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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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