Change volume, sound & vibrate settings

You can change your device's current volume. You can also change your default ringtone, sound, and vibrate settings.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change volume settings

Change ring, media & alarm volumes

You can use the volume buttons on the side of your device to change the volume of media, alarms, and rings.

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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 media volume changes.

  1. To open the volume slider, 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 Settings app and then Sound.

Turn on vibrate mode

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.

Mute your device or limit interruptions

You can mute your device so that it doesn't make sounds or vibrate. You can mute your device completely, or let through things like alarms or important calls.

Learn how to silence your device with "Do Not Disturb."

Change phone ringtone & vibration settings

Change default ringtone
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Phone ringtone.
  3. Pick a ringtone. Tap Save.
Change vibrate settings for calls

Your phone will vibrate for calls when your ring volume is turned all the way down to Vibrate Vibrate.

If you'd like your phone to vibrate for all calls whether the volume is up or down:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound.
  3. Turn on Also vibrate for calls.
Assign a ringtone to a contact

You can have different ringtones for different people.

  1. Open your device's Contacts app Contacts.
  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 on Google Play or in your device's Play Store app 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, you'll see 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 notification sound & vibration settings

Change default notification sound

Choose a default sound for your device

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

Choose different sounds for different apps

Some apps let you choose which sound their notifications make. Use the settings menu inside each app. For example, learn how to change Gmail notifications.

Change notifications vibration

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 Settings app.

Learn how to change notifications for certain apps.

Change touch, type & other sounds & vibrations

Control keyboard typing sounds & vibrations

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

For example, to change Gboard sound settings:

  1. Open your device's Settings app 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
      If you don't see "Haptic feedback on keypress," tap Vibrate on keypress.
Control emergency broadcasts (mobile broadcasts)

You can change your emergency alert settings, like for AMBER alerts and threat notifications.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Advanced and then Emergency alerts.
Control 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 Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Advanced.
  3. Turn the listed sounds or vibrations on or off.

Identify a song (Pixel 2 only)

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Advanced and then Now Playing.
  3. Turn on Show on lock screen.

Learn more about songs playing around you.

Change your work profile sounds

If you have your device through work or school, and you've set up a work profile, you can separately control your work ringtones and sounds.

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

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