Ask Conrad – Why is one speaker not working on iPhone 4S?

Hi Conrad,

With my older iPhone, there was only one speaker on the bottom (and one mic).  I recently upgraded to the new iPhone 4S (Verizon), which seems to have two speakers at the bottom.  But I am only getting sound out of one speaker (the right one).  If I connect my headphones, there is audio coming out of both L and R earbuds.  Should I return or exchange the phone? 

Thanks,

Leslie

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Hi Leslie,

The newer iPhones (4/4S) also have a single speaker, much like the older iPhones.  The 30-pin dock connector at the bottom of the iPhone is flanked by the built-in speaker (right) and the microphone (left).  So your phone is perfectly fine in that audio should be coming out only from the right side, and audio should come out of both L and R while using the headphones.

-Conrad

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3 quick tips for iPhone 4S #1

Quick tips for iPhone 4S users:

These are not secret tips, but almost all of my friends and colleagues did not know about at least one of these features (including myself).

I would like to credit Michelle R for these helpful tips.  She has fast become my go-to consultant for these things.

1.  Get to camera/iPod control without having to unlock your phone.  

If you are like me, you probably activated the key lock so that whenever your phone times out and locks, you have to put in the 4-digit numerical password.  If you need quick access to your iPod or camera, and do not want to have to input the password each and every time, you can just press the home button twice, and you will get direct access to the iPod controller (reverse, play/pause, forward), and the camera button on the bottom right to activate the camera.

2.  Scroll through contacts list quickly.

At the right of the contact list, there are letters that if you press on it and scroll up/down, you can scroll through the contacts list by letter rather than by each contact.

3.  Domain suffix (ie “.com” etc.)

I used to just type out this simple 4-character ending when surfing through Safari.  After a while, it got old.  Well, there is a key for it, sitting next to the “Go” key at the bottom right of the keypad.  So now you can type your address (www.whateverthewebaddressis) and then press this key to add “.com” at the end.  Sure, it will only save 2 seconds of your time, but if you type enough web addresses, over time any little bit will help.

If you keep the “.com” key pressed, it will give you other suffix options (“.net” “.edu” and “.org”).  Slide your finger to the other keys, rather than lifting and pressing the key.

If your default search engine is google (and not yahoo), you don’t even need to type “www” or “.com” so if you want to go to “www.nytimes.com” you just need to type “nytimes”

I hope this helps.

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