So I have not posted on here in a long time, but I had an iPhone 6Plus for 6 years and it finally started to give way and die. So now I have upgraded to an iPhone12Regular and I love it. So the topic says it all. But basically when I am using voice Over with or without the VOSounds, the notifications sounds for Texts and other alerts are a bit quieter than if Voice Over is completely turned off. I have all sounds volumes at 100%. So Has anyone else on here noticed this? And is there someway to fix this?
By John Follis, 1 January, 2021
iOS and iPadOS
I mostly let voiceover on, so I don't know how notification sounds behave without it. I guess that's an automatic thing for it not to disturb that much the reading of stuff.
I have noticed that as well.
As a matter of fact, I have noticed that little issue as well.
Ever since I upgraded to iOS 14.3 I realized that notification sounds in alerts were quieter. I even was starting to think that there was something wrong with configurations but, after having checked and double checked, I started to think that there must be a problem or an issue with the iOS version.
Where to Report this
So I am wondering where I could go to report this issue? Because I feel like it is a bit of a bug.
Call Apple accessibility
I'd highly suggest giving Apple accessability a call, and reporting this, as many times as is necessary, until the issue is fixed. I've noticed this myself, but didn't think anything of it. do you have audio ducking on or off?
There is a toggle you can add to the VO rotor called audio ducking which, when turned on, will make the voiceover speech a bit louder than other sounds so you can hear it better. Maybe add that to your rodor if you haven't already and make sure it's off?
Audio Ducking is off for sure.
OK. I think I just found the problem
So I went to where you go to set a ringtone and what not. If I play a sound within the ringtones, it plays just fine. But if I play that same tone within the default text message, Voice mail, E-mail, ETC, then that same tone will play quietly no matter the volume of your device. So Apple Accessibility has been getting lots of calls about this issue and no one has been able to get to the bottum of this problem, until now. So I believe it is a bug with iOS 14.3. And now Apple is being made aware of it as we speak.