Android 5.0 makes Silent mode disappear on Android phones

Android 5.0 makes Silent mode disappear on Android phones
Those who have installed Android 5.0 on their Nexus handset, have discovered that the latest build of Android pulls off a magic trick. It makes the silent mode disappear. On a KitKat powered phone, turning down the volume to "0" eventually turns on the vibration mode, and then comes the silent mode. With Android 5.0, turning the volume to zero makes the vibrate mode kick in, but there is nothing lower.

Ironically, while the silent mode has disappeared on handsets using Android 5.0, on the Nexus 9 tablet, it is still functioning, although not in the typical way. On the HTC built slate, you lower the volume to zero which sets off the vibrate mode. Hit the volume up toggle, and all volumes go to zero, although alarms will still work.

Whether all of this is a bug that will be eventually fixed on a future version of Lollipop, or was designed this way, is something that we will eventually know when Google starts disseminating updates. As it turns out, there is a workaround that allows Android handsets to become silent. When you hit the volume up button and get to level 1, reboot the phone. That will allow you to set the silent mode exactly the same way you would with the Nexus 9. Put the volume down to zero to set off the vibrate mode, hit the volume up toggle, and you will have achieved silent mode. Of course, this means rebooting the phone each time you want to use it.

As soon as we learn what Google's intentions were, we will pass it along to you.

source: AndroidPolice



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

In mean time, Priority mode silences all but whom you decide to get through to you. In silent of old mode you did not have that option period.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Like Cortana's quiet hours nice. Odd though that silent is gone

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1 I think this is a bonus more so then a short coming. I don't mind silent being gone now with the additional control of selected users getting through. The part that gets me, is ability to silence alarms you have set yourself, for yourself. That I haven't found the meaning for. I am guessing impromptu movie or meetings, but I am not convinced yet.

11. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I'd imagine it works sort of like an annoying version of active display.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is weird should of had both. Kinda like what WP does. Still trying to get my hands on nexus for a few days to fully play with it.

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

they're taking so much things out. Most of them are really important too, like the notification flashing on the status bar. if this gets carried on to touchwiz or sense, i'd be really pissed.

4. NLiveris

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

That's a terrible change. From what I've been reading, more often than not, 5.0 seems more like change for the sake of change, and not always in a postive way. Stripping things down due to this silly minimalism fad seems illogical to me.

14. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

First use it, then comment. Android 5 is the best update I've ever seen. Much better than iOS8 with its useless and buggy changes.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Still can't stop thinking of iOS typical Droid lover. Also tell me how that buggy Wi-Fi and battery drain and how kit Kat had no problems. The list goes on.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You did the same thing. Look at your posts 2 & 18. This article had nothing to do with Windows, yet you brought it up. But when someone else does it they're obsessed. Odd logic you have there.

17. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol couldn't help but take a shot there huh? chances are you haven't used it either or going to even see it on your present phone.

34. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Using it for two days on my nexus5.

37. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Toggles are two fingers away rather than one. Face unlock is now smart unlock, cant use as a primary security lockscreen. Silent mode still annoys me. White menu hurts the eye in the dark. Status bar toggles are present in the lockscreen. Battery drains more than KK. WiFi signal drops. Persistent IME switcher. Lollipop is an annoying update, its half baked.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

(this is a reply to post #4) NLiveris, actually cleaning up Android, is the reason I'm more interested in it now than ever before (before I wasn't interested btw). The clunkiness of Android is what kept me away - I like the way iOS does things it nips and tucks all the unnecessary stuff (the process behind finding a file and opening it for example) so you dont have to "tinker" thru the plethora of "features", settings, and your own accumulation of files, photos, etc, to accomplish everyday things... And that's the reason why iOS is getting a bit overwhelming slowly thru the years... Dont get me wrong - I'm a nerd at heart, but I want my daily driver to be quick, simple, and get things done now type of device... Android seems to be finally going in the right direction... (some will read that as trolling, some will find it as a praise). For what it's worth - I wouldn't diss simplicity and bare minimum just yet... I believe that's what's selling millions upon millions of iOS devices... and Android world is finally catching up... Yes I said it... To android people catching up is specs, to apple people it's experience...

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Totally agree,seems both operating systems are growing. Android is becoming more user friendly. iOS a bit more open (like opening up for different keyboards and sharing between apps). I do think it's a good thing, not all users want to have a phone that you can change about everything on it. I'm an Android user at heart and continue to be one. Don't mind the technical approach to things. But I do understand the need for one user experience across the system. For instance HomeKit. Sure there are plenty of apps for that, on both systems. But it's great that Apple provides a single point of entry for all apps related to home automation. And although it means it might miss some functionality, it also means the user doesn't have to go digging around in all the separate apps. Ontopic, I do think it's weird that silent mode is gone. I do like the none, priority only and all settings. I do miss the silent option.

35. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

Silent mode isn't gone, its simply not called silent mode any more. pressing the volume button presents you with three option; "None", "Priority" and "All". If you Don't want any alerts simply select "None" (silent mode). If you want to get notifications only from specific apps then you use "Priority". "All" means you get notifications from all apps. The funny thing is the nexus 9 might actually be the one with the glitch as google might not want users to use the old method anymore

5. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Too bad, I hate using vibration mode... I hope that Moto Assist will allow to fully silence the phone (Moto G 1st gen.).

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It has "no interruption" mode instead. It does the same thing as silent.

6. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Come ooon update Vz Moto X 2013!

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Seriously, I'm so anxious to get the new update.

15. surethom

Posts: 1740; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Would love to test this out but NO update has been issued to the UK yet.

19. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013


20. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

My customers still happy for their jellybean phone.

26. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

You see, this is the beauty of android.

27. Anarchistcowboy

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Silent mode is just renamed in the menu all will let all notifications through, priority mode only let's alarms and notifications you set as priority through, and none acts as silent and let's no notifications through although media volume has to be turned down manually.

28. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

is there any chance Note 3 get Lollipop?if not,i'm not gonna buy samsung anymore

30. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It will definitely get Lollipop, but nobody knows when.

31. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Good luck. If it ever comes to your phone.

33. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

My Note 3 is the first and the last samsung smartphone i've ever buy if there is no update to lollipop soon,if i have to wait like 6 month,forget about it,f**k samsung!!!!

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

On my Nexus 7 there's a menu under the volume slider that pops up whenever you hit the volume buttons, and the options are None, Priority, and All. I'm pretty sure None is silent mode. Either it's a bug on some devices or people just aren't looking very well.

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