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In iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 4 Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 4.0): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.
One of the first things you want to get under control on your iPhone or iPod Touch 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 know what your iPhone or iPod Touch is trying to tell you. Locate and tap the Settings icon to open your iPhone or iPod Touch's System Settings. On the iPhone, tab Sounds. On iPod Touch, you'll go into Settings > General > Sounds. Because it's a phone, the iPhone has more sound settings, beginning with Silent.
This determines whether your phone is going to vibrate when you have the silencer switch set to Silent. Even with a 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. To prevent the phone from making any sounds, turn Vibrate off. Of course, this makes it impossible to know if 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 Ring section we can also choose whether you want the phone to vibrate when it's not silenced. I prefer to keep Vibrate on, because I sometimes can't hear my phone ring if I'm in a loud environment.
So, vibrate will alert me that I have an incoming call, even if I can't hear it. I'll also have set up a system where my phone vibrates for a few seconds before I hear my ringtone, which is not an available feature of the iPhone, but I'll show you how to set up something like that in the chapter on using the phone part of the phone. Next, 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 the screen or use the volume control on the side of the phone, and you'll see the slider on the screen move. 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, all of the iPhone's built-in sounds appear under the Standard heading, while any custom ringtones you've created or purchased appear under Custom. We'll also look at custom ringtones in the chapter on the phone part of the iPhone. To here a sample of any ringtone, just tap it. (Ringtone playing.) Tapping a ring tone makes it your default ring tone, so make sure you have your preferred ringtone selected before you leave the screen. I'll select Old phone and then go back to the sound settings.
(Ringtone playing.) The next setting determines what some plays when you receive a text message, and this one works just like selecting a ringtone. Tap New Text Message and select a sound. These sounds are completely different than the sound you can select for your ringtone. Notice there is option to select Custom Text Message sounds. So, your are limited adjust the 6 sounds or the None option. The rest of these options have to do with whether or not sounds play when certain events occur. Each one of these sound options has a default sound, and it's not possible to customize them. You can only turn the sounds on or off.
Other than New Voicemail, which plays a sound when someone leaves a voicemail message, the rest of the options and sounds here are identical to what you'll find on the iPod Touch. New Mail and Sent Mail are the sounds that play when you receive and send e-mail. Calendar Alerts is the sound that plays when you scheduled the calendar app to notify you of an upcoming appointment. The Lock Sounds is what you hear when you press the Sleep/Wake button. Keyboard Clicks are the typing sounds you hear when you're using the iPhone or iPod Touch's keyboard. So, take some time to listen to each sound, so you know what they represent. As you get used to your phone or iPod Touch, you can come back here and decide whether you want to hear any of these sounds or not.
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