Change volume, sound & vibrate settings on Android

You can make your device’s volume louder or quieter. You can also change your ringtone, sound and vibration.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn your volume up or down

If you press your volume buttons when you're not listening to anything, your media volume changes. To change the volume of other sounds, such as your ringtone:

  1. Press a volume button.
  2. At the right, tap Settings Settings.
  3. At the top, slide the volume levels to where you want:
    • Media Media volume: Music, videos, games, other media
    • Call Call: Volume of the other person during a call
    • Ring Ring volume: Phone calls, notifications
    • Alarm alarm

Note: When you press a volume button, the volume that changes depends on what you're doing. For example, if you're watching a movie, the movie volume changes.

Turn on vibrate or mute

To make your calls and notifications vibrate or stay silent:

  1. Press a volume button.
  2. At the right, above the slider, you'll see an icon. Tap it until you see:
  3. Optional: To unmute or turn off vibrate, tap the icon until you see Ring Ring volume.

Tip: To stop a call while it's ringing, press a volume button.

Turn off some sounds and vibrations

You can silence all sounds, or turn on certain sounds such as alarms or important calls.

Learn how to control which sounds are silenced with 'Do Not Disturb'.

Make all phone calls vibrate

To make your phone vibrate for all calls whether the ring volume is on or not:

  1. Press a volume button.
  2. At the right, tap Settings Settings.
  3. Turn on Also vibrate for calls.
Change what happens when you press Power + Volume up

To quickly turn on vibrate, press Power + Volume up.

You can change what happens when you press these buttons:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Shortcut to prevent ringing.
  3. Tap Press Power & Volume Up together.
  4. Choose what happens:
    • Vibrate: Phone calls and notifications vibrate
    • Mute: Phone calls and notifications are silent
    • Do nothing

Note: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Change ringtones

Change your ringtone
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Phone ringtone.
  3. Pick a ringtone.
  4. Tap Save.
Assign a ringtone to someone

You can have different ringtones for different people.

  1. Open your device's Contacts app Contacts app.
  2. Tap a contact.
  3. Tap More More and then Set ringtone.
  4. Choose a ringtone.
  5. Tap Save.
Get new ringtones

Get ringtone apps

You can get more ringtones from ringtone apps in the Google Play Store Google Play.

Transfer a ringtone from a computer

  1. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. Learn how to transfer files by USB.
  2. In the window that opens, find the 'Ringtones' folder. Copy your music file (MP3) into the 'Ringtones' folder.
  3. Disconnect your phone from your computer.

Tip: Alarm and phone ringtones use different folders. Learn how to add ringtones for alarms.

Change other sounds & vibrations

Change notification sounds & vibration

Change your notification sound

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Advanced and then Default notification sound.
  3. Choose a sound.
  4. Tap Save.

Choose different sounds for different apps

You can choose different notification sounds for some apps. Use the settings menu inside each app. For example, learn how to change Gmail notifications.

Make your notifications vibrate

Some apps let you choose whether to vibrate for their notifications. Depending on the app, you can change this setting from inside the app, on a notification or in your Settings app.

Learn how to change notifications for certain apps.

Choose keyboard sounds & vibrations

To change typing sounds and vibrations, you may need to change your keyboard's settings.

For example, to change Gboard sounds:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input.
  3. Tap Virtual keyboard and then Gboard.
  4. Tap Preferences.
  5. Turn on or off:
    • Sound on keypress
    • Haptic feedback on keypress
      Note: If you don't see 'Haptic feedback on keypress', tap Vibrate on keypress.

Note: If you have Gboard 'Haptic feedback on keypress' turned on, make sure that 'Touch vibration' is also on. Learn how to turn on 'Touch vibration'.

Change emergency broadcast settings

You can change your settings for emergency alerts, such as AMBER alerts and threat notifications. Learn how to change your emergency alerts.

Choose other sounds & vibrations (touch, charging, screen lock & more)

You can choose whether to play sounds for your dial pad, screen lock, charging and touch. You can also turn touch vibrations on or off.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Advanced.
  3. Turn a sound or vibration on or off.
Change work profile sounds

If you use your device for work or school, and you've set up a work profile, you can choose its ringtones and sounds.

  1. Set up a work profile. Learn how.
  2. Open your device's Settings app.
  3. Tap Sound and then Advanced.
  4. Scroll down to 'Work profile sounds'.

If you're using Android 8.1 & below

Turn your volume up or down
  1. Press a volume button.
  2. At the right, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Choose the volume type:
    • Media Media volume (music, videos, games, other media)
    • Ring Ring volume (calls, notifications)
    • Alarm alarm

You can also change volumes from your Settings app and then Sound.

Turn on vibrate

To have your device vibrate only (not make sounds), press and hold the volume down button until your device vibrates.

If your media volume gets turned down instead:

  • At the right, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  • Slide 'Ring' all the way to the left.

When your device is in vibrate mode, you'll see Vibrate Vibrate.

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