How to Turn Off Text Sounds When Sending Messages on an iPhone

by Avery Martin

The iPhone's default setting makes a "swoosh" sound each time you send or receive a message. Disabling the sound can make your communications less obvious, provide a way to text quietly and avoid bringing attention to yourself. In addition to disabling the default text sounds, you can also disable the vibration pattern or choose a different vibration pattern each time you get a text. While the vibration pattern doesn't use the speakers, it can still create disruption, especially in quiet settings.

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" app.

Step 2

Select the "Sounds" option.

Step 3

Choose the "Text Tone" setting and tap "None."

Set the "Vibration" option to "None" if you want to disable the vibrate feature as well. You can also select a different vibration pattern, if desired.


  • To quickly disable the text sounds, set the "Ring/Silent" switch to the "Off" position by pressing the switch toward the back of the iPhone.

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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 Education.com, 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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