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Choosing and controlling your sounds

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Video: Choosing and controlling your sounds

One of the first things you want to get under control on your iPhone or iPod touch are the default sounds and their volume levels. Because you can set and turn on specific sounds for specific events and actions, you'll want to select or at least familiarize yourself with these sounds so you know what your phone or iPod touch is trying to tell you. Locate and tap the Settings icon to open your System Settings. Then tap Sounds. Because it's a phone, the iPhone has more Sound settings, beginning with Vibrate. Here, you can determine whether your phone is going to vibrate when it rings or when it's in Silent mode. Again, the switch on the side of your phone is used to turn the ringer on and off.

Choosing and controlling your sounds

One of the first things you want to get under control on your iPhone or iPod touch are the default sounds and their volume levels. Because you can set and turn on specific sounds for specific events and actions, you'll want to select or at least familiarize yourself with these sounds so you know what your phone or iPod touch is trying to tell you. Locate and tap the Settings icon to open your System Settings. Then tap Sounds. Because it's a phone, the iPhone has more Sound settings, beginning with Vibrate. Here, you can determine whether your phone is going to vibrate when it rings or when it's in Silent mode. Again, the switch on the side of your phone is used to turn the ringer on and off.

Some people like to have the Vibrate feature on even when the phone is set to ring, so they can feel the phone ringing in their pocket. Leave Vibrate on Ring set to on in that case. Generally, you'll probably want to keep Vibrate on Silent on, too. Otherwise, there's no way to know you're receiving a call unless you're looking at your phone. But even with the phone set to Silent, it can still make a loud sound if you have Vibrate turned on and have your phone set on a hard surface like a tabletop, which you probably don't want if you're in an important meeting. To prevent the phone from making any sounds, you can turn vibrate off. Again, be aware, this makes it impossible to know your phone is ringing if you have it silent and stored in your pocket, so base your settings on the environment you're in.

Next, under the Ringer and Alerts section, we have the Volume slider, which you can use to set the overall volume of your ringtone and other sounds. Either drag the slider on screen, (ringtone playing) in which case your phone will play a sample of your ringtone at that particular volume, or use the volume control buttons on the side of the phone and you'll see the slider move itself. If the slider doesn't move when you press the buttons, turn on Change with buttons. Although, some people prefer to keep this off, so that the volume buttons only control other sounds, like the volume level of games or movies. This works the same way on the iPod touch, and this Volume slider controls the volume for the ringtone and all the other sounds we can turn on and off here below it.

Next is the ringtone selector. This is where you determine the sound that plays when someone calls you. Tap Ringtone to select a different sound. On this screen, you'll find all of the iPhone's built-in sounds under the Ringtone setting. Any custom ringtones you've created or purchased appear at the top of the list. You'll also find a section in here called Alert Tones, which are generally shorter sounds that are used for things like text messages, incoming mail, and other alerts. At the very top of the screen, you can select a custom vibration pattern, which can be useful in letting you know whether you're getting a phone call or a text if you choose different vibration patterns for them.

I'll get to that in a moment. To hear a sample of any ringtone, just tap it. (ringtone playing) Tapping a ringtone makes it your default ringtone. So, make sure you have your preferred ringtone selected before you leave the screen. In this case, maybe I'll select Old Phone, (ringtone playing) and then I'll go back to the Sound Settings. The next setting, Text Tone, determines what sound will play when you get a text message. You get the same selection of sounds here as you did with ringtones, but the Alert Tones section is listed first.

I'll leave my Text Tone as it is. The rest of these options have to do with what sounds play when certain events occur. You have New Voicemail, New Mail, Sent Mail, Tweet, Facebook Post, Calendar Alerts, and Reminder Alerts. Just select one and then browse through the same sounds as before. Note that you can also choose None if you prefer your device to make no sounds at all when one of these events occurs. The Lock Sound is what you hear when you press the Sleep/Wake button and Keyboard Clicks are the typing sound you hear when you're using the iPhone or iPod touch's keyboard.

You can turn these two options on or off, but you can't change their sound. Now I mentioned the ability to set custom vibrations. Let's go back to Ringtones. Here at the top, I'll tap Vibration. With so many people these days having vibrating phones, it sometimes becomes hard to tell whose phone is ringing if everyone in the room's phone is set to vibrate. Here, you can choose from seven different patterns. (vibrations playing) You can also tap out your own vibration pattern to really distinguish your phone's alert.

Just tap Create New Vibration. In here, tap a rhythm of your choice. Tap Stop to stop the recording, and then tap Save and give it a name. Now, I have a new custom vibration pattern. So, you can set up custom vibration patterns for any of these sound types. As we'll see later, you can even assign custom vibration patterns to specific people in your contact list, which can make it possible to know who is calling you even if your phone is in your pocket.

So, that's the Sound Settings area. Take some time to listen to each sound so you know what they represent. And as you get used to your phone, you can come back here and decide whether you want to hear any of these sounds or not.

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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