How to Silence iPhone?


The Do Not Disturb feature is among the best features of Apple’s iOS versions. Though you can get the same result without this option with enough practice and fiddling, the ease with which it can be toggled on, coupled with the available options is a welcome addition. Here are a few options you have to avoid being disturbed by your phone.

Turn on “silent” or “do not disturb” mode on your iPhone to mute the noises, vibrations, and lights from it. Silent mode turns off sounds quickly and switches to vibrations, while do not disturb blocks all interruptions (including light and vibrations) during this period. If you want your iPhone to perform exactly as you want, make sure you adjust and customize the settings for each!

Here are a few options for hushed notifications during the day, including turning off your phone completely. You can decide between being “that guy/girl” and being a polite phone user in public based on these rules. This article will show you how to silence iPhone in various ways.

How to silence iPhone?

Silencing your iPhone can be accomplished in several ways.

1. Using the silent mode

Learn about the silent mode

iPhones’ silent mode turns off the phone’s sound when it receives a call or a notification, causing it instead to vibrate instead. When you are on silent mode, your phone will (mostly) stay silent. 

  • Alarms set through the iPhone Clock app will ignore silent mode and sound at the appointed time regardless of whether the device is in silent mode. Not all apps will ignore silent mode.

Toggle the Silent/Ring switch

Located in the upper left corner of the phone, this switch is called the “Mute” button. The phone will vibrate when the switch is turned down (to silent) and an orange stripe will appear beneath it.

  1. In the “on” position, the sound is turned on by the switch.
  2. You will see a “Ringer Silent” notification on your iPhone screen if you enter silent mode while the display is on.

Vibrations can be stopped by adjusting the Sounds settings

Go to Settings > Sounds in order to stop your phone from vibrating while it is in silent mode. Toggling Vibrate on Silent to white off will turn it off.

  • When you receive a notification or a call, your screen will still light up.

Clicking your keyboard should be muted

In Settings > Sounds, you can turn off keyboard noise. You can turn off keyboard clicks by sliding the toggle next to Keyboard Clicks from green to white.

Lock sounds should be turned off

Whether your phone is in silent mode or not, it makes a sound when it shuts down. Find Lock Sounds at the bottom of the settings menu under Settings > Sounds. If you want to disable all lock sounds, toggle the switch from green on to white off.

2. Turning on Do Not Disturb mode

Learn what “do not disturb” mode means

A “Do not disturb” setting on your iPhone temporarily blocks all noise, vibrations, and light so you can focus on your work. In this mode, you will still be able to receive calls and messages, but your iPhone will not vibrate, ring, or light up.

  1. In “do not disturb” mode, the iPhone Clock app’s alarms continue to sound normal.
  2. In this mode, people put their phones to sleep overnight, so they aren’t woken by unexpected vibrations, rings, or lights from their phones.

By swiping up

Swiping up from the bottom will allow you to do this. You will see the iPhone control panel appear.

Click the crescent moon button

You can enable “do not disturb” mode by clicking this button located in the upper left section of your control panel. Click the white button to enable “do not disturb”. If you want to disable “do not disturb”, tap the button again (back to gray).

  1. Under Settings > Do Not Disturb, you can also use “do not disturb”. Simply toggle the “Manual” next to “Change manual” to green.
  2. A crescent moon appears inside of the sun in another similar control panel icon. Pressing this button activates the NightShift feature.

Set a time each day for entering and exiting this mode

Your iPhone may automatically enter and exit “do not disturb” mode at certain times of day if it is a feature you use daily. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Set the “From” and “To” times by toggle switching between white and green next to “Scheduled”.

  • If you want to avoid distractions while at work, enter your normal working hours (9 AM to 5 PM).

In “Do not disturb” mode, allow certain numbers to interrupt you

You can allow “do not disturb” to be triggered by “favorites,” by default. Changing these settings can be done via the Settings > Do not Disturb > Allow Calls From menu.

  • You can choose “Everyone,” “No One,” “Favorites,” or “All Contacts.”

Permit repeated calls

A call coming from the same person within a three-minute window will bypass the “do not disturb” setting by default. Although this setting is designed to be used in an emergency, it can be disabled.

  1. In the Settings, select Don’t Disturb.
  2. Toggle “Repeated Calls” on or off. You can choose to keep this mode enabled by leaving it green, or you can turn it off by changing it to white.

3. Using Vibrate Mode

When it comes to notifications, I have my phone set to vibrate and flash most of the time. The vibrating alarm no longer works as well for me since I’m used to waking up from the vibration of the alarm. You can, however, use vibrate mode when your phone is in your hands, yet you don’t want the phone ringing all the time. In Settings > Sounds, choose to Vibrate on Ring.

4. Use Airplane Mode

You can switch on airplane mode when Do Not Disturb fails, and you want your phone to shut down, but you want to use some apps. I use this mode when I’m running out of power and want to save some power. If you don’t turn off this setting, you won’t receive any notifications or calls.

How to Silence Siri on iPhone with the Ring Switch?

You might find it embarrassing if you accidentally activate Siri during a meeting or while watching a movie on your iPhone. Even when you have the Ring/Silent switch set to mute on your iPhone, Apple’s virtual assistant speaks aloud by default. Read on for instructions.

  • On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  • Navigate to Settings and tap “Siri & Search”.
  • Tap “Siri Responses” in the “Siri & Search” section.
  • You can set Siri Responses to “When Silent Mode is Off” by finding the “Spoken Responses” option in the Siri menu.

Close the settings. As of now, Siri will no longer speak loudly when you set the Ring/Silent switch on the side of your iPhone to “Silent.” Her responses will be displayed in the form of captions instead.

Although there are exceptions, there are some. When you trigger Siri with the “Hey Siri” command, or if your iPhone is connected to CarPlay, or if your iPhone is Bluetooth enabled, you’ll still hear voice responses. Just flip the Ring/Silent switch once more to “Ring” mode if you wish to hear Siri at all times.

Some frequently asked questions by users

1. Can iPhones have silent ringtones?

Select Edit at the top of the screen. From the ′′Ringtone Sound′′ option, select Edit. Click the silent ringtone under Ringtones. In the upper-right corner, tap Done.

2. Without a switch, how can I silence my iPhone?

The iPhone has no switch button for turning on or off silent mode

  • Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Touch.
  • Select “Back Tap” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose Mute in the System category after tapping on ‘Double Tap’. …
  • Tap firmly twice (or three times) on the back of your iPhone to turn on or off silent mode.

3. On my iPhone, how do I make it ring silently?

A box should appear with three options when you tap the dot on your iPhone if you know where it is. You can play pinging sounds from your iPhone regardless of whether it is on silent or vibrating by clicking the “Play Sound” button.

Final thoughts

Now you know how to silence iPhone with these methods. Please share this guide with your friends and family members if you found this article helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions about how to silence the iPhone in the comment section below.

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