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Limit volume on iPhone, iPod or iPadAfraid your kids are blowing out their eardrums with their iPod, iPhone, or iPad? CNET's Donald Bell shows how to lock down a maximum volume setting.
For as long as there have been iPods, there have been people who listen to them way too loud. I'm Donald Bell, and in today's How To, I'm gonna show you how to set a volume limit on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. And for parents, how to lock that setting so your kid will just have to deal with it. Now, before we start and head off and do a hate mail frenzy I'm probably gonna get from teenagers all over the world, let's take a minute to acknowledge why people listen to these things too loud. Most of the time, the problem is that music is being pushed through cheap headphones that came included. Your kid probably loves bass, and these cheap earbuds are terrible at reproducing low frequencies unless you crank up the volume to full blast. So, to lessen this thing of locking down your volume or your kid's volume, make it up with the headphone upgrade. CNET has a list of 22 great options for under $50. And for some of you, it will be like hearing your music for the first time. All right. I've said my piece. Here is how to lower you maximum volume. Using an iPhone or iPad-- or an iPad Touch, plug in your headphone and get some music going, and raise the volume up to the maximum level you're comfortable with. Next, make a note of the volume level, which you'll see down here across the bottom. For me, it's a little over halfway on this iPhone. Now, go back to the Home screen, then tap Settings. And then, scroll down and select Music. Next, tap the Volume Limit, and pull down the volume slider to the maximum volume level you decided on. Then, tap the back arrow until you're back to the Main Menu. Now, when you turn the volume level all the way up, it shouldn't sound like it's gonna blast off your ears anymore. But if you're worried that your kid is gonna go back in and undo the changes, here's how to lock down that maximum volume setting with a password. Head back into Settings, but this time, tap General. And then, select Restrictions. Next, hit Enable Restrictions at the top of the page and enter a four-digit password, and then re-enter it one more time just to confirm. Now, if you want to inflict some real pain, you can use the same menu to disable access to all sorts of features and apps. But all I'm interested in here is at the bottom, where it says Volume Limit. Tap that, change it to Don't allow changes, and then back out all the way to the Main Menu. Now, be sure to remember that password that you created because you'll need it again if you ever want to undo those changes or if you ever want to add extra restrictions because your kid's a real jerk. For more tips like this, head over to howto.cnet.com. And seriously, don't forget to upgrade those headphones. I'm Donald Bell. Thanks for watching.