Missing the days of Silent Mode on your Android 5.0 powered device? This app is worth your money

Missing the days of Silent Mode on your Android 5.0 powered device? This app is worth your money
Who loves Android 5.0 Lollipop? We do, and we bet you do too. The update to the world’s most popular mobile operating system is arguably the most significant one to date. While the world waits for the update to creep around the world (and yes, it is a creep), those of us with Nexus devices, a Google Play Edition device, or some of the Motorola smartphones are already enjoying the Material Design goodness that is Lollipop. Indeed, there is a lot to like about Android 5.0.  That is not to say that all is wonderful in candyland, however. One of the common gripes that has echoed across the interwebs was the removal of “Silent Mode” from the update to Android.

Developer: Great Bytes SoftwareDownload: Android (v1.0)
Category: PersonalizationPrice: $1.49 after free trial

Bear in mind that when we refer to “Silent Mode” we mean the ability for the phone to still receive and display updates and notifications, but with no sound and no vibration. In Android 5.0, the sound profiles were replaced by a couple new modes, “Priority” and “None.”  Hammering the volume down gets you to vibrate mode only, which may not be desirable in a meeting or a library. To get things the way they used to be in the old silent mode, you have to select priority, and fine tune the settings within that mode to get it the way you want.

Well some developers in Germany have a fix for all those shenanigans. SoundHUD brings back more discrete controls to your volume and sound settings on your Android 5.0 powered device, and best of all, no root is required.

SoundHUD lets you pick from a variety of styles, and is highly customizable. It also delivers on providing a true “Silent Mode.” So, if your Lollipop powered smartphone is pure bliss except for that little detail, SoundHUD may be your savior. It comes with a two-week free trial. If you like it, it is only $1.49, and we suspect for many of you, that will be money well spent.

via: AndroidGuys



1. Theourgia

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Don't spend your money on this, Lollipop offers a silent mode. It's labeled as "NONE" in the sound drop down settings when you pull it down with two fingers. It will say "Indefinitely" or you can choose for how long you want it on silent.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Some people are complaining that you dont get LED notifications on Priority or None But you can install Light Flow or Light Flow Lite if you want that back Also you havent to separately set media volume to 0 as well, there's an app that sets media volume to 0 when you put your phone to Priority or None (cant remember the name right now)

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Priority allows led stuff for the stuff you allow to still alert you from my experience with my sgs5, so while old way was simpler this works, should give us the power button hotbar back though. Why they changed it though, I have no clue, seems an odd thing to change.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea its a strange change I also I think need to add an option to link Media volume to Priority/None, since some dumb devs use Media volume for their notifications

3. Theourgia

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I haven't read much on the complaints, is it for a specific brand of device or just a random amount from all? A friend of mine has a device with Lollipop and has used the none option and still gets the LED. Hm!!

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AFAIK some Samsung phones still have the old silent mode Or he might have Light Flow or Light Flow Lite installed

5. smitpatel

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

samsung did good job in lollipop customization, in my s4 i have silent mode like old version. :)

8. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

There is a silent mode in Android 5.0 !!!!! Don't pay for anything, which is already included in the operating system

10. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

5.1 is supposed to be bringing back the old way for silent

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