Imagine this: you are waiting for a crucial call with ring volume on full. You leave your phone aside for two minutes, and when you pick it up, you see you have missed that important call. How did that happen? You were right beside the phone, and it never rang! This was just one scenario that many other users like you might be facing. Even though the phone is not on silent, you miss calls because for some unknown reason that phone goes into the silent mode. It is totally understandable how annoying this can be. Do you face a similar issue often? Let’s fix it.
Restart Your Device
As clichéd as it may sound, restart your device. Rebooting is the magical cure that can work anytime. If your device still goes into vibration or silent mode after restarting, move to the next solutions.
Check Ring Volume
Android devices have four categories under sound settings — media volume, call volume, ring volume, and alarm volume. If you are using the volume buttons to change the volume, make sure you are increasing the ring volume. In case it is zero or minimum, you will not hear the ring. To check if the ring volume is enabled, follow these steps: Step 1: Open device Settings and go to Sound/Sounds and notifications. Step 2: Check the slider for Ring volume. It should be above the minimum level.
Check Do Not Disturb Setting
The do not disturb (DND) mode is one of the best features of Android. Using it, you can mute your notifications without silencing your ringtone, enable priority notifications, turn off visual disturbances, and much more. The mode also supports a setting where it will be enabled automatically for the set conditions. If your device is switching to the silent mode automatically, then the do not disturb mode could be the culprit. You need to check in the settings if any automatic rule is enabled. To do so, follow these steps: Step 1: Open device settings and tap on Sound/Sound and notification. Step 2: Tap on Do Not Disturb. Step 3: This step might be different across devices. You need to look for a setting with the name automatic rules, turn on automatically, schedule, or something similar. Tap on it. Step 4: Make sure that no automatic rule is active. If a rule is active, turn it off.
Enable Safe Mode
This one is not a proper fix. It’s just a way to identify the problem. Basically, you need to boot your device in the safe mode and keep it like that for 10-15 minutes. The safe mode disables all the third-party apps on your device, making it easier to identify the issue. If your device doesn’t turn on the silent mode automatically in the safe mode, an app is responsible for the issue (more on that below). However, if the problem persists in the safe mode, the issue could be the hardware. We suggest you get your phone checked. To turn on the safe mode, follow the steps: Step 1: Turn off your android phone using the power button. Step 2: Once your device is off, press and hold the power button until you see the manufacturer logo. Step 3: As soon as it is available, release the power button and hold the volume down button. Keep holding it until the device boots up. You will be taken to the safe mode identified by the word Safe mode present at the bottom-left corner. Alternatively, you can hold the power button until you see the Power Off and Reboot options. Tap and hold the Power off option for two seconds. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm rebooting in the safe mode. Tap on Ok. To turn off the safe mode, simply restart your device.
Uninstall Recently Installed/Updated Apps
If the device works fine in the safe mode, a third-party app is the culprit. Did you install or update any app recently? First, check the permissions of all the recently installed apps and disable whichever gains access to sound control options. If that is too tedious, the uninstall the newly installed apps one by one and see if the issue is fixed. To uninstall an app or app update, go to Settings followed by Apps/Application manager. Here, tap on the app that you want to uninstall, then tap on the Uninstall button. Alternatively, open Play Store and search for the app. Then hit the Uninstall button. Disclaimer: You might be wondering how a third-party app is responsible for the sound issue. Well, apps have different permissions which can also let them change the volume of the device. So in this case, an app might be unnecessarily accessing the sound control options and could be messing with the volume settings of your device.
Use Third-Party Apps
If none of the above-mentioned solutions fix the problem, try using the third-party apps like App Volume Control and Tasker to set a default volume. That way, you can define specific volume to different apps and prioritize notifications accordingly.
Speech Is Golden
We hope the above fixes solve your problem and you no longer miss important calls. Talking about important calls, if you manually keep your device in the silent mode to avoid getting notifications from apps, use the do not disturb mode and its rules to allow call notification only. Another way to silence the notifications from apps is to separate notification and ringtone volume, which is linked by default. Switching to the Silent mode is a necessity in so many everyday situations but, preferably, the user should be the one who controls this. Many users report that their Android phone automatically goes to silent mode, even when they haven’t scheduled DND. If you are among them, make sure to check the steps we listed below. Table of contents:
- Disable Do Not Disturb mode
- Check Routines
- Check Sound settings
- Boot into Safe mode
- Update the firmware
Why does my Android phone keep going silent?
Firstly, you need to ensure that neither “Do Not Disturb” mode nor the Routines that put the phone on silent in certain scenarios are enabled. Secondly, make sure that you have legitimate sounds set as the notification and ringtone tones. Finally, and most commonly, a certain third-party app with system-adjusting permissions might be causing this. To find out, you should boot into Safe mode. Also, don’t forget to keep your firmware up to date.
1. Disable Do Not Disturb mode
The first thing to do is to ensure that the Do Not Disturb mode is disabled. When enabled, this mode will silence your notifications and incoming calls by default. So, what you should do is disable it and check for improvements. Usually, there’s a tile in the Quick Access menu where you can toggle the mode on or off. If you can’t seem to find the tile, just open Settings > Sound and you should find it under the sliders, among other Sound settings.
2. Check Routines
Google Assistant Routines (Bixby Routines, as well) have a big variety of actions you can trigger at a certain time or at a certain location. For example, my Good Night routine puts the phone on silent. So, if you have a few nifty Routines set up, check whether some of them make your Android phone go to silent mode automatically. Here’s where to check your Routines:
- Open Google Assistant.
- Tap on the Account icon to open Settings.
- Open Routines.
- Check if any of the active routines have the toggle that puts your device in Silent mode.
On top of this, you can check out our article about Google Assistant Routines not working, in case you have any problems with this feature.
3. Check Sound settings
This solution is of no importance if you used system sounds to set your notification sound and the ringtone. However, if you used a third-party app to assign them or used media files in your library, we have a possible culprit for the issue at hand. Namely, if the audio file assigned to the notification sound or ringtone is deleted, some devices won’t switch to the default system sound. Instead of that, they will switch to vibrate or, sometimes, to silent. So, we recommend switching to one of the System sounds instead of going for external alternatives. If you are not sure how to change notification sounds and ringtones, make sure to follow the steps below:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Sounds.
- Locate Default notification sound and Phone ringtone.
- Make sure to set any of the pre-built sounds for both categories.
In addition, your device might have a hardware shortcut (usually includes the Power button + Volume Up) to instantly switch to the Silent mode. Make sure you are not pressing those two simultaneously.
4. Boot into Safe mode
Now we get to the most probable cause of the problem at hand. Namely, if you recently installed an app that is allowed to make certain system changes, there’s a chance that that exact app is causing your phone to go to silent mode automatically. But how to find out if this is indeed causing the issue? Booting into Safe mode. Once you boot into Safe mode, your device won’t load third-party apps. Spend some time and, if the device is not switching to silent mode on its own, restart it. Locate all recent apps that you installed and remove them. You can also revoke some permissions, with a focus on modifying system settings permission. Here’s how to boot into Safe mode on Android:
- Press and hold the Power button until the Power menu appears.
- Tap and hold on to the Power off icon until the pop-up appears. It should inform you about the safe mode and offer options to enter the Safe mode or cancel the action.
- Tap OK to boot into the Safe mode.
- Once the device boots into Safe mode on Android, you’ll see the Safe mode strip at the bottom of your screen.
- If you are not seeing the reoccurring issue with Silent mode, just restart your phone.
- Go to Apps > All apps and uninstall all recently-installed apps.
5. Update the firmware
Finally, the only thing we can suggest (besides factory reset) is to keep your device up to date. If there’s an underlying system bug that provokes the issue at hand, chances are that developers are working on a fix. Here’s how to manually update your Android device:
- Open Settings.
- Choose System.
- Tap System update.
- Check for updates.
- Install any available firmware update.
And that should conclude it. Thank you for reading, check our Twitter and Facebook pages and share alternative solutions or questions in the comments section below. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.
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Enabling automatic silent mode in Android with the help of Bedtime
Furthermore, we will discuss crucial steps that can tell you how to silence your cell phones while charging. So, without further ado, let’s dive into details. Step 1— Install Google Clock App Step 2— Go to Bedtime Mode Step 3— Click on Get Started Step 4— Set an alarm for the time when you wake up Step 5— Set a time when you want to put your phone on silent Step 6— Click on the Bedtime Mode option Step 7— Set to While charging at bedtime Step 8— Enable Do Not Disturb Step 9— Choose your preferred options- Grayscale (Will change the screen black and white during the bedtime mode) and Keep the screen dark (Will not let the screen get on during the bedtime mode)
Using third-party apps to do the job
Some Android phones are not able to offer the Bedtime Mode even now. Thus, a few third-party apps can help you in enjoying these benefits even without their native features. Polite is one of the best apps that you can use to silence your cell phones. Step 1— Install the Polite app on your Android devices Step 2— Set daily schedules for your Android phone to get silent automatically every day Step 3— Use Calendar Rules to set silence schedule on specific times and dates
Step 4— Select days of the week when you want your phone to stay silent at specific times Step 5— Enable or disable Vibration Mode Step 6— Set Start and End times for the phone silence schedule
Step 7— Choose how early you want your phone to get deactivated before the event Step 8— Set when the silent mode should get deactivated after the event has been passed
Conclusion- how to silence Android phone automatically while charging?
Well, there are only two ways for Android phones to put them on silent for now. Moreover, Google, the top Android app development company, is continuously providing Digital well-being in its devices to provide this feature to users. In the future, hopefully, this service will become a primary feature for even more devices. Written By Aparna Growth Strategist Aparna is a growth specialist with handsful knowledge in business development. She values marketing as key a driver for sales, keeping up with the latest in the Mobile App industry. Her getting things done attitude makes her a magnet for the trickiest of tasks. In free times, which are few and far between, you can catch up with her at a game of Fussball. Follow Want To Hire The Best Service Provider? MobileAppDaily will help you explore the best service providers depending on your vision, budget, project requirements and industry. Get in touch and create a list of best-suited companies for your needs. Every night before sleep I usually put my Galaxy S4 into my bed’s headboard to recharge, but every night I also get up because of the beep that the phone does when someone send something to my wazzup messenger. It’s not nice put it into silent mode before sleep and return from it every day, is there any way to do such ting automatically? but 19.7k33 gold badges108 silver badges159 bronze badges asked Jan 20, 2014 at 13:20 2 You can use Tasker for this (Play Store link). Tasker can create macros that are run on certain triggers, such as connecting the phone to a charger. An example of the necessary programming can be found here. Check the link for additional info, but here’s the necessary part:
Create Profile "Sleep Mode" Add Context Power Source: AC //You can also set this to all when you //charge your phone using USB. Add Context Time From: 22:00 To: 07:00 Repeat: Off Add Start Task 1. Silent Mode Mode: On 2. Variable Set Name: %SLEEPMODE To: 1 Add Exit Task 1. Silent Mode Mode: Off 2. Variable Clear Name: %SLEEPMODE
answered Jan 20, 2014 at 13:34 onikonik 16.1k5 gold badges47 silver badges73 bronze badges 5 I used to have the same boring procedure every night. Plug in the power cable to recharge the phone and turn sounds off manually. So I decided to create an app to automate this procedure.
With this app, user can define the time interval within the app is active (eg. 23:00 up to 6:00am) as well as the appropriate actions to be taken when user plugs in or unplugs the device from the power cord. You can mute not only the call ring tones but also the sms/social network/emails notifications. The application does not require many resources as it’s triggered only on power cord plug in/out and on specific times. On Android 5+ muting is in form of «Do not disturb» mode, which means that user can allow some important contacts (eg. favorites) to disturb the silence. (See the phone setting for this mode). It’s called [email protected] and you can give it a try on Play Store (play store link) answered Sep 6, 2016 at 15:32 NickNick 313 bronze badges reopening an old thread as I lost this feature and could not for the life of me remember how it was provided after I did a factory reset. Sony has an app called smart connect for use with their smart phones and other bits and bobs they make, its free and you don’t need to use it for anything else. When you plug your phone in at night it gives you a host of options so you can mute apps and allow calls or just tell everyone to go away until morning. Hope it helps someone https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonyericsson.extras.liveware&hl=en_GB answered Jan 7, 2015 at 20:34 You can use the free/paid version of AutomateIt or MacroDroid for the desired automation.
- Rule for enabling silent mode:
- Trigger: Power Connected Trigger
- Action: Set Sound Mode Action → Silent (No Vibrate)
- Rule Details: No
- Rule for disabling silent mode:
- Trigger: Power Disconnected Trigger
- Action: Set Sound Mode Action → Normal (With/No Vibrate)
- Rule Details: No
You can set time based triggers in coordination with power triggers using Composite actions trigger, you need to unlock it though.
- Macro for enabling silent mode:
- Trigger: Power Connected/Removed → Power Connected
- Action: Set Priority Mode → None | Vibrate Enable/Disable → Silent (Vibrate On)
- Constraint: None | Time constraint
- Name: Quiet!
- Macro for disabling silent mode:
- Trigger: Power Connected/Removed → Power Disconnected
- Action: Set Priority Mode → All | Vibrate Enable/Disable → Normal
- Constraint: None | Time constraint
- Name: Go loud!
answered Sep 16, 2015 at 0:20 Firelord♦Firelord 23.8k19 gold badges116 silver badges265 bronze badges
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