How to Play Sound on the iOS Speaker with Headphones Plugged In

More control over audio has been a focus of many iOS jailbreak tweaks. Everything from volume amplifiers to sophisticated equalizers have made their way from Cydia to mobile devices. AudioOut is a relatively simple tweak that restores manual control of an automatic iOS function.

iOS 7 jailbreak speaker control

Every time headphones are plugged into the iPhone or iPad, sound output from the external speaker is shut off automatically. The sound is then routed into the headphones. iOS provides no option to change this default behavior. With AudioOut installed on a jailbroken device, it's possible to listen to sound on the speaker even when headphones are plugged in.

Add an Equalizer to the iOS Control Center

Audio lovers will enjoy the iOS jailbreak tweak EqualizerEverywhere. Not only does this package add an easily-accessible equalizer to the Control Center, but the sliders will adjust audio from any app, including phone calls. Once installed, EqualizerEverywhere provides frequency adjustments as well as buttons for Flatten and Presets access.

iOS 7 jailbreak EqualizerEverywhere

There are several included presets including Earbuds, Pop, Reggae, Techno, Full Bass, and more. Your own presets can be saved to the list, and any unwanted presets can be deleted with a swipe. Choosing which preset to listen to from the Control Center makes it easy to quickly adjust the flavor of the audio to suit a specific genre.

Add Better Volume Controls to iOS with Volume Mixer

While iOS makes it simple to change the volume when a function or app is in use, try to adjust these settings elsewhere and the iPhone comes up empty. Volume Mixer seeks to change all this by adding a comprehensive volume mixer to the Notification Center on jailbroken devices. The mixer is fully customizable, and brings volume adjustments across the board into one convenient location.

iOS 7 jailbreak volume controls

Once installed, the tweak must be configured to appear in the Notification Center under Settings -> Notification Center. Drag Volume Mixer from the DO NOT INCLUDE section to INCLUDE and the sliders will appear in Notification Center under the All section. Each audio component can be controlled independently with sliders that indicate the percentage of total volume currently selected.

How to Sync iOS Voice Memos to a Computer

The stock Voice Memos app on the iPhone provides a convenient way to record audio on the go. While voice memos can be managed and played back directly on an iOS device, the files can be more useful when transferred to a computer. Not only does this save space on the iOS device, but audio files can be edited and used for different purposes after syncing.

sync voice memo iOS

The process of transferring voice memos to a computer only takes a few minutes on a Mac or PC with iTunes installed. To begin the process make sure the iPhone is connected to a computer via USB cable. Open iTunes and click on the name of the iOS device that contains the voice memos. This appears in the left iTunes menu under DEVICES.

What format are voice memo files on the iPhone?

The Voice Memos app on iOS devices is a convenient way to record audio on the go. Recordings are stored directly on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and can be synced with iTunes.

Voice memos are saved using the MPEG-4 file format, with an extension .m4a. These files can be played by a variety of applications including iTunes, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player.

iOS 7 also records a .waveform file that is associated with each audio recording. This provides a visual graph of the sound in the Voice Memo app.



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