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Choosing the Sounds Your iPhone Makes

Sound is one important way your iPhone uses to communicate with you. You can configure the sounds the phone uses in two ways. One is by choosing the general sounds your iPhone makes, which is covered in this section. You can also configure sounds specific apps use to notify you about certain events; this is covered in the next section.

To configure your iPhone’s general sounds, do the following:

  • c_1.jpg On the Settings screen, tap Sounds.

  • c_2.jpg If you want your iPhone to also vibrate when it rings, set the Vibrate on Ring switch to on (green).
  • c_3.jpg If you want your iPhone to vibrate when you have it muted, set the Vibrate on Silent switch to on (green).
  • c_4.jpg Set the volume of the ringer and alert tones by dragging the slider to the left or right.
  • c_5.jpg If you want to also be able to change this volume using the volume buttons on the side of the phone, set the Change with Buttons switch to on (green).
  • c_6.jpg Tap Ringtone. On the resulting screen, you can set the sound and vibration your iPhone uses when a call comes in.

  • c_7.jpg Swipe up and down the screen to see all the ringtones available to you. There are two sections of sounds on this screen: RINGTONES and ALERT TONES. These work in the same way; alert tones tend to be shorter sounds. At the top of the RINGTONES section, you see any custom ringtones you have configured on your phone; a dark line separates those from the default ringtones that are below the custom ones.
  • c_8.jpg Tap a sound, and it plays.
  • c_9.jpg Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have selected the sound you want to have as your general ringtone.
  • c_10.jpg If necessary, swipe down the screen so you see the Vibration section at the top.
  • c_11.jpg Tap Vibration. A list of Standard and Custom vibrations available is displayed.

  • c_12.jpg Swipe up and down the screen to see all the vibrations available. The STANDARD section contains the default vibrations while the CUSTOM section shows vibrations you have created.
  • c_13.jpg Tap a vibration. It “plays” so you can feel it.

  • c_14.jpg Repeat steps 12 and 13 until you’ve selected the general vibration you want to use; you can tap None at the bottom of the Vibration screen below the CUSTOM section if you don’t want to have a general vibration.
  • c_15.jpg Tap Ringtone.

  • c_16.jpg Tap Sounds. The ringtone you selected is shown on the Sounds screen next to the Ringtone label.

  • c_17.jpg Tap Text Tone.

  • c_18.jpg Use steps 7–16 to set the sound and vibration used when you receive a new text. The process works the same as for ringtones, though the screens look a bit different. For example, the ALERT TONES section is at the top of the screen because you are more likely to want a short sound for new texts.
  • c_19.jpg When you’re done setting the text tone, tap Sounds.

  • c_20.jpg Using the same pattern as you did for ringtones and text tones, set the sound and vibrations for the rest of the events you see.
  • c_21.jpg If you don’t want your iPhone to make a sound when you lock it, slide the Lock Sounds switch to off (white). Your iPhone no longer makes this sound when you press the Sleep/Wake button to put it to sleep and lock it.
  • c_22.jpg If you don’t like the audible feedback when you tap keys on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard, slide the Keyboard Clicks switch to off (white) to disable that sound. The keyboard is silent as you type on it.
  • c_23.jpg Tap Settings. Your iPhone uses the sounds and vibrations you selected to notify you of events of which you want to be aware.

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