So far, I’ve been extremely happy with my new iPhone 4 and iOS 4. No complaints, great apps, and with availability of a super easy jailbreak from JailBreakMe.com the iPhone 4 has left me nothing but happy… until recently. I’ve been noticing this problem more and more. It was to do with the audio output getting messed up and basically getting turned off. When trying to listen to a podcast, or any audio for that matter – even notifications and keyboard clicks, all audio output is transferred from the standard iPhone speaker output to the iPhone earpiece, so of course, listening to the iPod or hearing notifications or your phone ringing becomes very difficult, if not impossible to hear.
After doing a little bit of reading, it turns out that it is the Skype application that is corrupting the audio output. Apparently, if you make a Skype phone call and the person you’re talking to hangs up before you do, it corrupts the iPhone audio causing all sound to come out of the earpiece rather than out of the speaker which is why many of you will be suffering from what is described as muted iPhone audio or muffled iPhone audio.
- Restart your iPhone
- Open Skype, place a call to the Skype Call Test account. Hangup immediately.
- Double click home button, remove Skype from open apps.
If you have recently jailbroken your iPhone/iPod/iPad with the newest and easiest jailbreak ever – JailBreakMe.com, then you may have also encountered the problem with Skype not multi-tasking or not running in the background. There is a simple fix that involves updating your Mobile Substrate through Cydia. Simply do the following and Skype should start working for you again:
- Open Cydia
- Tap Manage
- Tap Upgrade – You’ll need to update all packages, Cydia, Mobile Substrate, etc.
- Once complete, it should prompt you to reboot your device. After reboot, Skype should work properly.
If you’d like to see more info about Mobile Substrate, you can look here: Cydia Mobile Substrate Package
Upon the release of the jailbreak for iPhone 4 and iOS 4, I quickly installed it – especially after seeing how easy this jailbreak was compared to past jailbreaks. The thing that is really irritating me is the fact that Skype has created its software to not support multi-tasking on jailbroken iPhones. I find this hard to believe, particularly because of the fact that the fed recently issued a ruling that declared jailbreaking phones perfectly legal. Upon starting Skype on my newly jailbroken iPhone, I was presented with the following message:
This version of Skype is only supported on unmodified iPhone OS 3.0.x, 3.1.x, and 3.2.x
I really don’t understand why Skype would limit themselves by doing this. I’m already looking for other solutions rather than using their software. Not too happy about the fact that they don’t allow their software to work on a jailbroken iPhone 4 running iOS 4.01.
Has anyone else encountered this problem or found a work-around? If so, please share in the comments below.