Can I Make My iPhone Ringer Louder?

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Can I Make My iPhone Ringer Louder?
Being able to hear your iPhone ring should not be a problem. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The Apple iPhone is one of many hand-held cellphones on the market today that boasts Internet capabilities and photo taking capabilities, however that doesn't mean it's a perfect device. The ringtone that comes with the iPhone may be too low for some, which can lead to missed phone calls. Luckily, there are ways to increase the volume of the iPhone ringtone so that you never miss a call again.

Pump Up Volume

One of the easiest ways to increase the ringer volume on your iPhone is to do it manually. Simply locate the volume button, which is located on the top left side of the actual device. Press the volume button until you notice a volume control meter on your display screen. The more you press the volume button, the more the meter will fill up, indicating that the ringtone is increasing in volume. Once you have found the right ringtone level, slide the ring/silent switch to ring. This switch is located directly above the volume button. If you wish to turn the ringer off, turn the phone to silent using the same switch.

New Ringtone

Even at full volume, you may feel as if your iPhone ringer is just not loud enough. If this is the case, try using a custom ringtone as compared with the ringtone that comes standard with the iPhone. Using the Garage Band application, locate the "Cell Phone Ringing" audio track. If you are using a Mac computer, use the iFuntastic application to install the ringtone onto your iPhone. If you are using Windows PC, use the iBrickr or iPhoneRingtoneMaker application to install the new ringtone. The "Cell Phone Ringing" track is naturally louder than any ringtone that comes with the iPhone.

The Cause

Since the iPhone is designed to be a handheld communication device -- as well as a handheld computer, camera and media player -- the speakers are small. Although smaller speakers can lead to low volume, the iPhone speakers are not the root cause of the problem. Rather, it's the audio frequency of the ringtones that come with the iPhone. When searching for a new ringtone on Garage Band -- or through another application -- make sure it has a high frequency level to ensure a loud ringtone.


The purpose of a louder ringtone on your iPhone is -- in short -- to ensure that you never miss an important call. Many elements can lead to not hearing a low ringtone, including noisy environments or simply being hard of hearing. Although a louder ringtone can help solve these issues, they may not be full proof. If you are expecting an important call, check your iPhone frequently. If you are trying to reach someone who has a low ringtone on the iPhone, try sending a text message as well to make sure you get through to the person.

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