Audio on the iPhone: Adjust media and sound volume individually

Sometimes it happens that I am listening to an audio book, a podcast or music on the iPhone, but at the same time I am waiting for an important message. So that the notification tone of the incoming message is not lost in the soundscape of music or narration, it should be louder and thus stand out. Android users will now laugh and ask: What, you can't change the volume of different audio signals individually on the iPhone? Well, that's possible on iOS (see below), but not as easy as in some versions of Google's operating system. Let's see when Apple will add the media and sound volumes as separate controls control center packs.

If you want to set up different volumes for media, ringtones, audio notifications and messenger messages on the iPhone, you can find the instructions here.
If you want to set up different volumes for media, ringtones, audio notifications and messenger messages on the iPhone, you can find the instructions here.

Volume buttons on iPhone: what audio do they control?

By default, the volume buttons on the left side of the iPhone control the audio of music, audiobooks, videos, apps, and the like. So if you're playing media in the Music app, on YouTube, in Safari or elsewhere, you can use the corresponding buttons on the Apple smartphone to turn it up and down. However, this does not necessarily affect the volume of alert tones, call ringtones, message tones, and system-level alerts. This fact is not immediately clear because there is no system-wide volume display for it. You can still turn it up and down; and set them to be controlled with the buttons.

Increase or decrease notification and message tones on iOS

Maybe you've already figured it out: the way leads through the settings again. There, in the “Tones & Haptics” area, there is a section called “Bell and notification tones”. Not only is there a controller for the volume of calls, messenger apps, SMS and Co., but also the option of assigning control of the ringtones and notification tones to the volume buttons on the iPhone. And this is how you do it:

  1. Opens the Settings on your Apple iPhone
  2. Then tap the menu item tones and haptics an
  3. Use the slider or button assignment below ringtones and notification tones
Set different volume levels for music / podcasts / audio books and for calls / messages / alarm clock on the Apple iPhone in the iOS settings in the "Sounds & Haptics" area.
Set different volume levels for music / podcasts / audio books and for calls / messages / alarm clock on the Apple iPhone in the iOS settings in the "Sounds & Haptics" area.

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13 Responses to “Audio on iPhone: adjust media and sound volume individually”

  1. I've had problems with navigation apps on the iPhone for a while. The announcements are very quiet even though the volume is set to full.
    Well then I have to try that tomorrow 👍

          1. Prankster, then you don't have any confidential apps like TAN generators or similar.

            The encrypted backup secures the WiFi passwords ok, but that's about it...

  2. Thank you very much, a very useful article. I always thought that ringtones and audio media cannot be set separately because I used the volume buttons. Now everything is clear!

  3. How can I control the volume of the notification for individual contacts when a message arrives on the iPhone 7?
    My iPhone doesn't make a sound when messages arrive from certain contacts. I don't know why this is happening and would like to turn it off.
    At the same time, I would like to know how to reduce the volume of messages from other contacts.

    Assigning individual message tones to contacts works.

    Thank you very much for all attempts to help!

    1. I looked it up and everyone agrees that you can't set it differently for each contact. I don't think you can even set the volume for the ringtone and notification tone differently... unfortunately. I know that Android can do that, but Apple still needs to improve on that, if I see it correctly.

      1. Thanks for the quick research!
        Then the cuckoo will know why the messages of one of my contacts are muted – and how it could be normalized.

        1. Have you tried the ringtone that works for others on silent? Or could it be that some comments are set to go straight to voicemail?

          1. The problem has been solved, and it is astonishingly simple – details remain the same.
            Thank you for your helpful questions!
            First answer: Yes, they all have the same ringtone.
            Second answer: Nothing goes directly to the mailbox

            Now the solution; a young colleague found it after some trial and error.
            If you go into Messages, which lists all the latest messages from all sorts of people (not a specific messaging exchange), and then hold your finger on a contact for a moment, the three options that appear are Delete, Pin, and, tadaa, "Turn off alerts."
            If the alerts are turned off, which is indicated by a tiny crossed-out bell in the first list view, there will be no signal when a message comes in from this person.

            It can be that simple.
            If only all problems could be solved so easily…

          2. Hello Al! Yes, it's that simple. 😊 You just have to know it! Thank you for publishing the instructions here. I'm sure someone will read this at some point and be happy that they found the solution.

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