Change sounds, ringtones, and alerts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

You can set sounds for incoming calls as well as text messages, emails, voicemails, calendar alerts, reminders, social media updates, and more.

Change your sound settings

Go to Settings > Sounds. You'll have these options:

  • Turn on vibrate (iPhone only).
  • Adjust your ringer and alert volume.
  • Prevent the side buttons from changing the ringer volume.
  • Set your ringtone, text tone, and other alert tones. To set a tone for a specific person, go to their card in Contacts.
  • Turn your keyboard clicks on or off, and turn device lock sound on or off.

Set your device to silent

You'll still hear clock alarms through the built-in speaker when your device is set to silent. You can also use Do Not Disturb to silence calls, alerts, and notifications.

iPhone

Toggle the Ring/Silent switch on the side of your iPhone. You'll still hear audio playback in your music, podcasts, videos, and games.

iPad

Press and hold the Volume Down button.

To mute only notifications, alerts, and sound effects, slide the Side Switch down. If you have an iPad Air 2, turn on Mute in the Control Center. When you turn on Mute, you'll still hear audio playback in your music, podcasts, videos, and games.

iPod touch

Press and hold the Volume Down button.

Set your iPhone to vibrate

You can set your iPhone to vibrate when you get an incoming call:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds.
  2. Turn on Vibrate on Ring and (if you want) Vibrate on Silent.

You can also set vibration patterns for alerts:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds.
  2. Select an alert type in the Sounds and Vibrations list.
  3. Tap Vibration and select a pattern.

To create a custom vibration pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds.
  2. Select an alert type in the Sounds and Vibrations list.
  3. Tap Vibration > Create New Vibration.
  4. Tap or touch and hold the screen to create a vibration pattern
  5. Tap Save and name your vibration pattern.
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