Change ringtone, notification sounds and vibrations on iOS

In this podcast published on September 23, 2020, Alexandre explains how to change the ringtone, sounds and vibrations on iOS when you receive calls or notifications. In addition to changing the default alert sounds and vibrations, you will learn how to assign a custom ringtone and how to change the sound heard when receiving an SMS for a specific contact. Note, however, that we will not discuss in this podcast the possibility to change notification sounds for some third-party apps.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

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Warning, iOS 14 will be launched today, Wednesday September 16, 2020, potential impact in terms of accessibility

iOS 14, a new iteration of the operating system for Apple's mobile devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad) will be launched this afternoon, normally around 1:00 p.m.

Knowing that this is a major version of the operating system, you might, if you use accessibility tools like VoiceOver, run into some issues, although this new version looks promising. When a new version of iOS is released, it is possible that after the first few days you will experience accessibility issues. Apple is expected to make the fixes in the coming weeks following the release of iOS version 14.

So, if you are less familiar with the tech and prefer stability over recklessness, then it might be wise to wait a few days / weeks before updating, just in case.

To make sure that your phone does not automatically update without your knowledge, you will have to change a few settings knowing that Apple recently activated automatic updates on all devices when installing one of the latest versions of iOS 13.

So, take the following steps, preferably before 1:00 p.m. today:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on General
  3. Click on Software Update
  4. If your software is not up to date to iOS 13.7, you can proceed with the update, however, be sure to install iOS 13.7 and not iOS 14. If so, do not proceed with the update. . If you need to update, perform steps 1 through 3 again after completing the installation of the update to iOS 13.7.
  5. Click on customize automatic updates
  6. First, make sure that the Install iOS updates option is turned off. If not, you will need to turn it off.
  7. Finally, you will need to turn off the download iOS updates option.

In a few weeks, when the major accessibility bugs will be fixed, you will be able to update manually by going to your Settings, General and Software Update.

Stay tuned by reading accessibility news in the next few days and we will also keep you informed here.