iOS 14 came with several exciting customization options, including changing the charging sound in your iPhone. Before iOS 14, doing so was impossible unless you decided to jailbreak your iPhone. Of course, even with the latest software update, it’s not as simple as just opening up Settings and customizing the tone.
To change the charging sound on your iPhone, you need to go into the Shortcuts app and create automation that allows you to set up a custom sound when you put your phone on charge and when you disconnect it.
Read on as we guide you through changing the charging sound step by step.
Before You Start
Before changing your iPhone’s charging sound, you should know a few things.
First, you can change the charging sound to a song, a short clip from the song, or a text that Siri will say whenever you plug in your phone.
Second, the method works if you charge your iPhone wirelessly using MagSafe or with a wire.
Finally, when we say changing the charging sound, we don’t mean completely replacing the charging sound with the one you want. Instead, the new sound you will choose will supplement the charging tone. So you will first hear the default charging sound followed by the new sound you set. But if you’re artistic enough, you can choose or create a tune that complements the default sound.
How To Change the Charging Sound on iPhone
There are two ways to change the charging sound on the iPhone. You can either change it to a song or a Siri-spoken text. Let’s look at both methods in detail.
Method #1: Changing the Charging Sound to a Song or Part of a Song
For this method, you can choose any music clip from iTunes or make one on your own and drop that into Apple Music. You can also use an audio file in your Mac’s Music app or iTunes on your PC, or you can even upload a short clip on your iCloud Drive or Dropbox.
We recommend keeping the clip as short as possible since you don’t want to hear a long, 3-minute song whenever you plug in the iPhone.
Once you have the song or clip you want to use, open up the Shortcuts app and follow these steps.
- Tap the “Automations” tab.
- Tap “Create Personal Automation“.
- Scroll through the list and find the “Charger” option (above “Focus“). Tap on it.
- “Is connected” will be selected by default. You can continue to set a sound for when you plug in your iPhone, or you can choose “Is Disconnected” if you want the sound to play when you remove the charger. You can select both if you wish the same sound to play when you plug in your phone or remove it from charging.
- Once you choose your desired option, tap “Next” on the top-right section.
- Select “Add Action” and click “Media“.
- Scroll down to the “Music” section and choose “Play Music“.
- Next to “Play Music”, you’ll see a greyed-out button with the text: “Music”. Tap it to open up your Music Library.
- Go through your collection and select the clip you want to play.
- Once done, tap “Next” on the top-right section.
- By default, “Ask Before Running” will be toggled on. Turn it off to allow your phone to automatically play your chosen song when you connect or disconnect your phone from the charger.
- A pop-up will show on the screen. Tap “Don’t Ask” to confirm your choice.
- Tap “Done” in the top-right corner, and you’re done.
If you don’t have the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, you can download it from the App Store for free.
Now, all that’s left to do is plug in your phone and test the new automation. If it works, then you’re good to go!
Method #2: Changing the Charging Sound To Get Siri To Say Something
If you can’t find a suitable audio clip for putting your phone on charge, you can program Siri to say something instead. You have to create automation here, so open up the Shortcuts app and follow steps 1-5 mentioned above. Then, follow these steps.
- On top of the screen, you’ll see a search bar. Search for “Speak Text” and tap on it to add it to actions.
- Tap “Text” beside “Speak” and type whatever you want Siri to speak whenever you connect or disconnect the charger. You can think of the funniest, most creative phrases for Siri to take advantage of this automation fully.
- You can even change the speed, language, and pitch that Siri speaks. To do so, click “Show More“. Once you’re done making all the changes, select “Next“.
- Make sure “Ask Before Running” is toggled off and tap “Done“.
- Test the automation to make sure it works.
Apple aims to provide its users with a truly unique and personal experience, and the ability to change your iPhone’s charging sound is an example. So choose your favorite song or phrase and let your iPhone play that the next time you plug or unplug your charger.