iPhone Tips & Tricks: Fix for iPhone’s low ringer volume

One of the complaints of the iPhone, probably the most hyped gadgets ever created, has surprisingly been iPhone’s low ringer volume. It seems to be well below the standard, in terms of volume, established by other mobile handsets.

Most of the users have blamed iPhone’s tiny speakers to be the culprit of this problem. However, as per folks at iPhoneAlley, the culprit could be the audio itself and not the speaker.

So if you are one of those who finds your iPhone’s ringer volume too low then here is a tip for you. Your iPhone’s ringer volume issue can be resolved by using a custom ringtone rather than ringtones currently available on the iPhone and more importantly the ringtone should be a loud, high frequency audio.

To make your life easier Michael Johnston from iPhoneAlley also has given the details of where to find this high frequency audio. If you have a MAC then you don’t need to look any further as you can find it on your MAC itself.

After some searching, he found the simple "ring" he was looking for in the track aptly called "Cell Phone Ringing" thanks to GarageBand’s free audio tracks. The track can be found at the following location:

/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/iLife Sound Effects/Work – Home/Cell Phone Ringing.aif

(Those with Windows PC can probably ask their friends who have a MAC to send the audio to them as I could not find it on the internet to provide you with the link)

You need to use one of the iPhone Hacks mentioned below to get this audio as the custom ringtone on your iPhone:

You will be pleasantly surprised how well you can hear your iPhone’s ringer once you have "Cell Phone Ringing" as your ringtone.

Thanks Michael for the latest iPhone tip!

Folks! I don’t have an iPhone yet to check this out (iPhone still to be launched in Europe) so do let me know in the comments below if this solves the low ringer volume problem for you.

Update: Greg Geller from FutureMusic, a reader @ iPhoneHacks.com has just sent an enhanced version of Cell_Phone_Ringing.aif file. This is what he had to say:

I took the Cell_Phone_Ringing.aif file that you suggested and utilizing some of the latest software from our studios, I was able to increase the volume significantly while enhancing the sonic frequencies to sharpen its character as well. I also shortened the time between rings to two seconds. Enjoy!

Excellent stuff Greg! Thanks a ton for send this in. You can download the enhanced version of "Cell Phone Ringing" from this link .

[via iPhoneAlley]

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  • Steven

    I agree completely. Two great high-pitched ringtones I enjoy are five seconds of the electronic soundstrack from "Space 1999" and the repeating flashback siren sound from "Kill Bill". The latter is so loud it freaks me out when the iPhone rings!

  • Chris

    I set the bridge of 11AM by Incubus as my ringtone. it's definitely loud enough, but the bass seems to be a little distorted when it plays. Any ideas?

  • Arthur Freydin

    almost any ringtone I've tested sounds much louder than apple's stock tones.
    currently, I use the theme for American Beauty for my girlfriend's ring and a couple others for other people. Every ringtone sounds louder than stock.

  • http://www.flyawaystudios.com Christian

    For the bass in the phone's speaker… Drop the ringtone in Garageband, (try Soundforge 'PC', or try Audacity 'MAC') run a graphic equalizer or something of that nature and cut out any frequency below about 80-100Hz Those frequencies will just muddy up the speaker, especially a bass-heavy mix. I don't have time to give a step by step, but try decreasing the bass.

    As for the volume of Apple's stock ringtones: They are no where near the industry standard of 0dbs. I've made sure to normalize the audio for ringtones going into my phone to THIS level (0dbs), the result… the phone produces more than adequate volume. I've had my phone maxed out and really couldn't hear it before. Now most all ringtones sound loud. (and good, aka no buzzing or cracking in the speaker)

    WARNING: Most "warm" or "mellow" sounding songs and tones are not going to produce enough of the frequencies that cut through the noise of everyday life. Songs that are classified as ringtones, such as those that download strait to the phone, have been very "adjusted" to cut through. Not just conversion happens in this process, but boosts and cuts in key frequencies. I guess Apple didn't get the memo.

    WARNING: Louder is better, Right? If 0dbs is good, how about +10dbs! Not a good idea, overtime you WILL hurt your speaker. There is a reason it's called an "industry standard" anything above 0dbs is not recommended.

    Lastly, no worries. I think I speak for most to say that the iPhone's "pros" far outweigh it "cons."

  • Reg

    It's Mac, not MAC.

    (Unless you are SHOUTING or referring to Media Access Control.)

    Mac is an abbreviation of Macintosh, not an acronym.

  • Kendrick

    ya i used to have a blackjack and it played loud ringtones just fine. i used the same song for the iphone and it sounds horrible. i tried reducing the base as much as i could, but it doesnt work.

  • Kendrick

    ya i used to have a blackjack and it played loud ringtones just fine. i used the same song for the iphone and it sounds horrible. i tried reducing the base as much as i could, but it doesnt work.

  • shawn

    the modded "Cell Phone Ringing" works very well…

    thanks!

  • john rogersonsteinsberger

    ^ Christian thinks hes bad ass for correcting you for such a small meaningless error.

  • Mike

    ^ Shawn think's he's badass for pointing it out.

  • Mike

    ^ Shawn think's he's badass for pointing it out.

  • Mike

    ^ Shawn think's he's badass for pointing it out.

  • Bedok

    ^ Mike thinks he's badass for triple posting.

  • AlKu

    you guys are nuts :P

  • shane blyth

    "You can download the enhanced version of "Cell Phone Ringing"

    ok so what do i do with this file when it has been downloaded… sorry i am new at this
    cheers

  • Miakosan

    Friends, please don't kill me an once :) . As "shane blyth" I am a new user of iPhone and almost destroyed it by installing iFantastic just to get the file inside device :(
    What should I do to get it work, if I have:
    1) iPhone vers. 1.1.1 (3A109a);
    2) Mac OS Leopard with iTunes vers 7.6 (29);
    3) file "Cell_Phone_Ringing.aif" on my Mac and not on my iPhone?

    Thanks!

  • Miakosan

    Hello!
    I converted my own file Loud.mp3 to format m4a by program Switch Plus, and transfered it to iPhone by iNdependens 1.3.1. It is now on the iPhones sound list as Loud.m4r (as all other sound files there with an extention m4r), but… it does not work (no sound at all). I can hear only original sounds from the list. What I did wrong?
    Thanks!

  • Gustavo

    thanks, this really works, but do you have any other enhanced ringtones available ?

  • Rich Cook

    HEre's how to get ringtones onto your iPhone if you have a Mac without hacking the iphone!
    How to make ringtones with iTunes 7.6 and iPhone 1.1.3.

    Apple has stopped allowing mp3s to work with iPhone ringtones. Also, ringtones need to be "short" (< 30sec? make 29 secs or less in iTunes)

    How To:

    1) Copy out songs or files to a folder and open them with QuickTime player.
    2) Shorten them to 29 seconds
    3) Export them to AIFF format
    4) Import aiff files into iTunes.
    5) Convert them to AAC format.
    6) Copy aac files out to folder. They will have .m4a extension.
    7) Change their m4a extension to m4r
    8) Delete the original aac files from iTunes
    9) Empty the trash
    10) Drag the m4r files onto iTunes. They should appear into ringtones area and get put onto phone next sync.

  • elmo

    I am new to the iphone. I have 16G and used ziphone. i downloaded some stuff thru the installer but now i can't see my calendar icon. please help. thank you
    k_hundred@yahoo.com

  • Adam

    hey I got an 8 gb and I used iliberty does anyone know how to make edge work

  • Sukhwinder

    elmo, edge is simply setup,
    just goto setting>gernel>network>edge>apn= your carrier APN address like i am using Cellone and its APN is gprsnorth.cellone.in
    you have done it enjoy

  • Tracy

    For custom ringtones, followed the path: library/audio/apple loops/apple/life sound effects/jingles

    Those jingles are songs. Choose ones that are higher pitched and they'll make good ringtones.

    To make the volume louder, double-click the jingle to pop it in to itunes.

    Under ' get info', click on the options tab, and adjust the volume all the way up. Allso pull equalizer preset to bass reducer

    Download the application PocketMac RingtoneStudio. It is very easy to use.

    Open the application and drag your song (the new edited version, not the original jingle), onto the window. Clip it to <30 secs, and it will dump it into your ringtone folder in iTunes. Next time you sync, it will be on your phone.

    You can use the same process with music files from your iTunes. Just make sure you duplicate the original song and give it a different name or you'll lose your good song.

    • http://google Sarah

      What if there is no ringtone at all, on both the iPhone 4 & 4s?sa

  • Tracy

    For custom ringtones, followed the path: library/audio/apple loops/apple/life sound effects/jingles

    Those jingles are songs. Choose ones that are higher pitched and they'll make good ringtones.

    To make the volume louder, double-click the jingle to pop it in to itunes.

    Under ' get info', click on the options tab, and adjust the volume all the way up. Allso pull equalizer preset to bass reducer

    Download the application PocketMac RingtoneStudio. It is very easy to use.

    Open the application and drag your song (the new edited version, not the original jingle), onto the window. Clip it to <30 secs, and it will dump it into your ringtone folder in iTunes. Next time you sync, it will be on your phone.

    You can use the same process with music files from your iTunes. Just make sure you duplicate the original song and give it a different name or you'll lose your good song.

  • http://raybobbear.blogspot.com Raybob

    Off-topic, sorry: how do you get an AIFF file on an iPhone (NOT in iTunes already) into iTunes? I have a friend with a very new iPhone (she's a non-techie) and just came back from a Native American gathering where she recorded about 80 songs to her phone in AIFF and she wants to get them into iTunes to burn CDs to share with her gathering friends. Any help here is appreciated. Thanks!

  • http://www.pocketpc.gen.tr Hussein EROL

    nice tips. thx

  • Claire Godwin

    Hi, this is without question THE most usefull site. ever. I have managed to set my Iphone up ok (Im not very techie…. was also dissapointed i have no MMS capabilities) But please help. I NEED a longer and louder incoming text tone/alert. The standard ones are rubbish….what can i do??
    many thabks, Claire

  • tzuwho@comcast.net

    Anyone have a fix for the actual phone volume? The ringer is ok but I can't hear anyone when I make or receive calls.

  • dougan.alan@yahoo.co.uk

    hi guys my iphone volume was really low i have taken the mesh cover out at the bottom and using a small needle poked a few small holes right through the mesh and the glue on the back and the sound is 100% better try this it really works, how they expect any decent sound to come through the glue on the back of the mesh is beyond me !!!

  • Scorpio

    Really?? After reading this article, the only thing you could find to say was to criticize someone's use of capital letters? Here's a few for ya:

    GET A LIFE.

  • me

    Hahahaha, good one !

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    Hello Friend

    Your tips are great informative.I like these.Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://teknoise.com Sha4_

    I am a new user to ma iPhone and with its low volume a was planning to change it but your tips helped me to stay with in and Thanks for the tips and continue posting tips like this.

  • http://www.clarityseminars.com Karen Gamow

    I converted Greg Geller’s enhanced cell phone ring tone (FABULOUS, by the way) so people can easily use it, without having to fiddle endlessly to get it into the right m4r format. It’s in m4r now. If you’d like it, I’d love to email it to you, so people can save time. (Took me 30 minutes to convert and use). If people download this and double click on it, it automatically goes into iTunes as a Ringtone, and place into the Ringtone folder.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003493857593 Debbie Hickman

      Karen, thank you, please send me your enhanced cell phone ring
      Debehickman@gmail.com

    • Rick

      Please send me it, thank you.
      rfranzen610@aol.com

    • Acbo

      I’d love to try your ringtone before my husband divorces me for “ignoring” his calls!Acboz@aol.com

    • Robert Buran

      Sounds like a great idea, as the Iphone5 is even worse:bbbboomer@sbcglobal.net
      Thank You

    • Cwyounts

      Karen, will you please send to me? I had it once but accidentally deleted it and Greg’s link no longer works. My email is cristen.younts@gmail.com. Thank you!!!

    • Tom Stanley

      Karen, woul you be so nice to send me a copy to ssrrod@hotmail.com.

      Thank you

    • diane

      Hi Karen, please can you email it to me, diane355@sky.com. thank you kindly

    • Donald guthrie

      Hi Karen, Could you email me the louder ringtone, my wife and have a very hard time hearing any of the ringtones in our iPhone 4S. Our email addresses are dzguthrie@gmail.com And. tpguthrie@gmail.com
      Thank you

    • django

      hi karen… i would also like to use enhaced cell phone ringtone. please mail me on ifas_1213@yahoo.com

    • JimRPh

      I’d love a copy of this ringtone. Thanks! m8r-yduhqv@mailinator.com

    • Robin

      I would love to have the link also. My husband is a heavy equipment operator and can not hear his phone ring. My email is: RockinRRanch 98@aol.com. Many Thanks!!!

    • Bruce Goldfarb

      Karen,
      Would you be gracious enough to forward me your ring tone converted file for easy installation on my iphone4S? I gave that older iphone to my 90 year old mother, but the ringers are not loud enough for her!! Bruce@FCAM.biz
      Thank you in advance for your kindness!!!

    • Kathy

      Need your ringtone please !!!! so tired of missing calls ready to change phones

    • Ed

      Hi do you have that loud ringtone yet? If so can you email it to me please. Thanks

    • Peter Howe

      Hello Karen,
      I would also very much appreciate a copy of your ringtone. Please send to petehowe@optusnet.com.au
      Very much obliged.
      Peter.

    • Nancy

      Can you please send me the link.
      Thank you
      Nancy6104@sbcglobal.net

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  • Shari Gridley

    Karen…Please send me your enhanced cell phone ring.Thanks a lot!
    buckshar@yahoo.com

  • RBguy

    Would love to try this. Karen, If still available please send a copy to amt4you@hotmail.com.

  • Emily Hensley

    Karen, if you could email me also, emmyhensley@hotmail.com..thank you

  • Tom

    Hi Karen ,could you email me the louder ringtone tired of missing calls.

  • Priya Ahmed

    Hi,
    I’m really tired of missing important calls, could you kindly please send me louder ringtone please. Email is priyawaseem@yahoo.com

    Thank you

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