SwitchHUD makes it easy to toggle between iPhone volume modes

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 20, 2016

The two most commonly-used volume modes in iOS are the ringer volume and media volume. The ringer volume controls the volume of text tones, ring tones, and notification sounds, while the media volume controls the volume of your music and videos.

The only problem is, iOS likes to default to the ringer volume all the time, unless you have media playing. If you do, that’s the only time the volume buttons will actually change the media volume level.

If you don’t like that solution, then hold on to your seats, because we’re going to be showing you a new free jailbreak tweak called SwitchHUD, which takes volume switching to the next level by letting you manually toggle between the two at any time with an Activator action. Read More


‘Volume Mixer 2’ lets you configure all volume settings in one interface

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 16, 2016

Your iOS device has multiple volume settings, and each one controls something different.

For example, you have your media volume, which affects your song and video sound output, and you have your ringer volume, which affects your ringtones, text tones, and notification sounds. But there are also other volume settings that you can set where applicable.

Volume Mixer 2 is a jailbreak tweak that provides you with an interface where you can conveniently adjust all of those volume levels at one time, and in this review, we’ll talk about how it works. Read More


How to lock down maximum headphone volume on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016

If you don’t want to blow out your eardrums by playing music at the full volume of your iPhone’s EarPods, wireless headset, in-ear buds or other accessory, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to limit the maximum headphone volume in Settings to safe levels that won’t damage your hearing.

That still won’t be enough to prevent your kids, oneself or anyone in possession of your device from using the same setting to crank the maximum volume back up to unsafe levels. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually lock down your maximum audio level?

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to leverage restricted volume control access in iOS to lock the current audio limit level in place using a password of your choosing. Read More


iPhone stuck in headphone mode? Here’s a fix

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2016

Have you ever unplugged your headphones or speakers from the 3.5mm jack on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad just to find that your iPhone was stuck in headphone mode? The most common symptom is that sound won’t come from your iPhone speakers anymore, and in some cases, you may even see the Headphones HUD stuck on your Home screen. It can be frustrating, but it’s usually pretty easy to fix.

In this piece, we’ll discuss why it happens, as well as some troubleshooting steps on how to get out of a stuck case of headphone mode in iOS. Read More


What to do if your iPhone sound isn’t working or sounds muffled

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 9, 2016

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch all have a built-in speaker system that allows you to hear sounds when you play videos, music, or take phone calls. Although some devices have more speakers than others, that’s not to say that you will never have a problem with any of them.

Speakers may malfunction, or user error may lead to problems with the device’s settings that make sound inaudible. In this tutorial, we’ll give you some troubleshooting tips to follow if you can’t hear the sound coming out of your iOS device. Read More


How to adjust your Mac brightness or volume in smaller increments

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 5, 2016

Have you ever wanted to try and adjust your Mac‘s volume only to find that one volume setting was too high and the next step down was too low? In these situations, it’d be nice to get the volume level somewhere in the middle of those two presets.

Although it never seemed possible before, there is a little-known way to adjust your Mac’s volume and brightness levels in even smaller fine-tuned increments, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how it’s done! Read More


Apple patent would use Apple Watch to intelligently adjust iPhone alert volume on the fly

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2016

Apple has been researching software solutions that would tap into a user’s Apple Watch to intelligently adjust an iPhone’s alert volume on the fly, by monitoring and comparing ambient sound samples.

Filed for with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) back in 2014 and published on Thursday, the patent application titled “Volume control for mobile device using a wireless device” outlines volume control adjustments by having a Watch’s built-in microphone sample an alert generated on an iPhone to “detect a distinct contribution corresponding to the audible alert.” Read More


How to program a universal infrared remote to control your Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

Your universal infrared remote which used to control your old Apple TV should work just fine with the fourth-generation Apple TV right out of the box. In some cases, however, your legacy remote might need configuring in order to learn the signals that the Siri Remote generates.

In this post, we’re going to show you how you can program a universal infrared remote that came with your TV, cable box or DVD/Blu-ray player in order to navigate the entirety of tvOS, or use it with a prior Apple TV model. Read More


How to control your TV or receiver volume using the Apple TV remote

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

In addition to using your Siri Remote to navigate the tvOS user interface and play games on the fourth-generation Apple TV, you can program it to control power and adjust volume levels of your television set or home theater receiver.

That’s because your Apple TV and the Siri Remote that came with it are compatible with HDMI-CEC and outfitted with a built-in infrared receiver and blaster.

This means owners of the new Apple TV can adjust the volume of their TVs and home theater receivers via the HDMI cable or line of sight, using just their Siri Remote.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to program your Siri Remote and configure it to work with your home entertainment equipment. Read More


How to silence all Siri audio feedback when your iPhone’s mute switch is turned to silent

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

Starting with iOS 9, you can now shut Siri up as easily as turning the mute switch to silent. Prior to iOS 9, Siri would not respond to the state of the ringer switch.

Indeed, how many times did you wish you could chat with Siri in the middle of the night but didn’t out of fear her loud voice might wake up your significant other?

As it turns out, a quick trip to the Settings app on iOS 9 and a couple of taps is all it takes to tell Siri to honor the state of your ringer switch. Read More


VolumeNotifier makes your device beep as you increase or decrease the volume

By Alihassan Mahdi on Nov 5, 2014

Normally, when you increase or decrease the volume on your iPhone, a large volume HUD appears on the center of the screen that displays the volume level as you adjust it. VolumeNotifier is a brand new jailbreak tweak that goes a little step further and notifies you when you change the volume on your device.

The tweak adds a sound effect when you’re changing the volume such that when you increase or decrease the volume, a beep sound is made, just like how it works on Mac. Read More


VolumeStatus 2 adds a volume indicator to the Status Bar

By Alihassan Mahdi on Sep 18, 2014

One of the ways of finding out the current volume level of your device is to press the volume buttons on the side of your device. VolumeStatus 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly determine the current volume level of your device directly from the Status Bar.

The tweak adds a volume indicator to the Status Bar that allows you to take a quick peek at the volume level without pressing the volume buttons. The tweak doesn’t display the exact volume level, but it gives you an idea of how much the volume is. The icon is followed by curved lines indicating the device’s volume level. Read More


Apple patents auto iPhone volume based on proximity

By Ed Sutherland on May 28, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great if the iPhone could detect when you are holding the handset to your ear or sitting on a desk, automatically adjusting the volume? Apple thought so, as well. Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the iPhone maker a patent on a way to adjust the speaker volume based on proximity.

The patent, filed just a year after the iPhone was unveiled, uses the smartphone’s many sensors to detect the device’s proximity from a user. Just as a proximity sensor is used to detect when the phone is at your ear (thus turning off the touch screen), sensors could also adjust speaker volume… Read More


How to easily adjust brightness on iPhone and iPod touch with BrightVol

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 10, 2012

BrightVol is a new jailbreak tweak, which allows you to adjust the brightness settings of an iPhone or iPod touch using the device’s hardware volume buttons.

While similar tweaks have been created in the past, none of them, to my knowledge, allows you to dynamically switch between brightness settings and traditional volume settings as easy. BrightVol allows you to do just that, and that’s what really separates it from the rest of the pack. Take a look inside for our full video walkthrough… Read More


RingerX VIP: Control Ringer and Vibrate Behavior for Calls and Messages

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when you miss an important call because you forgot to turn your iPhone’s mute switch off? Or what about that one annoying person that always calls at 3 in the morning? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could forever silence their calls?

With RingerX VIP, all of these scenarios feature easy solutions.

This is a jailbreak tweak for those who require fine grained control over how various contacts are treated whenever they call you or message you… Read More


How to Scroll Web Pages Using Only Your Accelerometer

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 24, 2011

Sometimes you just don’t feel like exercising your index finger or thumb to scroll on your favorite webpages. Sometimes your fingers need a break.

A situation like this calls for a jailbreak tweak like PhyScroll, a tweak that allows you to scroll on any page using nothing more than your iDevice’s accelerometer. You’ve got to see it on video to get a good idea how it works, so check out our hands-on experience inside…

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iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S: Speaker Volume [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2011

After our initial use, we had a sneaking suspicion that Apple pumped up the volume on the iPhone 4S, so we figured that it would only be right to perform a test.

I happily headed over to iDB labs (my office) and put together a test that was as accurate as I could possibly pull off.

The results? Well, they speak for themselves. The iPhone 4S’s speaker is much louder than the iPhone 4’s, and this video proves that without a doubt… Read More


Why the Case-Mate iPhone 5 Mockups Are Probably Fake

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2011

If you ask me, the iPhone 4’s design is the epitome of phone designs. It’s why we’re going on a year and a half since it was released, and there still isn’t a device that truly rivals its beauty or function.

I wasn’t really worried about Apple straying too far from this design, because in general, they tend to stick with what works for a decent length of time, e.g. the iMac, Mac Pro, etc. All of those products have basically remained the same over the past few years, sans a few minor tweaks here and there.

But then, Case-MateGate happened; purported iPhone 5 mockups along with them, and stuff just got real… Read More


‘MyVolume’ Allows You to Fine Tune Your iPhone’s Volume Controls

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 20, 2011

If you’re serious about customizing your iPhone’s sound, there’s likely no better candidate to meet your needs than MyVolume.

This is a jailbreak tweak for serious customizers only; casuals need not apply.

That’s because MyVolume allows you to modify nearly every function of your iPhone’s volume controls, almost to a fanatic level…

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Jailbreak App Adds Extra Control Volume to Your App Switcher

By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2010

This is a boring day for the jailbreak community. After checking out the somewhat useless EZDecline this morning, we’re now having a quick look at App Switcher Volume, a new jailbreak application that adds a volume slider to the “now playing” bar of your app switcher.

That’s all it does and really, for $0.99, I sure hope it does it well…

Does that look interesting enough to download?

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