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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only iOS devices
Sometimes you want to be alerted when you have new e-mail, but you don't want an audible alert. Here's how you can do it.

If you take a silent audio file, when you install it as a new silent ring tone and set it for the New Mail alert, your phone will vibrate only. Since the iPhone lowers any audio currently playing, you want to make this as short as possible (.1 sec), so the audio dip will be at a minimum.

[kirkmc adds: It so happens that I have a bunch of silent MP3 files on my website, in an article about adding silence to iTunes playlists. I added a .1 second file, as well as a .1 second ringtone to the zip archive.

I set up the ringtone on my iPhone, but I wasn't able to test if it works or not. I happen to be part of the 1%; that is, the 1% of people whose iCloud e-mail has been down for more than 24 hours, and none of my other accounts work with push e-email.]
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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: interlard on Sep 12, '12 08:08:42AM

This is the first I've heard about the iPhone not having an option for silent alerts (other than turning them all off with that switch). That's really sad.



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: tempel on Sep 12, '12 10:15:30AM

What's even worse is that the iPhone doesn't have an "increasing volume" ring option, like it was available with practically any other phone I used to have (Sony Ericsson, Nokia).

I hate it that I can't have the iPhone start a ring with a low volume and then have it increased over the next 15-20 seconds so that it won't blast away at max volume at first, nor be too silent when I'm in a noisy area. I'd have to create my own volume-increasing ringtone for that, but how?

Also, the vibration sucks in comparison to my own "classic" phones - I hardly ever notice it, while I noticed my Nokia and SE often enough.

Lastly, I'd very much like to see an indicator in the iPhone's status bar to remind me if the "silent" switch on the side is engaged, as I never remember to check it, but I keep looking at the status bar.

Meh.



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: hobbster on Sep 12, '12 05:53:54PM

Not sure where I got it, but here's a progressive ringtone if ya want it: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27696/Progressive.m4r



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: david-bo on Sep 13, '12 12:35:46AM

I used Amadeus to create a progressive ring tone. Almost any sound format can be used as source.

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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: tempel on Sep 13, '12 02:54:42AM

Ah, "Fade In". Yes, got it. Thanks!



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: daibo on Sep 12, '12 01:18:14PM

That's because if you go to Settings -> Sounds -> New Mail and press "None" then this isn't an issue. I don't know how this was missed.



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: hobbster on Sep 14, '12 08:56:50AM

Because that oddly disables the vibration as well.



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Have iPhone New Mail alert vibrate only
Authored by: garythemacguy on Sep 13, '12 12:06:30PM

> I have a bunch of silent MP3 files on my website

Now there's a thought. You could use different silent files to allow you to distinguish between, say, family contacts and business contacts!   I think we could be onto something here...   :-)



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