iPhone sound when plugged in

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Matt Simpson, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Matt Simpson

    Matt Simpson Guest

    I'm confused by the behavior of my iPhone when plugged into my
    computer via Lighting-USB cord. (It's an iPhone 6 running IOS 8.1.2
    if that's relevant).

    When plugged in, the phone will not play some sounds (email and text
    alerts, for example). I assume this is because it thinks it's plugged
    into a dock, or some external audio device.

    But other audio (such as iTunes) does play through the iPhone speaker
    even when it's plugged in.

    How does it decide what sounds to play through the speaker, and what
    sounds apparently go out through the Lightning port to nowhere?

    Is there any way I can control this behavior so alerts will play
    through the iPhone speaker even when it's plugged into my Mac?

    If I can't change that behavior, is there anything I can do on the Mac
    to make the alerts play through the Mac speakers? (I suppose that
    question might be more appropriate for a Mac group, but I figured it
    wouldn't hurt to tack it on to this post).
    Matt Simpson, Dec 25, 2014
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