Several iPhone X Users Experiencing ‘Crackling’ Sounds from Earpiece Speaker


According to a new report from MacRumors, a small number of iPhone X users are experiencing “crackling or buzzing” sounds from their device’s earpiece speaker.

It appears users are reporting this distortion at very high or max volume levels. Various reports on Twitter and Reddit have suggested that the crackling sound will occur with any type of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos, and alarms.

For those who are unaware, the earpiece on the iPhone X doubles as a speaker that is combined with the speaker at the bottom of the device to create stereo sound.

The report notes that the issue does not appear to be directly correlated with any specific version of the device or of iOS. MacRumors forum member ShadowYYZ said:

“Love the phone but I was wondering if anyone has had any issues with the speakers slightly sounding a little crackling whenever max volume. Noticeable on certain songs and even my ring tone which was bought from the iTunes Store.”

I have tried to reproduce the issue with my own iPhone X, however, I was unsuccessful. Apple has not issued any official statement regarding the matter.

Have you experienced any audio distortion on your iPhone X? Let us know in the comments below!


  • My 1/2 cents

    you folks with this issue are holding the X to your ear wrong!

  • Buddy of mine got the X on launch day with me. He had to get a replacement for his, because of a bad Lightning port. He couldn’t charge his phone beyond like 20%

    With all these issues I’m hearing, I’m thankful I have experienced any of them. For the exception of my friends Lightning port, everyone else I know hasn’t had a single issue.

    Makes me wonder if these are really wide spread issues, or like a case of 10 people, and the media blowing it up like they often do.

  • FragilityG4

    I think it’s more media hype machine. It’s a huge release for Apple and any kind of Apple news attracts many readers/viewers. I’ll be getting mine in a couple weeks! I’m really excited!

  • warpdrive


  • hahah always knew these guys were up to no good

  • John

    You need to crank your volume up higher, near max. Problem is, not a lot of people do that so it may go unnoticed for a lot of people.

  • I see… this is an issue with many phones then. I’ve had over 40 different Android phones pass through my hands during my blogging career, and many phones experience some distortion at max volume.