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Samsung Galaxy S22 speaker crackling bug: Learn how to fix the problem

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More and more complaints about speaker problems in Samsung's Galaxy S22 series are surfacing on the web. The phone's speakers are said to have suddenly started creaking, crackling, and shrieking. While time cured the problem for some users, there is apparently a fairly simple solution.

TL;DR

  • Users of the S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra phones report issues with the speakers on the web.
  • Problems mainly occur after flights or after strong temperature fluctuations.
  • According to Caschy's blog, the solution is to temporarily remove the SIM card.

October 2022 update: Just in time for the colder temperatures during fall in the northern hemisphere, still no response from Samsung.

If you use a device from Samsung's Galaxy S22 series, you might have to be prepared for creaking speakers on your next flight. This is because reports are surfacing on the web that Samsung's latest flagship does not handle pressure changes well. Besides the disappointment that it will thus never be able to take up a manager position (couldn't avoid the joke), the issue makes for some truly deafening noise:

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Apart from flights, temperature differences are also said to cause problems. As Caschy's blog reports, a longer use in cold weather with a subsequent change to a heated room is also problematic. While Samsung has not officially confirmed the phenomenon yet, there is apparently already a simple solution.

The bug is probably very easy to fix

According to a reader from Caschy's blog, removing the SIM card tray is enough to fix the speaker problems. This opens the phone, which is actually sealed for water protection, and thus ensures pressure compensation. Afterward, the speakers should sound as usual again.

If this doesn't solve the problems, you will have to open an RMA case if it is still under warranty. In this case, it is best to contact Samsung's customer service directly and describe the problem. Alternatively, you can also contact the store where you purchased the phone.

Have you already noticed a temporary deterioration of the S22 speakers? If so, how long did the problems last? Let us know in the comments!

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Benjamin Lucks

Benjamin Lucks

Ben has been working in tech journalism since 2018, was a freelancer in the middle of the CoVid-crisis and has been full-time at NextPit since November '20. Since then he has tries to find the right mix between professional competence, humor and fresh perspectives in reviews and texts.

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  • Roberto Cruz 1 week ago Link to comment

    Both my wife's and my S22+ are having this annoying and potentially dangerous issue since we can't hear each other when using the device. The "fix" appears temporary as it continues to happen sporadically and without warning. Reluctant to exchange the phone since it's my only one. But I may have no choice if it continues.


  • Hhpage 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Same here. Went on a plane and I couldn't hear people calling me the whole time there. Also, had it in window sill at home during cold snap and crackling happened. Can't really have sim key with me at all times, that's not an easy fix. Nervous to cut notch in tray but maybe I'll do that.


  • Jaime 1 month ago Link to comment

    My S22+ has this issue. Popping the sim works, but still frustrating. I heard a rumor of a different fix and am looking for verification. My phone case came with a separate glass protector to cover the camera lenses. Rumor is to remove/not use that lens cover and the pressurization problem goes away. Somehow the pressure equalizes through/near the lenses? Can anyone verify?


  • Red Hill Ranch 1 month ago Link to comment

    Taking the sim card out temporarily fixed the issue for me


  • Merri28 1 month ago Link to comment

    Mine seems to act up when I change elevations (driving from and to work), and only in the lower elevation area. Once I get back towards the city I live in (a higher elevation), the sound reverts to normal. And it seems to change how sound is emitted from the phone (sound coming from where you press your ear for a phone call, as well as the speaker at the bottom of the phone). I started noticing the issue at least 6 months ago (I got the phone 7 months ago).


  • S22 user 1 month ago Link to comment

    I live in the valley and have been resently been working on top of the mountain. When I return home my speaker is cracking and it takes a few hours for it to return to normal


  • AdamF 1 month ago Link to comment

    Yep, I can confirm this. I live in Minnesota and it's the start of cold season here. This phone is garbage when brought outside. So we have to leave our devices vulnerable to water threats in order to use them in cold weather environments? Simply not at ALL acceptable. Contacted Google Fi, my carrier, and was offered a replacement. However, they want to hold $1100 of mine to receive the replacement! Again, not at ALL acceptable. I'm done with Samsung, and Google Fi is ditched at the end of deal. Both companies are f'n jokes.


  • Jack Valet 2 months ago Link to comment

    Fantastic - fixed! Really appreciate this- was convinced something dire had happened


  • Karl Sass 2 months ago Link to comment

    My issue in in cold weather as from the UK as soon as the phone get cold I have speaker distortion as soon as you warm the phone its back to normal and with winter coming this is going to be so annoying there needs to be a fix for this.


  • Chris 3 months ago Link to comment

    There is a rubber seal around the sim tray that pressurizes the phone. You can use a butter knife to gently cut off a small piece of the outer flap on the grey rubber Sim card tray seal but you may lose some of the waterproof capability in that specific area however that seemed to take care of it..

    i played a song with my phone speaker towards the freezer fan and within about 90 seconds it started crackling real bad. Popped sim out and fixed instantly. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, because I happen to really like this phone a lot. After cutting a little bit of the extra rubber, I took my phone back to the freezer and let a 5 minute song play, and the mission was a success! If you are concered about warranty you could always buy another tray online and save it in your junk drawer.

    It's a Grey rubber seal, don't remove all of it just cut off some of that extra foreskin that goes around it. Hope it helps.


    • Sshawn 1 month ago Link to comment

      I'm on day 10 with my s22 and it just got cold outside today. I work outside and the speakers crackled all day. I was going to return it after reading all the complaints on the internet but this seems to have done the trick. Thanks Chris!!!


  • h8ipod 3 months ago Link to comment

    Just flew for the first time with s22 ultra. Removing sim card did the trick, but this design flaw will cause major inconvenience. Very dissapointing, samsung


  • Abby 4 months ago Link to comment

    Visited CO for a few days in the mountains and my speakers sounded more quiet with crackles. The crackles were more evident as I turned the volume up. I removed the Sim card just as the article said and my speakers are back to normal!


  • Ofelia Wood 4 months ago Link to comment

    Yes i just had phone for few days and the seakers are definitely not working properly, they make horrible noise.


  • Nicki 4 months ago Link to comment

    Two weeks old and on my S22 my sound goes completely off and then it comes back on and I haven't gone anywhere. I'm ready to throw it in the lake.


    • Tyler 4 months ago Link to comment

      Without a doubt, if you’re with one of the big carriers, exchange it for Apple or other brand. Samsung cannot and will not fix this.


  • Geo Smith 4 months ago Link to comment

    Wow, yes this is a real bummer, folks. Being from the Rocky Mountains myself, I'd push for a tougher phone without this problem. Stay strong!


  • Myaskew 5 months ago Link to comment

    Sad to hear. Just got back to Missouri from a trip to the Rocky Mountains and evidently the altitude difference was too much. My speakers are now cracking.
    I guess I will start the return process. I've only had the phone a few months.


  • Tyler 5 months ago Link to comment

    Just an update to my previous post regarding my S22 Ultra.
    Forget about Samsung fixing this issue. After numerous frustrating calls to my carrier for tech support, I returned my second S22 and went with Apple.
    I really tried to stay with Samsung. I’ve had Android from day 1, starting with HTC and then many models of Samsung. I should have never traded in my Note 9 for this S22.
    Even though I did not want anything Apple, I needed a phone that would actually work after a flight. Luckily, my second phone was still eligible for an exchange.
    The transition to Apple was much easier than I could have imagined. Apple has an app that will transition everything from your Android to Apple wirelessly. And it actually worked quite well.
    Also, I was able to keep everything Google, so I still feel I am getting the complete Android experience including maps and photos. Gestures and swipes are the only difference and that’s just muscle memory. And no S Pen, that part is what I miss.
    Samsung, you really messed this up. I’m really impressed, (but not really), that you built a phone with such water resistance that I could go deep sea diving, but if I take a flight the phone doesn’t work. Great job… Seriously, Samsung, you’ve been building phones for a hundred years , how do you screw something like this up?
    Everyone reading this, go with Apple. Come on in, the water’s warm.


    • DareDevil01 4 months ago Link to comment

      I'm fine with my S22 Ultra thanks. I have no intentions of supporting such a company like Apple. Thier intentional pig headed decisions to make a profit, keeping an outdated, slow connector on their phones while giving the rest of their products USB-C, just so they can keep their license income for the phones (You can't charge a fee to use USB-C). Zero support for open text standards, so people are forced to use iMessage or the outdated MMS. There's a reason they're now the biggest tech company in the world, and we thought we had to worry about Google/Microsoft XD.

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