How to Adjust & Balance iPhone Sound

by Avery Martin
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The iPhone provides built-in options for setting its sound options. Additionally, you can set options to control individual system sounds including key clicks, ringtones, alarms and notifications. Once you have set all of the individual options, you can quickly mute the phone and change the overall system volume using the iPhone's hardware buttons. For the best sound quality, you should use a pair of Apple's In-Ear headphones with an attached microphone. In-Ear headphones provide higher audio quality and can improve the clarity of your communications.

Sound Settings

Step 1

Tap "Settings" and select "Sound" on your iPhone.

Step 2

Set the vibrate options by setting the "Vibrate on Ring" and "Vibrate on Silent" toggle switches "On" or "Off."

Step 3

Drag the "Ringer and Alerts" slider to your desired volume. Turn the "Change With Buttons" option to "On" if you want to control the volume slider using the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone without having to access the Sound Settings again.

Step 4

Select the sounds for various system audio in the Sounds and Vibrations Patterns section. Tap the option you want to change and select a tone to use for the action. You may also change the vibration preference after selecting an option by tapping "Vibration" at the top of the screen and selecting an option.

Step 5

Set the "Lock Sounds" toggle switch to "Off" if you want to disable the clicking sound made when locking or unlocking your iPhone.

Set the "Keyboard Clicks" toggle switch to "Off" if you want to disable the keyboard clicking sound while typing with the on-screen keyboard.

In-Ear Headphones Balance

Step 1

Connect a pair of In-Ear headphones with a combined remote and mic to the headphone jack of your iPhone.

Step 2

Remove the old ear tips by grasping the plastic ear tip and pulling the ear tips from opposite sides straight off the speakers. Check the Mesh caps to ensure that no debris or dirt has clogged the caps. If the caps need to be cleaned, soak them in a cup of hot water with a drop of dish soap for 30 minutes. Rinse the ear tips with cool water and wait for them to dry completely before replacing them.

Step 3

Place the medium-size replacement ear tips on your headset.

Step 4

Pull one side of your earlobe gently down while inserting the earbud with an "L" on it into your left ear. Complete the same process for your right ear.

Step 5

Check the comfort of the medium-sized ear tips and evaluate whether the ear tips move around, feel loose or don't provide a good seal. If they feel loose, remove them and replace them with a larger sized set of ear tips. If they are too tight, use a smaller size. Each ear may require a different sized ear tip, since both ears aren't always the same size.

Step 6

Allow the headphone jack to hang freely. Don't hold the cord or bring the microphone closer to your face while speaking.

Adjust the volume of the iPhone and achieve a proper volume balance using the volume controls on the remote's clicker on the headphone's cord.

Using iPhone Without Headphones

Step 1

Hold the iPhone as you would a normal phone. Place the speaker in a place that allows you to hear comfortably on your ear.

Step 2

Speak normally, and if you have trouble hearing the other person or the speakers are too loud, use the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone to increase of decrease the sound.

Step 3

Check the speaker and mic on the iPhone for any debris. If the iPhone has a case, make sure the speakers and mic are not covered.

Check the speakers and mics on your iPhone for any debris. Use a dry soft-bristled brush to clear away any debris.


  • Information in this article applies to iPhone 4 and 5 running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Vibration settings don't use the speakers when activated. However, the sound of your iPhone vibrating may cause unanticipated noise and disrupt others in low-noise situations.
  • The volume buttons on the side control the volume of your ringer and alerts provided the Change With Buttons option is set to "On" and you are not currently taking a phone call.


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About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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