How do I turn off screen lock sound?

What is the Screen Lock Sound?

The screen lock sound is the brief sound effect or chime that plays when your phone’s screen locks or unlocks. By default, many Android phones will play a default lock and unlock sound when the screen turns on or off.

You may hear the lock sound when the screen automatically times out and locks. You’ll hear the unlock chime when you press the power or home button to turn the screen back on. These sounds provide audio feedback to indicate the screen state has changed.

The default sounds are part of the system software on Android phones. Many users keep the default sounds, but you may wish to turn them off or customize them.

Why Would You Want to Turn it Off?

There are a few reasons why you may want to disable the screen lock sound on your device:

First, it can be annoying or distracting, especially in quiet environments. According to redditor chatter_noise on a Galaxy Watch thread, “I find it so freaking annoying too, and I couldn’t find any way to disable it!” ( The repetitive click or tone when locking your screen can grate on some users.

You may also want a more discreet phone experience. The screen lock sound announces that you are using your device. Turning off the sound allows for subtlety in public settings.

Finally, it comes down to customization and personal preference. As with ringtones, notification sounds and other audio effects, the ability to control or disable the lock screen sound allows you to customize your device’s audio to suit your needs.

Turning Off Screen Lock Sounds on Android

Here are the steps to turn off screen lock sounds on Android devices:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.

  2. Go to the Sounds or Sound & Vibration menu in Settings. This may be under a section like “Sound & notification”.

  3. Look for the option to toggle off “Screen locking sounds” or “Touch sounds”. Uncheck this option.

  4. On some Android devices like Samsung, this may be under “System sounds” then “Touch sounds”. Turn off “Screen lock/unlock sounds” here.

  5. You can also search for “Lock screen sounds” in the Settings app to quickly find the right option.

Once you toggle this option off, your Android device will no longer play sounds when locking or unlocking the screen. The setting is changed right away.

If you want to customize the lock/unlock sound instead of disabling it, some Android devices like Samsung Galaxy allow changing the default sound.

Turning Off Screen Lock Sounds on iPhone

To turn off the screen lock sound on an iPhone, first open the Settings app. Then go to the Sounds & Haptics menu. Here you will find a toggle switch for the “Lock Sound” option that controls whether your iPhone makes a sound when the screen locks or unlocks.

Simply tap on the switch next to “Lock Sound” to toggle it to the off position. This will disable the lock sound so your iPhone no longer makes any noise when locking the screen. The switch will appear gray and read “Off” when disabled.

While in the Sounds & Haptics menu, you can also toggle off keyboard clicks and other system sounds using the various toggle switches.

According to How to Disable the Lock Sound on an iPhone or iPad, this option has been available since iOS 7 to control the audible lock sound.

Turning Off Screen Lock Sounds on Windows Phone

To turn off the screen lock sound on Windows Phone devices, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap on “Ringtones + Sounds”.

3. Uncheck the box next to “Lock screen” to disable the lock screen sound.

This will prevent your Windows Phone from playing a sound when the screen locks or unlocks. If you want to customize the lock screen sound instead of disabling it, you can tap on “Lock screen” and select a different sound from the menu.

For more information, see this Microsoft support article: Why is Windows 10 playing sound when I lock my screen?

Turning Off Screen Lock Sounds on Other Devices

For devices other than Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone, the steps to turn off the screen lock sound will generally follow a similar process of adjusting the sound or notification settings:

On most smartphones and tablets, look for a “Sounds” or “Notifications” section in your main Settings app. There may be an option to toggle off “Screen locking sounds” or “Lock sounds.” If you don’t see this, you may need to dig into the advanced sound settings.

For example, on many Samsung Galaxy devices running Android, go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > System sounds and vibrations. Toggle off “Lock screen” to disable the sound.

On a Kindle Fire tablet, open Settings > Display & Sounds > Audio. Turn off “Lock sounds.”

For other Android devices, go to Settings > Sound & notification > Other sounds. Turn off “Screen locking sounds.”

The key is to explore your sound and notification settings to find where the option is hidden. Every device handles these system sounds a little differently, so be prepared to poke around the advanced sound options.

Customizing Your Lock Screen Sound

You can pick a custom sound instead of the default lock and unlock sounds on your device. This is a great way to customize your user experience and make your device feel more personal. The steps to set a custom lock or unlock sound depend on your device’s operating system.

On Android devices, you can use an app like Zedge to download custom sound packs and ringtones to set as your lock and unlock sounds [1]. Open Settings, go to Sound & vibration > Advanced sound settings > Lock screen sounds. Here you can select your custom lock and unlock sounds.

For iPhones, you can convert a sound file to an M4R ringtone format and import it into iTunes. Then sync your iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Lock Sound and select your custom sound. There are also apps like GarageBand that let you create ringtones directly on your iPhone.

Setting unique custom sounds for locking versus unlocking your device can help quickly identify what’s happening without having to look at your screen. With a few easy steps, you can customize your lock screen sounds and make your device feel more your own.

Troubleshooting Problems

If you still hear the lock screen sound after turning it off in your device settings, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

First, double check that the setting to disable lock screen sounds is properly turned off. Go back to the sound or lock screen settings on your device and confirm the option is disabled. There may have been a glitch that caused it to revert back on.

If that doesn’t work, try restarting your phone. A simple reboot will clear out any glitches and ensure the settings are properly applied.

For Android devices, you can also try updating to the latest OS version, as sometimes software updates add new options or fix settings issues. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update to check for any available updates.

As a last resort, contact your device manufacturer for technical support. There may be an underlying issue preventing lock screen sounds from being disabled that requires investigation.

You can visit the support page for Google Pixel, Samsung, or your specific device brand to find troubleshooting tips and contact options for your model.

Other Ways to Customize Lock Screen

Beyond just changing the lock screen sound, there are many other options for customizing your lock screen across devices.

One popular customization is changing the wallpaper shown on the lock screen. On iPhone, you can customize the wallpaper through Settings > Wallpaper > Choose New Wallpaper. On Android, go to Settings > Display > Wallpaper. You can choose from preset options or use your own photo.

You can also add widgets to the lock screen, like a clock or notifications widget, without unlocking the phone. On iPhone with iOS 16, tap “Customize” at the bottom of the lock screen and then tap the plus icon to add widgets (Macworld). On many Android phones, hold down on the lock screen and select “Widgets” to add them.

For security, most smartphones now offer options like face unlock using biometric authentication. You can set this up in Settings > Face ID & Passcode on iPhone or Settings > Biometrics and Security on Android.

Some devices allow you to add contact info or a custom message to the lock screen in case your phone gets lost. On iPhone, go to Settings > Emergency SOS to add medical info and emergency contacts.

There are also apps on the App Store and Google Play Store that offer fun custom fonts, themes, and layouts for the lock screen. Explore different options to make your lock screen reflect your personal style.


Turning off the screen lock sound can improve your user experience by eliminating an unnecessary noise when unlocking your device. We covered the steps for turning off the sound on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and other devices. While the default settings will enable a sound, you have the ability to customize your lock screen preferences.

If you followed the troubleshooting tips but are still unable to toggle off the lock screen sound, you may need to restart your device or check for any software updates. Don’t hesitate to contact customer support for your device if you continue having issues.

Beyond muting the sound, you can further customize your lock screen, like changing the wallpaper image or adding useful widgets. Personalizing your lock screen allows you to curate an experience that best fits your needs and preferences.

With a few simple settings adjustments, you can disable the lock screen sound across devices. Take control of your user experience by tweaking the settings to align with your personal preferences.

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