Tip: Turning a Windows Phone’s ringer completely off
On Windows Phone it’s really easy to toggle between Ringer and Vibrate—simply press the volume key (up or down) and then tap the bell in the upper right hand corner to switch. But what about getting it to silent mode?
It’s a little tricky but easy once you understand how it works: Simply head to Settings –> Ringtones + Sounds and toggle the Vibrate function off. Now, when you tap the bell in the upper right hand corner, it will switch between Ringer + Silent. Sure, we wish there was an easier way to toggle between all three (ringer, vibrate and silent) but this is Microsoft’s current paradigm so that’s what we have to use.
Should Microsoft offer a third tap to toggle vibrate on or off? Let us know in the poll after the break. And make sure you check out our other tips and tricks.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I really hope they will add this option! Maybe short press = vibrate - long press = silent ...
Really disappointed at all the basic functions Windows Phone 8 is lacking. Really simply things like silent mode via volume control, stopping music, ending apps, changing notification sounds, alwyas on WiFi. So many basics they need to work on.
I agree, it is really hard to recommend these phones because it is embarrassing yo explain to the person why they're suddenly missing rather basic features like these.
So far I've been toggling airplane mode at night to keep my 920's rattling-vibration alerts from startling me at night.
Yes, it definitely needs to be easier to toggle silent.
I personally like it the way it is. Sure, adding it in won't harm me but it doesn't bother me if it isn't. Plus Daniel actively supports the people who post things saying to Microsoft on how to improve WP and often features them on the news. He isn't afraid to take a steaming crap on Microsoft, Nokia, etc, if they do something wrong.
this iphone feature is very clever. Low tech beats high tech on this one. It's worth reproducing this feature if it's not patented.
And while we're on the subject of minor improvements... How about the SIMPLE option to disable toast for texts? Or an automatic disable when when a passcode is set. If I have my phone locked, its because I don't want anyone to see ANYTHING. Yet...toast pops up like "here I am! read me!" That's the only thing I've absolutely hated about WP7 and WP8.
It should toggle vibration I/O!
-normal: ring + vibrate
-vibrate: silent + vibrate
-silent: silent + no vibration
And when I mean silent, I mean silent. Turning sounds off COMPLETELY. Currently on my WP 7.8 when I put it to vibrate, games still make noise. I wish it was a "shut up you dumb phone" button instead.
Although I do not see the need to change how it currently works.
The only important thing to me is that they separate ring volume from media/app volume which currently sucks as it is.
- Separate volume controls for media / ringer etc.
- Ability to turn off haptic feedback.
I'm a Windows Phone enthusiast, but it's little things like this where I can't blame the naysayers for going out and buying their iPhones even after drooling over my 920.