How to Turn Off Outgoing Message Sound on Your iPhone

The iPhone’s Messages app isn’t perfect, but it’s mostly inoffensive. There is one thing, however, that drives me up the wall: the “woosh” sound on sent text messages. Sure, it’s utterly unreasonable to be so annoyed by something so small, but I am not the only one! If you, too, hate the outgoing message sound on your iPhone, you can disable it without jailbreaking or hacking your device in any way. The multi-step process required to turn off the outgoing message sound on your iPhone is detailed below. It’s a little convoluted, but if you follow along, you can finally gain freedom from the annoyingly whimsical wooshing of Messages.

1. Turn Off All Sounds in Messages

Because the iPhone does not distinguish between outgoing sounds and incoming message sounds, we have to first disable all sounds associated with Messages.

1. Open “Sounds & Haptics” in the Settings app.


2. Tap “Text Tone” to open the interface for changing the messaging sounds.


3. Choose “None” from the top of the list. This will not disable vibrations, but it will disable the sound for all contacts.


2. Re-enable Incoming Message Alerts

Of course, simply silencing Messages completely isn’t much help. If that were the only solution, it wouldn’t be much better than silencing your phone completely.

To re-enable incoming message alerts, you’ll need to set personal text tones for each contact in your phone book. The only way to do this is manually, and there are no bulk tools that actually make it easier. The best way to prioritize contacts is to go through your list of recent text messages. Fortunately, as long as vibration is on, you will get at least a tactile alert, and maybe a small audible alert depending on the surface your phone is sitting on at the moment.

To set custom text tones for your most important contacts, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the “Phone” app.


2. Tap the “Contacts” tab at the bottom.


3. Tap the contact you want to edit.

4. In the contact’s detail page, tap “Edit” in the upper-right corner.


5. Tap “Text Tone.”

6. Select the tone you want to hear when an incoming message arrives and tap “Done” to confirm.


This will only play on incoming messages from this particular contact. It won’t affect other contacts, and it won’t affect your outgoing message sound effect.

7. Tap “Done” again to save your changes.


3. Setting Custom Vibrations

If you get a text message from a contact with no custom text tone associated with them, your iPhone will only vibrate to alert you of the new message. The default vibrations aren’t very noticeable or powerful. Fortunately, you can set custom ones.

1. Open “Settings.”

2. Tap “Sounds & Haptics” to open the tones menu.

3. Tap “Text Tone,” which should say “Vibrate” next to it.

4. At the top of the screen, tap “Vibration.”


5. Scroll to the bottom and tap “Create New Vibration.”


6. Using your finger, tap out the vibration pattern on the screen. Holding your finger on the screen will create a continuous vibration, while tapping it will create a short vibration.


7. When finished, tap “Stop.”

8. Tap “Save” and name your completed vibration pattern. It will be automatically set as the text alert vibration pattern when you’re done.


Apple makes a lot of design decisions for the user. Most of these decisions can’t be changed. Either you like the way Apple thinks and you therefor like their products, or you don’t. In this case, we have the rare opportunity to override an Apple design choice. While it’s needlessly complex, it does accomplish our goal of disabling the outgoing message sounds on your iPhone.

Alexander Fox Alexander Fox

Alexander Fox is a tech and science writer based in Philadelphia, PA with one cat, three Macs and more USB cables than he could ever use.


  1. So there’s no actual way to disable the annoying Outgoing woop sound only and leave on for all incoming messages.

  2. Will:
    Helpful info, but no way am I going through the whole process of restoring alert tones for each contact. I just turned off alerts for texting altogether and am willing to live with silent texting. Like I’m willing to live without a headphone jack. And all the other features of various devices that Apple has seen fit to take away from us over the years. Arrogance exceeded only by practical cluelessness. I’m on my first Apple phone after spending years enjoying the use of a now obsolete Samsung Windows phone. I miss the Win phone every day, and some of the iPhone decisions Apple made because they’re smarter than us and know better drive me nuts. But I need a phone that works with the carrier network upgrades and I do like being able to walk into an Apple store and having a device issue resolved. Much better than going to the cell carrier who could care less about my device or my problems. To me, using an iPhone is like serving a court ordered technology sentence.

  3. The problem with this solution is that you don’t get any sound from unknown senders. While this doesn’t happen often, still, some people or institutions decide to surpress their numbers.
    I really don’t know how you can call this non-possibility to change/turn off the outgoing sound a design choice, all it is is a lack of choice! A programmer at apple could probably fix this in a couple of hours or even less. So it is either arrogant or thoughtless.

  4. I just got my first iPhone & am finding many simple customization items like this that I can’t change which is unbelievably annoying. I find it even more annoying that it still swooshes loudly when my Do not Disturb us on. You would think it would also be silenced. Considering taking the phone back & going back to Android. I like what I like & it’s so annoying not to have a choice.

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