Get rid of the clunky stock volume HUD in iOS with SmartVolumeControl

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 4, 2016

The stock volume HUD has always been a pain point of iPhone and iPad users for years. As a result, it’s not surprising that so many jailbreak tweak releases have come along in Cydia to bring a better solution for what seems like a major oversight by Apple.

A new jailbreak tweak called SmartVolumeControl is just another one of those releases, and it aims to be a solution that can be customized to your heart’s content and also stays out of the way when you don’t want it to be. Read More

 

SmallVolumeStep lets you set a custom number of volume steps

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 14, 2016

Normal behavior for the volume level in iOS is for it to adjust one step at a time, up or down, depending on the button you press on the side, but a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallVolumeStep can change that Read More

 

How to disable the fake clicking sound for Force Touch trackpads

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 5, 2016

Every Mac equipped with a Force Touch trackpad produces an audible ‘click’ sound in order to simulate the sound you would hear on a Mac without a Force Touch trackpad. It has no down travel and all you’re hearing is an audible sound when you click it.

In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how to disable that fake clicking sound. Read More

 

How to disable the startup tone on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 12, 2016

Whenever you turn on your Mac, you typically hear a startup tone just before your computer boots up. The tone is there to let you know your computer has passed a pre-boot test and its hardware is working properly.

Some people, however, prefer to boot up their computers in silence. If you’re one of those people, we’ll show you in this tutorial how you can disable the start-up tone on your Mac. Read More

 

StatusbarVolume is a another type of Status Bar-based volume HUD

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 1, 2016

Why deal with an ugly and obtrusive volume HUD on your iOS devices when you don’t have to?

If you have a jailbreak, there are tons of jailbreak tweaks you can use to relocate the volume HUD to the Status Bar. But perhaps one of my favorites as of late is one called StatusbarVolume. Read More

 

How to adjust bass response for your iPhone or iPad headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 19, 2016

One of Apple’s premier services that come built into their mobile devices is Apple Music, and music is certainly a huge focus of owning Apple devices. With that being said, people use all kinds of audio accessories with their mobile devices, whether they’re speakers, headphones, or even the built-in speakers.

Everything has its own unique sound quality, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can adjust the bass response on your iPhone or iPad to maximize the amount of bass you hear in your music no matter what kind of audio device you’re using with your handset. Read More

 

VolBright lets you use your volume buttons to adjust display brightness

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 11, 2016

VolBright is a cool new jailbreak tweak that lets you convert the functionality of your volume up and volume down buttons between volume and screen brightness controls on demand.

In this review, we’ll talk about how the tweak works and why it’s a clever implementation. Read More

 

VolumePercentage shows the numeric volume level in your iPhone’s volume HUD

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 12, 2016

On any normal day, your iPhone or iPad’s volume HUD shows an icon in the middle, along with little rectangles at the bottom of the indicator that illustrate how high your volume level is.

But if you want something a little more informative, then a new free jailbreak tweak called VolumePercentage will give you an even better idea of what your volume level is by showing you an actual volume percentage in the volume HUD. Read More

 

VolumePanel lets you set individual volume levels for each app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 5, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to have more fine-grained control over the volume level across your iOS experience, and you’re jailbroken, then you should really check out a new jailbreak tweak called VolumePanel.

With this tweak, you’ll be able to set a custom volume level for each and every app installed on your device. In this review, we’ll show you what makes the tweak tick and talk about how it can be useful. Read More

 

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

 
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