Setting Custom 'New Mail' and 'Sent Mail' iPad Sounds

Change the defaults on your Apple tablet

Personalize your iPad by changing the sounds it makes when you get a new email, text message, or notification. Apple includes a number of fun options to change alert sounds. The iPad even lets you set different alerts for sending and receiving emails.

Here's how to customize the alert sounds on your iPad.

These instructions apply to iPadOS 14, iPadOS 13, and iOS 12 through iOS 7.

How to Set Custom 'New Mail' and 'Sent Mail' iPad Sounds

You make all your changes in a single menu in the iPad's Settings app. Here's where to go:

  1. Open your iPad's Settings.

    The Settings app on the iPad home screen
  2. Choose Sounds in the left panel.

    Sounds chosen in iPad Settings
  3. Adjust the volume of alert sounds by moving the slider at the top of this screen. You can also choose whether or not the volume of alerts matches the overall volume of your iPad by turning on Change With Buttons.

    Settings for alert sounds on iPad
  4. Below the volume slider is a list of alerts. Choose New Mail or Sent Mail from the list.

    Sound settings for New Mail and Sent Mail on iPad
  5. A new menu appears with a list of custom sounds. The Alert Tones are unique sounds designed for various alerts, such as getting a new email or text message.

    If you choose Classic, you open a new list of sounds that came with the original iPad. Below the Alert Tones are the Ringtones you can choose.

    List of alert sounds for New Mail on iPad
  6. Once you've selected a new sound, it plays when you receive a new email or send an email, depending on your changes.

How to Set Custom Alerts for Contacts

Along with the global settings for text messages on the iPad, you can also give people in your contacts unique alerts so you can tell who's texting you without looking. Here's what to do:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your iPad.

    The Contacts app icon on the iPad home screen
  2. Tap the name of one of your contacts in the left panel and tap their name to pull up their information.

    Change alert sounds on iPad
  3. Tap Edit.

    Contacts sheet for a person with Edit highlighted
  4. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone to choose a new alert sound.

    If the tones say "Default," they're set to use whichever global setting you have on your iPad.

    Contact sheet showing Ringtone and Text Tone
  5. Tap the alert sound you want to use (you'll hear samples of each one), and then tap Done.

    List of alert tones for Contacts on iPad
  6. Tap Done on the contact info page to save your changes.

    Contacts screen on iPad with Done highlighted
  7. When this contact calls or texts you (depending on which alert you changed), you'll hear the custom sound instead of the default one.

Add More Custom Sounds to the iPad

There are many custom sounds you can add to your iPad to personalize it. If you use Siri to set reminders and schedule events, you can customize the Reminder and Calendar Alerts. And if you use FaceTime regularly, you may want to set a custom Ringtone.

Here are a few other custom sounds you can set on the iPad:

  • Facebook Post: You'll hear this sound when you use Siri to update your Facebook status or when you share something on Facebook using the Share button.
  • Tweet: This option is similar to the Facebook Post sound, only with Twitter.
  • AirDrop: The AirDrop feature is great for sharing pictures with people in the same room as you. It uses a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to send photos (or apps or websites) to another nearby iPad or iPhone. You must have AirDrop turned on to use this feature.
  • Lock Sounds: This setting turns off the sound the iPad makes when you lock it or put it to sleep.
  • Keyboard Clicks: If you don't like the clicking sound the iPad makes when you tap a key on the on-screen keyboard, turn Keyboard Clicks off, and your keyboard will go into silent mode.
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