AirPods and alert volume

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  1. jonfarr macrumors 6502a

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    So I have noticed that with the AirPods, the phone volume for music playback is different than the alert volume. I have the music volume at a reasonable level, but when I get an alert, like my text message sound, it comes through at FULL volume and wants to blow my ears out. Is there any way to change this?
     
  2. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    Go Timbers! I don't have a specific answer, just love your avatar.
     
  3. jonfarr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, hopefully a better season next year!
     
  4. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Disconnect the AirPods from your phone and then go to the home screen and change the volume. It should say "ringer". Ringer controls the volume of alarms and alert sounds.
     
  5. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I'm still waiting for mine to come in the mail, but if this is the case that's not good. I have my ringer set to loud so that I can actually hear it, and if I have to turn it down every time I use the AirPods, it would be so annoying. I'm really hoping this isn't the case.
     
  6. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    This has always been the case with any kind of audio playback on iOS.
     
  7. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I never noticed this with my other headphones. My alert volume is almost up all they way, but the notifications come through at a relatively low level on my headphones (bluetooth and wired). I thought that iOS automatically adjusts the alert volumes to reasonable levels since it fades out the audio when a notification comes in when using headphones.
     
  8. CharlesShaw, Dec 28, 2016
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    Now that you know the Ringer and Alerts are separate from the headphone volume, I recommend a visit to Settings, Sound & Haptics, and turn off Change with Buttons" and then select a volume level that you want. I use my iPhone as my alarm clock and learned the hard way long ago that it's too easy to turn the volume down to zero for the ringer without thinking about it, missing your alarm the next morning.
     
  9. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I believe Ringer and Alerts are lumped into one category. The volume of your ringtone is the same for your notifications. There is a switch to prevent the volume buttons on your phone from changing the volume of the Ringtone/Alerts.
     
  10. CharlesShaw, Dec 28, 2016
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    Correct they are separate from headphone volume. I wrote it poorly and just edited it. Thanks!
     
  11. Traverse macrumors 603

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    For me, Siri was way too loud.

    Activate Siri, then press the volume down button to adjust the volume and it sticks to whatever you chose.
     
  12. jonfarr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    not the what I am talking about. What I am referring to is when you are using the AirPods and a text comes in, the sound is so loud, way louder than the music that is playing.
     
  13. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried resetting the AirPods? I'm not sure if there is even such an option since I don't own a pair, but that would be my first attempt at fixing it. I believe iOS usually fades out the media when a notification comes through. It does not play the notification sound at the level of your ringer/alert setting. At least for me that seems to be the case.
     
  14. jonfarr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There is no way to reset them.
     
  15. WillaBob macrumors newbie

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    I have the same issue! Loosing my hearing and throwing my AirPods when I get a text.

    Turning down Siri works only for Siri. I want the ringer to be up on my phone, just don't need my AirPods at full blast when I have them in. It seams it's ok if I am listening to music but if I just have them in my ears doing nothing for a little while then text notifications are very loud.
     
  16. Ralfi macrumors 6502a

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    Apple need to fix this asap. It's not good for the ears.
     
  17. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Yeah, it's a bit crazy. I was just sitting today listening to some soothing music while I watched the water, and suddenly a tweet reply came in and it blew my ears out.

    For a company that even puts a warning in the manual saying that listening at loud volumes can cause hearing damage, you'd think they wouldn't have this problem.
     
  18. indygreg71 macrumors newbie

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    Just yesterday I updated my text alert sound to the sound of a disc (disc golf) hitting the chains of a basket. Just was listening to an audio book and jumped out of my seat as I thought some glass blew up behind me. Co-workers were like WTF man? Now I am scared to listen
    --- Post Merged, May 16, 2017 ---
    After having many Android phones from the day the first Moto Droid came out, I have been on iphones since the 6. I do not miss Android overall. But I dearly miss the granular control over sounds that Android had. It blows my mind that something so obvious has not been addressed. I loved sound profiles - when this profile is on, this alert sounds like this at this volume. Then at this profile it is different.
     
  19. CleanOK macrumors newbie

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    It appears that every user of Airpods has this 'Loud Message Alert Sound'. :(
    I wanted to check: did anyone report to Apple Support? Any feedback?
    This bug is really hurting me every day. :mad:
     
  20. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended

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    Of course there is. Rather than state something as fact, if you don't how to do it, ask.

    Open the case hold the back button on the case until it flashes amber 3 times then forget them in Bluetooth and re pair.
     
  21. CleanOK macrumors newbie

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    Hey RadioGaGa1984, thanks for the explanation! I tried to reset and unpair as you described, then paired again. And - voila, it worked for me! I sent myself 3 different messages from other devices to my iPhone with Airpods connected - and - no more 'Loud Message Alert Sound'!

    Kudo to you, and thanks! Now I will start properly enjoying my Airpods. :p
     
  22. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't have this issue.
     
  23. CleanOK macrumors newbie

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    Hi again guys, seems that I was too fast to recognize that the problem is solved. After writing a message above, I put Airpods back into the charger case, and when I pulled them out of the case and put them into my ears the evening, I again started receiving the bloody 'Loud Message Alert Sound'. =(((

    So, the problem is open and even more frustrating.


    Hi matrix07, do you use custom Messages sound, or you use one of default ones?
     
  24. Ralfi, Jul 7, 2017
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    I've copied the link to this thread in a suggestion I've sent Apple Support, for an independent notification volume setting for Airpods.

    I suggest others do the same - the more people make Apple aware, the better...

    https://www.apple.com/feedback/airpods.html
     
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