I'm looking for a way to prevent notifications from lowering the volume of music when they come in, as I feel this really distracts from the listening experience.

I would rather not have to turn on Do Not Disturb, but I couldn't find any other setting for this in the Settings app. Is there a way to disable this volume drop without jailbreaking my iPhone?

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Put your phone into silent mode.

Ringer Switch

When your phone is set to ‘silent,’ notifications will no longer disrupt your listening experience, and will still come in as banners and vibrate your phone.

If you also want to stop vibrations, open SettingsSounds & Haptics and disable Vibrate on Silent.

Note that on older phones (iPhone 6 and older, including SE) have a preference area labelled Sounds instead of Sound and Haptics.

sounds preference pane

  • This is great, because it will also silence AMBER and Emergency alerts, which bypass Do Not Disturb.
    – user11633
    Jul 19, 2017 at 5:05
  • That sounds perfect! The only thing that I'll mention is that some iPhones (such as the SE) won't have a "Sound & Haptics" section in Settings but will instead have a "Sound" section. Aug 25, 2017 at 20:00

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