can disturb those around you. It’s best to be courteous and switch to handset mode when in shared spaces. Speaker also isn’t ideal when background noise will interfere with your call.

Overall, standard handset mode is preferable in most cases for privacy, sound quality, and situational appropriateness. Turn off speaker when you want to keep your conversation just between you and the other caller.

How to turn off speaker on iPhone

iPhones have a default setting that automatically switches calls to speaker mode. To turn off the speaker on an iPhone during a call, simply locate the speaker icon on the call screen and tap it to toggle the speaker off.

The speaker icon on iPhones is located in the bottom center of the call screen, to the left of the end call button. It appears as a phone handset when speaker mode is off, and changes to a speaker icon when speaker is on. The icon will turn gray when speaker is disabled.

To summarize, to turn off speaker on an iPhone during a call:

  1. Locate the speaker icon on the call screen, in the bottom center.
  2. Tap the speaker icon to toggle off speaker mode.

The speaker will be disabled for that individual call. To prevent speaker mode from automatically being triggered on new calls, you can adjust the default setting in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Call Audio Routing.


How to turn off speaker on Android

Android phones make it easy to turn speaker mode on or off during a call. Here are the steps:

First, start a call either by dialing a number or answering an incoming call. You’ll see a call screen with various buttons like mute, dialpad, add call etc. Look for a button with a speaker icon – tapping this lets you toggle speaker mode on or off.

On Samsung Galaxy phones, tap the speaker icon at the bottom to toggle it on or off. For Google Pixel phones, there is a speaker button on the call screen you can tap to disable speaker.

So in summary, locate the speaker icon during an active call, and tap it to turn off speaker mode on your Android phone. Speaker mode will be disabled for that individual call, but will turn back on for the next call. See instructions below for disabling speakerphone by default.


How To Disable Speakers In Android

How to turn off speaker on landline phones

Most traditional landline phones have a speaker button that enables or disables the speakerphone function. To turn off speaker mode on a landline phone:

Locate the speaker button on the phone. This is usually a button labeled “Speaker,” “SPKR,” or has a speaker icon. On some phones, the button may be red when speaker mode is active.

Press the speaker button to deactivate speaker mode. The speakerphone light should turn off. You can now speak privately into the handset. [1]

If you’re on a call and want to switch from speaker to handset, simply lift the handset from the base before pressing the speaker button. This will transfer the audio to the handset.

Some phones may have a “Speaker off” button instead. Press this to disable the speakerphone and continue the call through the handset.

On very old landline phones, there may not be a dedicated speaker button. Look for a volume control slider or knob and turn it all the way down to disable the built-in speaker.

How to prevent speaker from automatically turning on

One common issue that causes the speakerphone to automatically turn on during calls is an enabled setting on your smartphone. Both iPhones and Android phones have options to automatically switch to speakerphone when you answer a call. Here’s how to disable this function:

On an iPhone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Call Audio Routing and switch off Auto-Speaker. This will prevent your iPhone from automatically enabling the speaker during calls (source).

On an Android phone, go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing enhancements and turn off Auto-switch to speaker. You can also go to Settings > Sound > Phone ringtone > Smart call settings and disable Automatic switching to speaker (source).

Disabling these auto-speaker functions will prevent your phone’s speakerphone from unexpectedly turning on during calls. Be sure to double check your phone’s settings to switch this option off.

Using headphones to avoid speaker mode

One easy way to avoid having your phone calls on speaker mode is to simply use headphones or earbuds. When you have headphones plugged into your device, it will automatically direct any audio – including phone calls – through the headphones rather than the external speaker.

To do this, connect your wired headphones or earbuds to the headphone jack on your phone, or pair your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to your phone via Bluetooth settings. Make sure the volume on your headphones is turned up. Once connected, incoming and outgoing calls will ring through the headphones and you’ll be able to have your conversation through the mic on the headphone cable or earbuds rather than the phone’s external mic.

This approach essentially bypasses the phone’s speaker entirely during calls. As long as you have headphones connected, the call audio will default to the headphones only, avoiding speaker mode. Just be sure to disconnect or turn off your headphones again when you want your speaker to be available for normal use.


Speaker alternatives for calls

If you need to turn off the speaker mode on your phone, there are a few alternatives you can use to avoid using the built-in speaker:

One option is to simply hold the phone up to your ear during calls. This allows you to hear the audio directly while keeping the speaker off. Holding the phone to your ear gives you privacy and avoids bothering those around you with the call audio. Just be sure not to press buttons that could accidentally turn on speaker mode.

Another alternative is using headphones or earbuds. Most phones allow you to plug in wired headphones or connect wireless Bluetooth headphones. This lets you hear the call audio clearly without relying on the external speaker. Headphones also give you privacy and prevent the audio from disturbing your surroundings. Some find headphones more comfortable for long calls instead of holding the phone to their ear.

You can also connect your phone to an external speaker or speakerphone device. Many third-party speakers can pair with smartphones via Bluetooth or an audio cable. This gives you speaker quality audio without using the phone’s built-in speaker. Just be sure the external speaker provides clear sound quality. Popular options are Bluetooth speakers designed for conference calls. External speakers allow flexibility in where you place the phone while freeing your hands during calls.

Checking your phone’s audio settings can help you switch to the desired audio output option as well, such as headphones or a Bluetooth device. With various alternatives available, you can avoid speaker mode and tailor your call audio experience.

Pro tips for better speaker usage

When using speakerphone, be courteous of your surroundings and listen for ambient noise that could interfere with your call. Here are some tips:

  • Direct the speaker away from computers or paperwork containing sensitive information. This prevents private details from being overheard.
  • Pay attention to your environment before placing a call on speaker. Avoid noisy locations where background chatter or disruptions could make it hard to hear.
  • Adjust the speaker volume as needed so you can hear the other party clearly without having to shout. But keep it low enough to avoid disturbing coworkers.

With some simple precautions, speakerphones can be used successfully for calls. Just remain aware of your surroundings and how the audio comes across to maintain clarity and discretion.


In this guide, we covered the main steps to disable speaker mode on your smartphone or landline phone. For iPhones, you can toggle the speaker off by tapping the speaker icon during a call or disabling it in Settings. On Android, tap the volume buttons during a call. For landlines, locate the speaker button or volume controls to disable it.

Turning off speaker mode allows you to have more private conversations and improves sound quality. It also reduces background noise for the person you’re talking to. Now that you know how to easily disable speakerphone across different devices, you can have clearer calls and avoid accidentally broadcasting conversations.

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