Apple kills off annoying Volume indicator, replaces with better solution in iOS 13

Mike Peterson for iDrop News:

Users have been asking for it for years. As of iOS 13, Apple has finally delivered. In the new software update, there’s a redesigned volume HUD.

The previous volume indicator, which has long been an unfortunate hallmark of iOS, was objectively clunky and covered a large display of the middle of the display. It was especially annoying when you’re viewing videos or other content that you’d rather not obstruct with a clunky interface.

Now, it’s been completely redesigned. When you change the volume in iOS, a much smaller volume slider bar (like the one in control center) will appear on the left of the display while in portrait mode or at the top in landscape mode.

MacDailyNews Take: This is, of course, a very welcome improvement for everyone expect those who traffic in iOS Volume HUD memes.


  1. It appears right next to the physical volume buttons on your device, nice and logical.
    I love how it starts off big to get your attention and then shrinks to a subtle indicator.

    1. Riiight, because there’s no content on the left side of your screen.

      This is seriously hard to figure out? Just put it in the control center where the clock or radio strength icons are. They cracked this like 30 years ago.


  2. New indicator is a piece of crap!! Too small to see and harder to adjust to correct volume!!
    Give your buyers the options of which volume indicator they want. The old bar with the little squares was way better.

    1. You can tap the thin volume line with your finger and it becomes a wide bar you can move up and down at will. Try it, you might like it. Also don’t forget the control centre has a volume control too.

      1. Tried it. Does not make indicator bar wider. With old indicator I knew exactly which little square to set volume at night and louder in day.
        And the new way the photo app displays photos is even worse. Too confusing and busy. Hard on the eyes. The constant moving of the videos is distracting.
        Guess I have no choice. Almost considering going to a cheap tracfone or landline.
        Thank you for your help. I’ll try it again.

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