Windows Phone 8.1
Tip: Master the New Custom Volume Settings
Windows Phone 8.1
supports separate, custom volume settings for the ringer and notifications and
for apps and media.
Look at Windows Phone
8 first to understand changes. In that and previous versions of the OS, there
is only a single global volume control. You can access this control, in the
form of an overlay, by pressing either of the Volume hardware buttons on the
handset. (All Windows Phone handsets have Volume Up/Down buttons.)
This overlay notes
the global volume level (in this case 5 out of a maximum of 30) and has an
interactive button you can use to toggle between ring + vibrate or
just vibrate. The volume control itself is not interactive: You can only adjust
the volume with the hardware buttons.
Phone versions also support a separate volume control for use in phone calls.
This control, curiously, goes from 0 (silent) to a maximum of 10.
In Windows Phone 8.1,
everything is a bit different.
First, the global
volume overlay has changed. The initial view is simplified, and displays the Ringer + Notifications volume
(which goes from 0 to 10) by default. Unless you're in an app, in which case it
displays the volume foir Media + Apps.
When you do, you see the new
and separate—and interactive—controls for the ringer and notifications (top)
and media and apps (bottom), plus a toggle for vibrate.
The volume control overlay
works everywhere in Windows Phone, including from the lock screen, as before.
And aside from providing separate volume controls for the different sound
types, this overlay is also interactive, so you can control those separate
volumes using the provided sliders. If you do continue pressing the hardware
Volume buttons, however, they still work too of course: But they only impact
the volume of media and apps.
Put another way, to
control the volume of the ringer and notification sounds, you need to use the
slider control in the volume overlay.
The new volume
overlay is also available from the mini playback controls that appear when you
press a Volume button while music is playing.
But what about phone
The phone call volume
still goes from 0 to 10, as you might expect, and yes, the default overlay you
see if you press a Volume button during call utilizes the new overlay.
If you expand that overlay,
what you see now is a single volume slider, just for the phone call volume. So
you can use this control or the hardware buttons to control in-call volume now.
And there are two separate
volume overlays for headphones (and any other wired speakers) and
Bluetooth-connected devices like speakers. These are all separate, so if you
like to crank the volume on your speakers but keep your handset speaker
relatively quiet, each can have its own setting.
Tip: To instantly
silence the ringing when you receive a phone call, just press either
Volume hardware buttons on your Windows Phone handset.
Tip: Windows Phone
8.1 also provides audio levelling functionality.To enable this feature,
navigate to Settings, Audio and then the Enhancements page. This interface also
lets you enable a "flip to silence" feature, which is another way to
quickly silence a ringing phone.