VoiceOver Sound Effects Sometimes Stop Working

VoiceOver Announcements/Feedback


In some circumstances, VoiceOver sound effects (such as sounds which indicate movement of the VoiceOver cursor or activation of an element) stop working.

Bug First Encountered

iOS 8.1

Device(s) bug has been encountered on

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 5

How often the bug occurs



Turn off VoiceOver, then re-enable it.



Fixed In

iOS 9.1



Submitted by Alana on Thursday, April 2, 2015

On my iPhone 5, the alert sound does not play at times. I have to reenable voiceOver to get this working again. Noticeable since iOS 8.1.

Submitted by Lorelei on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I've never had it stay around for more than a few seconds. If I just leave the phone be for maybe a count of five, VoiceOver sounds are right back with me.

Submitted by Laurent on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hi, I'm experiencing the problem as it is described in your bugs database on my iPhone 5s... The only workaround I found is to stop and restart VO. I'm using iOS 8.3.

Submitted by Kevan on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I experience the bug most days on my iPhone 6, but restarting VoiceOver fixes it.
This can happen where some sounds stop working and some keep working. It happens with different sounds every time, but many times it's the metallic beep sound VO makes when you're moving over nothing on the screen, that goes away.

Submitted by Pelle on Monday, October 19, 2015

Hi, I have an iPhone 6S with iOS 9.0.2. I also experience this sound issue sometimes. I also have to turn off VoiceOver and turn it on again to make the sounds work normally.

Submitted by rdfreak on Monday, October 19, 2015

This would occur on my iPhone 6 though I noticed it more since IOS 9.

(FYI: I use the past tense because I no longer have a 6; it fell down the loo).
Getting an iPhone 6S today; yay.)