Every iPhone or iPad user knows the sound their device makes when charging begins. It’s simple, letting you know your gadget is connected, and doing its job well. But it’s… boring. However, you can change the regular audio signal and add another level of personalization to your phone or tablet – if you know where to look.
Your journey begins in the Shortcuts app, which you can use to set up a few customizations to make your device truly unique. Among those possibilities is an automation that will make your Apple mobile device say something specific when plugged into power.
Is it very useful? Mostly not. But depending on what phrase you come up with, it can be a lot of fun.
How to change the charging sound of your iPhone or iPad
If you haven’t dived into automation on your Apple device, know that this is a series of actions that happen automatically when you turn it on. If you have smart home gadgets, you can use these unique commands to turn on the lights or play a specific playlist from your smart speaker once your iPhone is connected to WiFi, for example. You can also set up different actions that will only affect your device — like the one we’re talking about today.
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To create automation, open a file Shortcuts app On your iPhone or iPad, look in the upper-left corner of the screen, and tap abbreviationsand then Automation. Then press plus and choose Create a personal automation to associate the process directly with the device you are currently using. (other option, Prepare your hometies automation into the entire smart home ecosystem, which is not what we want to do here.)
Now is the time to choose what you want your phone or tablet to say when plugged into power. Scroll down to Charger and press Connected, so the action will only happen when the power cord is plugged in. success next one and continue by clicking Add work—The next screen will show you a comprehensive list of actions to choose from.
For this particular automation, click All actionsthen scroll down until you find pronounce the text, which will make your device read aloud something you type. Don’t get distracted Make the spoken sound of the text option, which is higher in the same list. It looks similar, but it will create an audio file instead of reading the words out loud.
back on pronounce the text menu, you will see a file text option next to speak—Click on it and type in the phrase you want your gadget to say. We chose “Oh yeah! Give me some juice!” but you can use whatever you want – the sky has no limits.
Then press Arrow To the right of the phrase to further customize the automation – you’ll be able to choose the pitch, speed, and voice you want your iPhone or iPad to use, and even change the language. By default, you’ll hear the voice you chose for Siri when you first set up your device, but there are other alternatives if that doesn’t work for you.
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To check that everything is exactly as you want it to, tap game icon Below is the list and listen to an audio sample of the action. If you are satisfied, return to automation editing and press Finished.
Just remember that if you use a dirty joke as a sentence, your device will say it out loud for everyone to hear even if it’s on silent or in Do Not Disturb mode. So, if you run out of power during a meeting with a client, you may want to disable the automation (open the automation in the Shortcuts app and turn off the switch next to Maybe) or switch to a more correct phrase. Unless you want to start a conversation, in which case, you do.