iPhone Life magazine

iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Ringtones & Sounds

Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you some tips for Ringtones and Sounds in iOS 7.

1. Set Custom Ringtones

Did you know you can set up a custom ringer so you know who is calling or texting without looking?

Open Contacts > tap on Contact Name > Edit > then pick the new ringtone. 


2. Customize Vibration Alerts

If you have the ringer turned off on your phone, there's still a way to tell who's calling. You can tap out your own custom vibration alert for each contact.

Go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > scroll up to Vibration > then scroll down to Custom. Tap Create New Vibration and then tap out your beat. Hold your finger down to get a longer vibration.


3. Use the Camera Flash for Alerts

If there is a notification you just can't miss you can use your camera flash to alert you. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > LED Flash for Alerts to turn this on. Just be warned that this can can be very bright while you are driving or trying to sleep.


4. Optimize Sound for Hearing Aids/Closed Captioning

There is good news for iPhone users who are hard of hearing. If you wear hearing aids, you can improve audio quality by going through these steps: go to Settings > General > Accessibility > then scroll down to Hearing Aids and turn on the Hearing Aid Mode.
Use closed captioning by following the same steps: Settings > General > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning and turn on Closed Captions + SDH.



5. Add New Ringtones Without Paying More

The udemy/blog has an excellent tutorial on how to add a custom ringtone to your iPhone by using your iTunes music on your computer. The steps aren't too complicated and if you'd be willing to spend 10–15 minutes instead of $0.99 in the iTunes Store to get a ringtone, it's worth it.

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.