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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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