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How to set different notification volumes for when your Android phone is asleep, and when it's awake

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How to set different notification volumes for when your Android phone is asleep, and when it's awake
We've all been there - cranking up the notification and ringtone volumes of our Android phones, so that we can hear them jingle when in our pockets or purses, then jumping on the chair when we get a notification while browsing, for instance. It's rather annoying, and most phones don't have separate settings for the system notifications volume when the phone is locked, and when the screen is on.

Fret not, however, as there is now a very simple way to set different sleep/awake notification volumes, in the form of a tiny APK file that you need to sideload on your Android handset, courtesy of the XDA-Devs member Sanryd. The developer called its app simply Awake/Sleep Volume Adjuster, and it does just what it says on the tin, without unnecessary distractions. 

How to set different notification volumes for when your Android phone is asleep, and when it's awake
Here's what you need to do to obtain the separate volume settings:

1. Download the Awake/Sleep Volume Adjuster APK file

2. If you've gotten it on your mobile device, tap install from the status bar, or go to the Downloads folder, and install it from there. Remember to turn on the "Apps from unknown sources" setting in the Developer options of your General settings tab. If you have downloaded on your computer, transfer the file to your phone, and using a file browser on it, locate the app, and install it.

3. Start the app, and use the default Awake/Sleep volume settings of 1 and 7, or move the sliders to your own custom volume levels. If you move the Awake slider to 0, the phone will simply vibrate when you get a notification message.

4. Hit the "Enable Volume Adjuster" option at the top. That's it, now you have two separate notification volume settings for when your Android is with a locked screen in your pocket, and when you are actually using the handset, and don't want to get startled by loud notification noises.

source: Sanryd (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 02 May 2014, 06:42 2

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 177; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


The beauty of android. :-P

posted on 03 May 2014, 14:04

6. TheGenius (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Cannot agree more.!

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:55 1

2. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I use Volume Widget by Leep Studios to adjust my volume levels.

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:25

3. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont even know what that app is....but still gets a thumbs up.

I use Volume Toggle by Emsis Siko.

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:27

4. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


They way I have it setup.....in call and alarm volume is always high...with the others set in specific groups: Loud, Normal, Silence, etc...and I can adjust individual volumes in each one.

But I always leave in call and alarm high.

posted on 02 May 2014, 19:38 1

5. qxavierus (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Nothing new. I use Smart Ring Control Android app, to lower the volume when my phone is unlocked. After all, if it's unlocked, then I'm looking at it, and won't miss any calls/notifications, right? Besides, the app allows me to have different ring volume when vertical in my pocket, and when sitting on my desk.

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