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Ringtones, sounds, and volume

Ringtones and sounds are a good way to help you decide when to pay attention to your phone. You can assign different sounds to different kinds of alerts and different ringtones to different people.

But if you're in a place where your ringing, jangling phone could be an embarrassment or an offense, you'll want to know where the volume buttons are. They make it easy to turn the sound up and down for calls or music, and to quickly silence your phone. In Settings, you can choose whether using the volume buttons will set your phone to vibrate or be totally silent.

You can also create your own ringtones. To learn more, see Create ringtones.

To change a ringtone for a contact

  1. On Start, tap People, then flick to All.

  2. Tap the contact you want to change.

  3. Tap Edit Edit icon.

  4. Tap Ringtone, then tap the ringtone you want to assign.

To change any other ringtone or alert

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon > Ringtones + sounds.

  2. Tap the type of ringtone or alert you want to change, then choose the sound you want to use.

To silence your ringer using the volume buttons

  1. Press up or down on the Volume button to make the Volume bar appear.

    Volume bar
  2. Tap Ring Ring icon. If Vibrate is on in Settings, your phone will change to Vibrate Vibrate icon. If it's not, your phone will change to Silent Silence icon.

To choose your ringer and vibrate settings

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, then tap Settings Settings icon > Ringtones + sounds.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you want your phone to vibrate even when you silence it, turn Vibrate on.
    • If you don't want your phone to vibrate when you silence it, turn Vibrate off.

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