How to customise your Quick Settings Tile

Hit record even when your phone is locked. Sounds too good to be true? With Aroundsound you can do just that. We’ve put together a short guide on how to customise your Quick Settings Tile so you can record with one swipe and tap.

What is a Quick Settings Tile?

You may already be familiar with quickly checking your phone’s battery level or sending your phone into airplane mode, but not knows that you can customize the menu. Quick Settings Tiles are powerful additions to Android, if your running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later versions. 

There are two Quick Settings Tiles that you can add with Aroundsound:

  • Start (and stopping) a recording
  • Add a Key Moment to the recording
Quick Settings Tile on Android

Why are Quick Settings Tiles powerful?

With Aroundsound’s Quick Settings Tile you can start a new recording with just one tap. You can follow the steps below or fast track the set up and watch this video. Whether you’re listening to the sounds of birds in your neighbourhood or happen to pass by some brilliant buskers –  it’s the fastest way possible to start a recording and stay in the moment even if the device is locked down.

Capture Sounds of Buskers with Aroundsound

How do I add a quick settings tile to Android?

Quick Settings Tiles give you easy access to specific actions like switching your phone on silent, WIFI or airplane more. However it’s not evident how you can customise this part of your phone.

To add Aroundsound’s Quick Settings Tiles follow these simple steps:

  • Fully slide down the Quick Settings bar  
  • Tap the pencil icon (or if you have a Samsung device, the 3 dot icon) to start editing your Quick Tile Settings
  • Scroll down or sideways to find the tile you want to add
  • To add a tile, drag it up to the active tiles

Alternatively and if you’ve got a Samsung device check out this video. Lastly, also check the “Recording with one tap” description directly in the app. Please visit the “More” tap, then under the “Help” section, you’ll find “Recording with one tap” which entails plenty of screenshots.

Music being played on an electrical piano.
Recording music lessons with Aroundsound

Sound recording made easy

Capturing your everyday using sound is an exciting way to engage with the world around you. You might be a music teacher familiar with recording or already enjoying compiling sounds of your everyday such as your summer sounds ; for those who are new to sound recording our app has made it easy on both Android and iOS to hit record with one tab and share these sounds with your friends and family. If you’re still a little unsure then check out our short guide for how to get the most out of our app. Try and record a sound next time you’d want to take a picture.

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The Sound Of Summer

Is it a seagull’s squawk, the gentle sweep of a wave along a sandy beach or your children jumping joyfully into the hotel’s pool? In this post we’ve asked our sound artist and advisor Rick Blything about his ultimate sound of the summer this year.

Summer of Sounds

This year more than any other summer Rick has been in the right location to eagerly await the arrival of the Swifts. For those less familiar with its features, the Swift is a short-legged very fast flying animal that can spent most part of the year in continuous flight. Apart from childhood memories of hot dry summers and the sight and sound of them high above his garden, Rick’s not been in the right place.

Listening to the sounds of your everyday
Listening to the sounds of your everyday
Photo credit Joyce Huis @ Unsplash

Summer Tunes

This year however, in early May Rick was thrilled to hear them arrive from their long journey from Africa to the UK. Rick placed his microphones out of his bedroom window for a few mornings and created this miniature soundscape.

Can your hear how the high pitched screams come and go. First they appear almost hesitant, then suddenly they become louder and more forceful. As they come and go their sounds are interspersed with the everyday city sounds like that of a police siren. A summer of sounds enjoyed in the urban environment can be as beautiful an experience as capturing birds in their natural habitat. It’s one of those moments in which you pause and let the acoustics delight your senses; a way to simply let sounds inspire your everyday life.

Screaming Summer

Since then the screamers have been screeching and wheeling above and over his house throughout the days of summer. Mind you, these feathered creatures are known to form proper ‘screaming parties’. For Rick however, this peculiar calling right above his city centre house has really become his favourite sound of summer. How about your favourite sound of summer? Instead of birds, have the sounds of water along a local or far flung coastline created the perfect summer sound for you? 

Sounds of Swifts in the everyday
Sounds of summer captured in your everyday.
Photo credit Eduard Militaru @ Unsplash

Soundtrack Your summer

Whichever sound it may be, we hope to have encouraged you to get out into the open and record your favourite everyday sound of summer. You’ll have to be quick to catch the Swifts though as most have already left for France or Spain and they tend to reach central Africa by mid August. Not sure how to start recording? We’ve got you covered. Simply download the Aroundsound app for iOS or Android and check out our short guide to get the best out of capturing the sounds of your everyday.

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How sound can inspire your life

Sound can inspire your life

Sound is special, sound is powerful yet not everyone is full of inspiration as to what to notice in everyday life never mind what to record. For this reason, we’ve put together a collection of themed sounds from bird calls to underwater recordings that can inspire you to start noticing the world around in new ways.

The Power of Sound

Have you ever wondered what makes music so powerful? Why we’re touched by the sound of instruments and voices? We don’t just perceive sound through our ears, but through our entire bodies. Now, when you start to focus on sound in everyday life – not just music – but the sounds you encounter on busy streets in New York while in the outdoors listening to bird calls or on the playground with happy children all around you, you notice the sounds will make you laugh or cry, smile or frown.

New York Street Sounds
Photo credit Joshua Earle @Unsplash


At Aroundsound we believe in the power of sound – it’s ability to connect us deeper with the world around us. While our senses coexist, the visual takes the lead in our fast paced times. Memories captured using the audio instead could invite us to sharpen our listening skills and potentially intensify and experience when relieved listening to it. But how?

Imagine yourself travelling in Spain’s countryside and being surrounded by the beautiful sound of birds like sound artist Rick Blything. You could take a picture of the scenery yet when you’d look at the images later you’d miss the sonic experience. How about if you’d had taken a sound recording with your smartphone instead?

Birds in the sky
Capture the sounds of birds
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That sounds good

You’re not a sound artist so how does this relate to you? That’s simple: imagine your everyday from the perspective of sound (unless it’s related to your profession) how is it different? What sounds would you record to tell others about the world around you?

That’s why we have created public collections. Our public collections are themed collections of sounds or sound effects provided by Aroundsound fans and partners that you can listen to and that we think will encourage you to:

  • Listen to the world around you instead of predominantly seeing it
  • Make you curious about how sound affects your life and thus awareness
  • It may make you interact with nature, people, buildings or even history differently

A public collection can simply help you to fall asleep or make you aware that the deep blue sea has intricate sounds you wouldn’t necessarily become introduced to otherwise. 

Deep Sea
Deep Sea Sounds
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Just get started

For those new to sound recording let us reassure you that it’s simple as 1,2,3 – just hit record on the Aroundsound app on Android or iOS (pros will use the widget), give your recording a title (description if you like) and that’s it. More often than not you may want to share the recording with your friend as you would with a picture. Why not let everyone know about the brilliant buskers you’ve just discovered by chance?

There are plenty of ways how to live the present and record special events for later. One of our fans Liz has traveled to India and laid down this mesmerising soundtrack. She was able to capture and relive this moment together with her friends and family. 

Now that you know the moments of sound inspiration and also how to capture these special everyday events, you’re ready to hit record. Still unsure? Then check out our short guide to get the best out of your recordings. Happy listening!

Photo credit Mohammad Metri @ Unsplash