iPhone Volume Settings – How to Control Volumes on iPhone or iPad

There are many ways you can control the volume on your iPhone or iPad. You can simply choose how to control your iOS devices sound system depending on the situation you find yourself. For instance, your “go-to volume” control method could stop working, and in that case you will need to use some other alternative method before you get it fixed. This post will show you more about iPhone volume settings and how you can control the volume on your iOS devices.

iPhone Volume Settings

The following are some methods you can use to control the volume on your iPhone or iPad.

iPhone Volume Settings – How to Control Volumes on iPhone or iPad

Using Volume Control Buttons for Ringer and Alert Volumes

The best and simplest way of controlling your iPhone or iPad volume settings is by using the volume control buttons. These buttons are located on the left side of your iOS device. There are usually two volume control buttons

iPhone Volume Butons

The first volume control button increases the volume of your device while the second one is used for decreasing the volume. When you look from the top left hand side of your iPhone, the control button meant for volume increase always come first while the decrease control button is located exactly below it.

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Most iPhone models have their Volume Up and Volume Down buttons marked with the plus (+) and minus (-) sign, respectively.

To change your iPhone’s Ringer, Alert, or other notification sound volume; simply press one of those buttons while your phone is unlocked. You will also see a notification that your device’s Ringer volume is increasing or decreasing on your phone’s display.

Using Volume Control Buttons for Audio Volume

If you want to control your iPhone or iPad’s audio volume, you need to press the same buttons (+ or -) while listening to songs, playing movies, or playing other multimedia content on the devices. Doing so will not affect your Ringer or Alert volumes. It will only lower or increase your iOS device’s audio sound volume.

Putting Your iPhone into Silent Mode

If you want to switch your iPhone into Silent Mode, simply press the small rectangular switch which is also found on the left side of your device. This switch is located at the very top of your iPhone’s side (above the volume Up button).

If you want to switch back to Ringer Mode, simply press the switch again. In case your iPhone or iPad sound control buttons are faulty (maybe they are stuck or broken) you can try the next control method in your iPhone volume settings.

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Controlling the Volume through Settings

  • Tap on the Settings app from your iPhone’s/iPad’s Home screen.
  • Scroll down and tap on the Sounds option (Sounds and Haptics on other devices). That will take you to another window where you’ll be able to see your phone’s entire sound configuration and change it.
  • To increase or decrease your iOS device’s Ringer and Alerts volume, simply drag the slider under the Ringer and Alerts label. Drag it to the right if you want to increase the volume or to the left if you want to decrease it.
iPhone Ringer and Alert Settings

The “Vibrate on Ring” and “Vibrate on Silent” switch options are located in the Vibrate section of the same Sounds (or Sounds and Haptics) settings window. To make your iPhone vibrate while in Ring mode, tap on the Vibrate on Ring (the switch should turn to green if it’s enabled). To make your phone vibrate while in Silent mode, tap the other switch.

In the mentioned Ringer and Alerts section, you will notice the Change with Buttons switch. This switch allows you to lock or unlock your iPhone’s Ringer and Alert volumes. If the Change with Buttons switch has turned to gray after you might have tapped it, it means that you have locked your phone’s Ringer and Alert volumes. In other words, you will not be able to adjust these volumes by pressing the volume control buttons.

If you want to adjust your iPhone’s ringtone, new mail tone, text tone or new voicemail tone, scroll down to the “Sounds and Vibration Patterns”. Tap on the option that you want to change and choose the sound that you want.

Adjusting the Volume through Control Center

You can adjust your iPhone Ringer volume even if it is locked. To do this, you will need to access your phone’s Control Center.

Simply double-tap on your iPhone’s screen to wake it up, and then swipe down from its top right hand corner. For models that came before the iPhone X, you will need to swipe up from the bottom side of the screen.

Once you have entered your phone’s Control Center, simply drag the Volume slider to adjust its volume.

Adjusting Your iPhone Volume by Using Siri

Siri is a virtual assistant and you can control your iPhone volume using it, but the issue is that you have to be connected to the internet to perform this function. This is another method of controlling your iPhone volume settings though.

To increase the volume by using Siri, say something like “Hey Siri, turn up the volume.”

Using the Volume Remote Control App

The Volume Remote Control App allows users to control the volume on one of their iOS devices by using another iOS device.  To do this, you have to:

  • Install the Volume Remote Control App on both devices.
  • Enable Bluetooth on both iOS devices.
  • Set one of your devices to receive volume.
  • Set your other device to control volume.
  • You can download this app from Apple’s official app store.


With so many options out there, you can configure your iPhone volume settings anyhow you want it. There are some of the methods you can use to increase or decrease the volume of your iPhone or iPad to suit your needs. Do you find this post useful? Simply share them with your friends on various social media by using the social share icons found on this page. If you have other methods of controlling your iPhone or iPad volume simply tell us in the comment section.

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Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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