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6 gotta-know sound settings for Android and iOS

Ben Patterson | July 20, 2015
There's a lot more to the sounds on your Android phone or iPhone than the volume rocker on the side of your handset.

6 gotta-know sound settings for Android and iOS

There's a lot more to the sounds on your Android phone or iPhone than the volume rocker on the side of your handset.

You can tinker with dozens of sounds settings--everything from whether you want your onscreen keys to "click" when you tap them to which ringtone sounds when a specific loved one calls.

You can also tweak your music equalizer (yes, your device has one), turn down your music volume without quieting your alarm, and even silence the "lock" sound your device makes when you put it to sleep.

Read on for six Android and iOS sound settings you need to know, starting with...

(Note: The following tips apply to Android phones running on Lollipop and iPhones and iPads with iOS 8.4.)

1. Turn keyboard clicks on or off [Android & iOS]

Adding some feedback in the form of a little "click!" for each keytap can be a life saver when tapping the tiny keys on your handset's slippery on-screen keypad.

Then again, maybe all the clickety-clacking while you're typing on your Android phone or iPhone is driving you a bit batty.

Either way, there's an easy way to turn Android and iOS keyboard clicks on--or off.

For Android:

Tap Settings > Language & Input, then tap the name of the keyboard you're using (under the "Keyboards & input methods" heading).

For the stock Android keyboard, tap Preferences, then flip the Sound on keypress setting on or off. While you're at it, you can also choose whether your device vibrates when you tap a key by flipping the appropriate switch.

If you're using a third-party keypad, you may need to hunt and peck a bit to find the right setting. For the popular SwiftKey keyboard, for example, you'll need to tap Sound & Vibration, then check (or uncheck) the Keypress sound setting.

For iOS:

Tap Settings, then Sounds.

Scroll all the way down, then flick the Keyboard Clicks switch on or off.

2. Hear (or silence) the "lock" sound when you lock your phone [Android & iOS]

There's something comforting about the sound of your Android or iOS device locking itself when you put it to sleep. That said, there's nothing stopping you from muting the "lock" sound if it's getting old.

For Android: Tap Settings, Sound & Notification, tap Other sounds, then flip on (or off) the Screen locking sounds setting.

For iOS: Tap Settings, Sound, scroll all the way down and flip the Lock Sounds switch.

3. Keep the volume buttons from changing your ringer/alert volume [iOS]

Here's an interesting problem for those who use their iPhones or iPads as alarm clocks: when you use your device's volume keys to, say, turn down the volume on a song, a YouTube video, or anything else that's making noise on your handset, you may inadvertently be turning down the volume on your ringer and alert tones, too. (I found this out the hard way after sleeping through an iPhone alarm that was so quiet, I could barely hear it.)

 

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