How to Adjust the iPad mini’s Sound and Brightness Settings

The Settings area on the iPad mini is roughly analogous to System Preferences on a Mac or the Control Panel in Windows, with a hearty serving of application preferences thrown in for good measure.

The next two of settings control what the iPad mini looks like and sounds like.

How to adjust the iPad mini’s screen brightness

Who doesn’t want a bright, vibrant screen? Alas, the brightest screens exact a trade-off: Before you drag the brightness slider to the max, remember that brighter screens sap the life from your battery more quickly. The control appears when Wallpapers & Brightness is highlighted.

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That’s why it is recommended you tap the Auto-Brightness control so that it’s on. The control automatically adjusts the screen according to the lighting environment in which you’re using the iPad — while at the same time being considerate of your battery. And the Auto-Brightness control is one reason to adjust the brightness here, as opposed to Control Center: Auto Brightness is not available in Control Center.

How to adjust the iPad mini’s sound settings

Consider the Sounds settings area the iPad’s soundstage. There, you can turn audio alerts on or off for a variety of functions: ringtones, text tones, new e-mail, sent mail, calendar and reminder alerts, Facebook posts, and tweets. You can also decide whether you want to hear lock sounds and keyboard clicks.

You can alter the ringtone you hear for FaceTime calls and the text tones you hear for iMessages, and visit the iTunes store to buy more text tones or ringtones if you’re not satisfied with those that Apple supplies, for 99 cents and $1.29 a pop.

Mac owners can create their own by using GarageBand as can folks who use GarageBand on an iPad. And the app is now free for folks who purchase new iOS 7 devices. To set a custom tone for individuals in the Contacts app, tap the Edit button and then either the Ringtone or Text Tone option.

To raise the decibel level of alerts, drag the volume slider to the right. Drag in the opposite direction to bring down the noise. An alternative way to adjust sound levels is to use the physical Volume buttons on the side of the iPad for this purpose, as long as you’re not already using the iPad’s iPod to listen to music or watch video.

You can enable and disable this feature with the Change with Buttons switch, right below the volume slider.