I have a Droid Razr M that I've had a for a few months. Recently, the earpiece stopped working! Now, in order to hear a phone call, I need to put it on speaker phone or wear a bluetooth headset! Callers can hear me just fine through the microphone: I just can't hear them unless I put it on speaker phone or use the headset all the time, which is not practical. Also, at the same time, some other things now no longer have audio: the alarm clock, the Play music player, and annoyingly, the GPS ... very frustrating! I have tried booting the phone into "safe" mode, tried a hard reset ... NOTHING. I did purchase the insurance for the phone: can I just go get it swapped? It is hard to use it at this point.
I'm sure the Razr is difficult to use at this point, jimmyz12!
Let's see what we need to do to get the sound back.
First, let's remove any cases & headphones in order to complete all troubleshooting steps effectively.
I'm sure you have already tried to adjust the volume, but I want you to do it again.
Go to Apps>Settings>Sound Which do you have selected? Either Wired stereo devices or Speaker should be selected.
Once you have done these steps, please soft reset http://bit.ly/PLtWM9 and try it again.
If that works, great! If not, you will want to clear the cache partition by completing the steps listed here http://vz.to/10DQnEZ. I want you to go ahead and then http://bit.ly/OJWrbo. How is the sound now?
I know I have provided several steps, but I want to determine if there is a hardware problem with the Razr.
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Neither "Wired stereo devices or Speaker" is an available option under Apps>Settings>Sound. The only options listed are:
Vibrate when ringing (which it doesn't do now, whether checked or not)
Dial pad touch tones
Screen lock sound
Vibrate on touch
Network lost tone
Software update alert
Battery full notification
That's it ... all the settings. Did an Android update wipe out the settings you're talking about?
Tamara, In the meantime, I did the other steps you outlined above: soft reboot, clearing the cache, safe mode and removing recently installed apps .... nothing has restored audio to the earpiece!
I had the same issue with my Razr M. It just started a couple of weeks ago. I could hear the ear speaker kicking in and out, so I am sure it wasn't an issue with the volume settings. I ended up returning the phone to my local Verizon store for a certified replacement.
I had the same problem yesterday and couldn't find a solution anywhere online, so I'll post what I found.
All day yesterday, no earpiece output and the notifications were coming out at half volume no matter what I did with the settings. In the car this morning I noticed that I had my Waze volume turned way down... I turned it up and the phone was back to normal... so it's definitely a software issue. Even after multiple reboots, Waze was forcing the lower volume. Go through any apps you use with volume controls and see if they're turned down. I assume a factory reset would have fixed the problem too but this is obviously much easier. I also read another thread post where someone plugged in and unplugged a headset and it fixed the issue.
Let's get that earpiece stable! Has there been any liquid or physical damage to the device? Have you downloaded any new applications to the device? Is there any debris in the headset jack? Keep me posted.