Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Set Custom iPad Sounds Change the defaults on your Apple tablet By Daniel Nations Writer Daniel Nations has been a tech journalist since 1994. His work has appeared in Computer Currents, The Examiner, The Spruce, and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Daniel Nations Updated January 17, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email You can change the sound your iPad makes when you get a new email, text message, or notification. Apple has included a number of fun options to change alert sounds. The iPad will even let you set different alerts for sending and receiving emails. Here's how to customize the alert sounds on your iPad. These instructions apply to devices running iOS 7 and later. How to Set Custom 'New Mail' and 'Sent Mail' iPad Sounds You'll make all of your changes in a single menu in the iPad's Settings app. Here's where to go: Go into your iPad's Settings. Scroll down the left-side menu and choose "Sounds". You can 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". Below the volume slider is a list of alerts. Choose "New Mail" or "Sent Mail" from the list. A new menu appears with a list of custom sounds. The Alert Tones are unique sounds designed for various alerts like getting a new email or text message. If you choose Classic, you will get a new list of sounds that came with the original iPad. And below the Alert Tones are all of the Ringtones, which gives you several choices. Once you've selected a new sound, it will play when you receive a new email. 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 even looking. Here's what to do: Open the Contacts app on your iPad. Navigate to one of your contacts on the left-side menu and tap their name to pull up their info. Tap Edit. You can choose different alerts for when people text or call you. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone to choose a new sound. If the tones say "Default," that means they're set to use whichever global setting you have on your iPad. Tap the alert sound you want to use (you'll hear samples of each one), and then tap Done. Tap Done on the contact info page to save your changes. 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 As you can see, there are many other 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 find yourself using 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, etc.) 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.