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Choosing and controlling your sounds

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Choosing and controlling your sounds

One of the first things you'll want to get under control on Locate and tap the Settings icon to open Because it's a phone the iPhone has more sounds Again, be aware that this makes it impossible to know your phone or use the volume controls on the side of Now if the slider doesn't move when you press the This works the same way on the iPod Touch and the iPad.

Choosing and controlling your sounds

One of the first things you'll want to get under control on your iOS device is 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'll know what your device is trying to tell you. Locate and tap the Settings icon to open your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch's system settings. And then locate and tap Sounds. Because it's a phone the iPhone has more sounds settings than the iPad or iPod Touch, beginning here with the vibrate section. Here you determine whether your phone is going to vibrate when it rings or when it's on silent mode.

Again, the switch on the side of your phone is used to turn the ringer on and off. Some people like having the vibrate feature on, even when the phone's 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 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 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 at all, turn the Vibrate on Silent switch to Off.

Again, be aware that 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 find yourself in. Next, under the Ringer and Alert section, we have the volume slider which you can use to set the overall volume of your ringtones and other sounds. Either drag the slider on screen or use the volume controls on the side of the phone and you'll see the slider move itself. Now if the slider doesn't move when you press the buttons, make sure the Change with Buttons switch is turned On. 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 the iPad. Next is the ringtone selector. This is where you can determine the sound that plays when someone calls you. On this screen, you'll find all of the iPhone's built in sounds under the Ringtones setting here. Any custom ringtones you've created or purchased also appear here at the top of this list. All of the sounds you see listed here are new on iOS 7. If you have a ringtone from a previous version of iOS that you like, you'll find it here under Classic. So, just tap any of the sounds to sample and select them.

And you'll also find a section called Alert Tones, which are generally short sounds that are used for things like text messages, incoming mail, and other alerts. These are also all new to iOS 7. And you'll find another classic folder here containing all the older alert sounds. At the very top of this screen, you can select the Custom Vibration Pattern, which can be useful in letting you know whether you're getting a phone call or text if you choose different vibration patterns for them. I'll get to that in a moment. Let's go back to our main sound settings. The next setting here determines what sound plays when you receive a text message.

And this works like setting a ringtone. You get the same selection of sounds here as you did under ringtones but the alert tones section is listed first. The rest of these options have to deal with what sounds play when certain events occur. You have New Voicemail, New Mail, Sent Mail, Tweet, Facebook Post, Calendar Alerts, Reminder Alerts and AirDrop. Just select and browse through the same sounds as before. Note that you can also choose None if you prefer your device to make no sound 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 your devices' keyboard.

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

Just tap Create New Vibration and here tap a rhythm of your choice. Tap Play to review your pattern. And if you like it, tap Save and give it a name. And now we have a new custom vibration pattern. So you can set up custom vibration patterns for any of these sound types. And 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's calling you, even if your phone is in your pocket. So those are the sound settings. 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 in here and decide whether or not you want to hear any of these sounds.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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