Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Setting True Silent Mode on Android 2.2

As many are switching over from Android 2.1 to 2.2 they are finding the new OS doesn't always work the same.  One of the biggest differences I have seen so far is "True Silent Mode".  We have all been there, at a meeting, the movies, or a fancy restaurant when someones phone goes off.  So we all do our best to make sure to set our phones on silent.  As many of us know, the vibrate function can still make a fair amount of noise, especially when the phone is sitting on a table or desk.  So why is this an issue in 2.2 you ask?  Well it seems unlike Android 2.1, where you just keep pushing the volume down button past vibrate mode to get the True Silent Mode, this function was removed from Android 2.2. Why it was removed we may never know.  But there is a work around to get that peace and quiet we've all been looking for.

Setting True Silent Mode On Android 2.2
To set the phone to true silent mode you must essentially replace the vibrate mode.

Step 1
Go to the Settings Menu

Step 2
Select the Sound settings.

Step 3
Select Vibrate Settings

Step 4
Select Vibrate Never, or only when not in Silent Mode.


  1. Thank u so much for your tips and info.

  2. So ridiculous that is update "adds" a step to go from sound to vibrate to silence. It is like taking a step backwards, rather than making things easier for users.

  3. Isit possible for phone to come out of silent mode automatically at a pre-determined time? In otherwords, can 2.2 kave a true quiet time tkat ia self cancelling? Thanks, Paul

  4. As far as I know there is no setting in Android 2.2 that will allow you to do this. There are however several apps available on the android market designed for this option in mind. A few are listed below. I have not had time to test them, but I hope to in the future.

    Phone Silencer - for night

    Ring Scheduler

  5. Not sure if it directly the same, but, there is an app that times out your silent mode, which is useful for meetings, movies etc.

    Silent mode timer on google play :