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I upgraded to iOS 5 and I just noticed that I can no longer control the volume level on the phone by pressing the volume buttons while the screen is locked. I recall distinctly that I was able to do this on iOS 4. Has something changed or did I miss something?

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No, nothing has changed. Volume buttons should work as they did with iOS4. ¿Have you jailbroken your iPhone? ¿Have you tried pressing them a bit harder? –  Jorge Jan 6 '12 at 17:28
    
Ah. I had a jailbroken iOS 4. It must've been something I installed then. –  RHPT Jan 7 '12 at 2:04

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★ [Settings > Sounds > Ringer and Alerts > Change with Buttons = ON]

Tapping the home button twice should bring up the audio player/volume slider on the lock screen. While it's visible try the buttons on the side — depending on whether or not you see the volume slider move on the screen should tell you if your buttons are not actually working.


This is straight from the iOS 5 user guide:

When iPhone is locked, nothing happens if you touch the screen. iPhone can still receive calls, text messages, and other updates. You can also:

  • Listen to music
  • Adjust the volume using the buttons on the side of iPhone (or on the iPhone earphones) while you’re on a phone call or listening to music.

Use the center button on iPhone earphones to answer or end a call, or to control audio playback.

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