How to put your iPhone on vibrate, ring or silent mode

The Ring/Silent switch is on the left-hand side of your iPhone. You can use it to control which sounds are played through your iPhone speaker.

Turn Ring/Silent mode on or off on your iPhone

In Ring mode, you'll hear ringtones and alerts. In Silent mode, you won't — but your iPhone can still play sounds, such as when you play music or videos.

Use Ring mode

The side of an iPhone with the Ring/Silent switch magnified. Orange isn't showing on the switch. 

To put your iPhone in Ring mode, move the switch so that orange isn't being displayed. 

Use Silent mode

The side of an iPhone with the Ring/Silent switch magnified. Orange is showing on the switch. 

To put your iPhone in Silent mode, move the switch so that orange is being displayed. 

 

Change ringtones, sounds and vibrations

  1. On iPhone 7 and later, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. On earlier iPhone models, go to Settings > Sounds.
  2. Choose what you want to adjust, such as Ringtone or New Mail.
  3. Tap the alert tone that you want. You can also tap Vibration and choose a vibration pattern or make a custom vibration.

iPhone showing how to change ringtones

Change ringtone and alert volume with buttons

If you want to control your ringtone and alert volume separately from other apps, turn off Change with Buttons. Then you need to manually adjust your ringtone and alert volume in Settings > Sounds & Haptics or Settings > Sounds.

Choose when your device vibrates

  1. On iPhone 7 and later, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. On earlier iPhone models, go to Settings > Sounds.
  2. You can choose if you want your iPhone to vibrate when set to Ring or Silent mode. If you turn off both settings, your iPhone won't vibrate.

Create a custom vibration

  1. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics or Settings > Sounds. 
  2. Select an option (such as Ringtone or New Mail) under Sounds and Haptic Patterns or Sounds and Vibration Patterns. 
  3. Tap Vibration, then tap Create New Vibration.
  4. Tap the screen to create a pattern, then tap Stop.
  5. Tap Play to test your vibration.
  6. Tap Save and name your pattern. You can also tap Record to redo the custom vibration.
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