A workaround for getting silent mode on Android OS Lollipop which doesn’t require rebooting your phone!
The newest update of Android OS, Lollipop, has brought with an unforseen and annoying surprise. Certainly for those of use who use our smartphones as alarm clocks! Google has removed the ability to put your phone into silent mode – whether this change is intentional or not remains unknown. But the fact remains that turning the volume down, only puts the phone into vibrate mode – to your great annoyance if you want to NOT hear your phone when apps such as Facebook has a notification for you, but you DO want to be able to hear your alarm clock.
A work-around, which does not involve rebooting your phone, follows below. This method has been tested and works on Samsung Galaxy S5 phones.
Turn down the volume as far as possible – effectively putting your phone into vibrate-mode.
Go into the phones settings and locate Sound and Notifications as shown below.
Scroll down and choose Vibration Intensity.
Turn Notifications vibrations way down. Leave incoming calls turned up if you want the phone to still vibrate on incoming calls.
And voila – your phone is now in silent mode! Your alarm clock will work but you won’t get tossed out of class because your phone vibrates noisily or get disturbed by notifications in the middle of the night 😉