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How to customize sounds on your iPhone or iPad

Every time you receive a call, text, email, or calendar notification your iPhone or iPad will make a sound. All these sounds have defaults and most of them are different so you can tell them apart; however, you can customize all the sounds your iPhone and iPad makes each time a notification is received or an action — such as sending an email or making a Facebook post — is performed.

How to change your ringtone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Ringtone.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your text tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Text Tone.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your voicemail tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap New Voicemail.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your mail tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap New Mail.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your sent mail tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Sent Mail.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your tweet tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Tweet.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your Facebook post tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Facebook Post.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your Calendar alerts tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Calendar Alerts.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

Launch the Settings app, tap sounds, tap calendar alerts, and then tap on the sound you want.

How to change your Reminder alerts tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Reminder Alerts.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to change your AirDrop tone on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap AirDrop.
  4. Tap the sound you want. Tapping on the sound will also play the sound so you can hear it.

How to disable keyboard clicks on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap the On/Off switch next to Keyboard Clicks. If the switch is green that means the clicks are on, if it's gray the sound has been disabled.

Launch the Settings app, tap sounds, and then tap on the on/off switch next to keyboard clicks.

If you ever want to turn the keyboard clicks back on, just follow these same steps.

How to disable the lock sound on iPhone and iPad.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap the On/Off switch next to Lock Sound. If the switch is green that means the clicks are on, if it's gray the sound has been disabled.

If you ever want to turn the lock sound back on, just follow these same steps.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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7 Comments
  • Apple should add new notifiers and ringtones to the new iOS 10 Sent from the iMore App
  • Apple should let us customize our own text tones. We could record our own voice and set that as a ring/text tone. Sent from the iMore App
  • You're only 5 years late. This feature has been available since iOS 5, to set any tone as a custom one, just create a ringtone file as normal then you can use it
  • Except you still need a computer with iTunes to have custom ringtones. Something easily done with Android. Sent from the iMore App
  • They need to slow custom ringtones and sounds for third party apps. Right now the way I get a custom sound for Outlook is to set up the built in email to check for email but not retrieve them to get the sound and turn off sound in Outlook. Setting up sounds should not be that complicated. Sent from the iMore App
  • This is where Blackberry was awesome. Click and set as ringtone ... Done. You could use any sound as a tone or ringtone. With iOS it's worse than dealing with the United Nations. Sent from the iMore App
  • I went from Windows to Android & now iPhone and I must say that setting up my my custom ringtones on the iPhone was the most painful & excruciating experience ever. The process on Windows & Android are so simple. A few clicks of the PHONE ONLY and done! I have a few custom ringtones on my iPhone now & don't plan on getting any more unless Apple makes the process easier