I deemed my ring/silent switch dead, but a simple needle intervention solved it.
Let me preface this by sharing my love for the aforementioned hardware switch. The convenience of silencing my phone without having to take it out of my pocket is god-sent.
I usually have the phone on silent mode since I spend a lot of time on lectures, and my exam period didn’t end until a couple of days ago, but I’ve been waiting for some calls these last few days, and when I tried flipping the switch, nothing happened regarding sound, even though the action itself felt smooth and steady.
The obvious solution was a repair, but since I’ve had my phone since its release day (iPhone 6s), I’ve been thinking of swapping it for a new model this autumn and such a small issue wouldn’t require a potentially expensive amendment.
A wild idea struck me, something I’ve done in the past to fix a problem I had with the Lightning port. I took a needle and carefully messed a bit with both sides of the switch opening. As lint had accumulated inside, it was stopping the switch from working properly. As soon as I had finished cleaning up what had been stuck inside, it got back to working as it should.
I’m certain I’m not the only one who’s done this, but thought it could prove valuable to people with similar problems. A quick alternative that may save you time and money.