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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.

Make your phone vibrate (or not) when it rings or when you tap

Turning off the "Vibrate on Ring" setting won't just cut down on distractions; it'll also conserve battery life.

If you'd rather not feel as well as hear that your Android phone or iPhone is ringing--or if you just want to conserve your battery life by keeping vibration to a bare minimum--there's a simple setting you can change.

For Android: Tap Settings > Sound & notification, then flip the Also vibrate for calls setting. Next, tap Other sounds, then do what you will with the Vibrate on touch setting.

For iOS: Tap Settings > Sounds, then toggle the Vibrate on Ring setting. You can also switch off the Vibrate on Silent setting, although you may miss a call or two if your silenced iPhone is sitting in your pocket.

6. Tweak with your equalizer levels [Android and iOS]

"Don't touch my levels!" warns Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown, but that's exactly what we're going to do with the equalizer settings on your Android or iOS device.

iPhones and iPads have a broad spectrum of EQ presets to choose from, while Android "Lollipop" devices have an actual (or virtual, anyway) five-band equalizer that you can adjust until your tunes sounds just right.

For Android:

Tap Settings > Sound & notification, then tap Audio Effects at the very top of the screen. (Yes, that's actually a button, not a heading.)

Make sure the Audio Effects switch is on, then go ahead and touch those five levels, or tap the Equalizer drop-down to pick a preset.

If your device is hooked up to wired stereo speakers, tap the Wired Stereo tab to choose an Effects Profile (such as "3D stereo," "home theater," "live stage," and so on) or a Surround setting (Live, Wide, or Ambient).

For iOS: Tap Settings, Music, EQ, then pick a preset--anything from Acoustic or Bass Booster to Small Speakers or Vocal Booster.


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