Android vs iOS: A Comparison of Volume Control Features

Russell Kidson
Mar 12, 2023
Updated • Mar 12, 2023

When using your mobile device, volume control is an essential feature that allows you to adjust the audio output to your preferences. Depending on the operating system, the user experience of volume control can vary greatly. 

In this article, we will explore how Android devices allow for easy and independent control of different audio elements, such as ringtones, notifications, music, and videos, and compare them to the volume control features of iOS. By doing so, we will highlight the advantages of Android over iOS, which can help you choose the platform that best suits your needs. 

Overall, this analysis will provide you with a better understanding of the key differences between Android and iOS in terms of audio control, and help you make informed decisions about your mobile device usage.

Android vs iOS: A Comparison of Volume Control Features

iOS’s volume controls are outdated

If you have an iPhone, you’ll know that you can adjust the volume levels using two buttons located on the left-hand side. Within the Sounds & Haptics menu of the Settings app, you can also adjust the volume levels for ringtones and alert sounds to your liking. You can also independently control the ringtone and alert volume via software settings, ensuring they remain at a constant volume.

If you choose to allow physical button adjustments for ringtone and alert sounds, they will solely affect the volume levels for the ringer and alerts. You may need to manually adjust the volume levels for other types of media, such as music or videos, while playing the respective audio. Siri's volume level can only be adjusted when the virtual assistant is active.

If you mute your iPhone while retaining the "change with button" setting for the ringer volume, adjustments made to the physical volume buttons will only affect the ringer volume, which can be confusing. The nuanced approach to volume control on iOS may present a challenge, and it's important for Apple to continue exploring ways to enhance the user experience and simplify these controls.

Is Android’s volume control more effective?

When adjusting the volume on your Android device, you may prefer to have your phone on silent and rely on vibration for notifications. However, sometimes you may forget to adjust the volume, which can be inconvenient. Fortunately, Android has a useful trick that Apple simply doesn’t possess. When you do remember to adjust the volume, you'll be pleased to find a volume adjuster on the screen that provides different options for adjusting the volume of various audio components such as system alerts, Bixby Voice, ringtone, and media. This feature is user-friendly and easy to use, making it a convenient tool for controlling audio on your device.

When using an Android device, you can easily and independently control different audio elements such as ringtones, notifications, music, and videos. Unlike iOS, adjusting volume on Android devices is straightforward and does not require navigating through complicated settings or pressing buttons at specific times. While Android does not have a mute switch like the iPhone, you can quickly put your device on silent using the volume controls.

Android's volume control features are impressive, and allow you to tailor the volume levels to your preferences with ease. You can easily adjust the volume of various audio elements separately, without affecting the others. Moreover, adjusting the volume does not require any technical expertise or guesswork, making it accessible to all users. Overall, Android's volume control features are simple and user-friendly, setting them apart from the more nuanced approach of iOS.

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Apple has a few things to learn from Android

it's clear that Android devices offer a more user-friendly and intuitive approach to volume control than their iOS counterparts. With the ability to independently control the volume levels of different audio elements such as ringtones, notifications, music, and videos, Android users have more flexibility in customizing their audio experience. The straightforward and easy-to-use design of Android's volume controls also sets them apart from the nuanced approach of iOS, which may be more challenging for some users to navigate.

While there are some areas where Android could improve, such as the lack of a mute switch, the overall simplicity and ease of use of Android's volume controls are impressive. In comparison to iOS, adjusting volume on Android devices is a more seamless and hassle-free experience, making it a standout feature for users.


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. makapav said on September 25, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    This should have been an open standard that works across laptops, OSes, and phones. I doubt it will be though and we will just have to wait until the EU drops the hammer in 8-10 years ?

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