It’s not too often that Apple limits new software features to the hardware that it’s being released with. However, it does happen occasionally, and with iOS 16 on the iPhone 14, there’s a new accessibility feature.
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However, unlike some of the camera features, you can enable iPhone 14 startup chime on all four iPhone 14 models, including the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus. Unfortunately, if you own an older iPhone, including last year’s iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, then you’ll be disappointed to know that the startup chime is not available.
According to one iPhone user, many “blind and low vision people, inside the company, wished for a concrete way to tell whether their phone restarted.” Needless to say, while it might seem like a minor feature to some, it really could change the entire experience for someone who needs or wants to have the sound played.
How to Enable iPhone 14 Startup Chime
Apple has been making great strides to improve the accessibility features on iPhone models. Along with Live Text, Apple Watch Mirroring, and others, the iPhone 14 introduces the ability to enable chime every time your iPhone turns on or off. This is similar to the Mac, which also features a different sound whenever your Mac is turned on.
As is the case with many of these accessibility features, the iPhone 14’s startup chime is not turned on by default.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone 14.
- Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
- Scroll down until you reach the Hearing section.
- Tap Audio/Visual.
- Tap the toggle next to Power On & Off Sounds to turn this feature on.
Once enabled, the startup chime will sound off as soon as the Apple logo appears when holding down the Side button. The obvious goal of adding this startup chime is to provide some indication to users as to when their iPhone 14 turns on. It’s an interesting decision and one that wasn’t even revealed until after the iPhone 14 was released to the public.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.