Daily tip: Disable iOS Mail sounds

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One of my most effective productivity tips [1. You could also, as reader Kit Pierce points out, switch it to manual check.] is to disable email alert sounds. Few things are as distracting and demanding as that little beep. Fortunately, it’s easy to switch them off on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Here’s how.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap New Mail. A new screen appears. Select None.

That’s it. Now you can keep your push mail account active without hearing that little “Ping!” every time a new message arrives. While we’re at it, let’s disable Mail notifications, too:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap the appropriate email account, then move the slider to the Off position.

That’s it! No more pestering sounds or messages every time a new email arrives.

This post is part is one of 31 tech tips I published in March, 2013You’ll find the rest here.

Prevent iOS notifications while shooting video

iOS notifications could use an overhaul. For example, I’d love it if the Camera app would deny them all together.

Earlier today I was filming my daughter’s jump rope competition when a message from Everyday popped up, obscuring my view and forcing me to dismiss it, shaking the phone. I don’t know if this could be accomplished with an app setting or iOS, but I hope it gets implemented.