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

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

Put your iPhone in Ring/Silent mode

When your iPhone is set to ring, ringtones, alerts, and sounds play through your iPhone speakers.

When your iPhone is set to silent, you won't hear ringtones or alerts, but other sounds will play through your iPhone speakers and your iPhone will vibrate.

These settings affect only your iPhone speaker. If you use a headset, sounds play through your headset, even if your iPhone is on silent.

Ring mode

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

Silent mode

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

 

Change ringtones and vibrations

On iPhone 7 and later, you can adjust the settings for ringtone and vibration in Settings > Sounds & Haptics. On earlier iPhone models, go to Settings > Sounds.

By default, the volume of ringtones and alerts mirrors the volume you set for audio playback. If you want to control your ringtone and alert volume separately from other apps, turn off Change with Buttons. If you turn off Change with Buttons, you need to manually adjust your ringtone and alert volume in Settings > Sounds & Haptics or Settings > Sounds.

On the same screen, 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.
 

Change sound and vibration

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. Then select an option, like Ringtone or New Mail, and choose a different tone.
  3. If you want to adjust the vibration, tap Vibration, then choose from the list.

Create a custom vibration:

  1. Tap Create New Vibration.
  2. Tap the screen to create a pattern, then tap Stop.
  3. Tap Play to test your vibration.
  4. When you're done, tap Save and give it a name. You can also tap Record to redo the custom vibration.
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