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Android 5.1 reinstates Silent Mode, but there's a catch

Google's decision to remove Silent Mode from the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop update left millions of people feeling perplexed and confused. The trusty Silent Mode was replaced with 'No interruption' mode, which flat out switched off all notifications on your phone - from alarms to the LED light. Now, Android 5.1 makes some amends by giving you more control over the Interruptions system, bringing it more in line with the Silent Mode of yore (and most other phones out there).

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We like Lollipop for the most part, but the removal of Silent Mode was a deal-breaker for many people. / © ANDROIDPIT

In Android Lollipop 5.1, on the volume screen (accessed by pressing the volume rocker) you will now be able to tell the 'interruptions' system to work until the time of your next alarm. To do this, tap None or Priority, then select Until your downtime ends or Until next alarm. Note that your alarm has to be set for within the next 12 hours for it to appear as an option.

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You can now set the controversial 'interruptions system' to let through the sound of your alarm. But is it as good as Silent Mode? / © ANDROIDPIT

This goes some way to redeeming Google for its gaffe of removing Silent Mode in Lollipop in the first place, but it still doesn't feel as convenient as just being able to hold the Volume Down button on your phone until it enters Silent Mode.

Is this solution satisfactory for you stock Android owners out there, or should Google roll back to the original Silent Mode? Is there anyone out there who actually likes the Interruptions system? We want to hear from you.

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  • Tania B 11 months ago Link to comment

    Bring back silent mode - why have they made it so complicated! Would NEVER have updated to Lollipop if I'd known about this. Hope they see sense and sort this out with future update!

  • Just Josh Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Terrible solution to a STUPID decision to remove silent mode. I, like everyone else, use silent mode for a reason. I don't need my pocket ringing or aggressively vibrating every time I get an email or other notification. I also don't want to turn those notifications off. I could go on and on about why I'm irritated by this for everyone else's sake I won't. Apple will be seeing money from me for the first time since iPhone 4. BTW, the absence of silent mode being sexist is equally as or more ridiculous than the decision to remove silent mode in the first place.

  • Roxi Jan 31, 2016 Link to comment

    I need silent mode!!!

  • Hate that Google has removed the Silent Mode. Please bring it back.

  • What a pain! Why would you remove something people use? Maybe because someone making decisions sits in a office and doesn't even use a Droid? Ridiculous and very disappointing. Stop making it more complicated, keep simple stupid!!

  • AAAAgh why did I sell my iPhone

  • No Interruptions mode is a pain as it requires a complicated, inconvenient process of presses and clicks to do what could previously be achieved in a couple mindless screen taps or the single press of a button. As they say in French, "Why make things simple if they can be complicated?"

    Comme disait Coluche, "Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué ?"

  • Montana Sep 28, 2015 Link to comment

    Absolutely hate that Google removed the simple Silent Mode that was working fine. They could have added the new priority BS, but given users option and kept the damn silent mode.

  • Even doing this the DND is activated, meaning that I cannot see my notifications. I NEARLY ALWAYS have my phone on silent, glancing at the screen while I work or watch TV to see notifications as opposed to hearing them all day long. The only way I can find to get around this is to change the ringtones for notifications and calls for the 'normal' sound profile to silent so that it no longer makes sound. This is fine until the rare occasions that I do need my phone to ring, when I'd have to change the ringtones back again.

    There was a DND feature before this last update, but using it was optional, my notifications weren't hidden, i didn't need to think about changing my sound profile after alarms, setting alarms daily or anything else.
    Would it have been so hard to have left silent mode and do not disturb as separate settings?
    One of the big draws to android for me was that I could customise my phone in a way that worked for me, rather than being stuck with how some random software author decided I should use my device.

    This change has really annoyed me, so much so that if it's not fixed soon, I won't be getting another android phone.

    • This is actually a little sexist, in that most women's clothes don't have pockets, and even clothes with pockets can be so closely cut, that a phone in a pocket is uncomfortable, so a phone on vibrate isn't an option. So most of the women at my work turn off the sound (and vibration, since the vibration actually makes a sound!) on their phones, set them on their desks, so that when a call or text comes in, they're not jerks by disturbing the rest of their cube farm with a ring or beep, but they can still see a visual notification. And maybe this is just my office which is deathly quiet, but still... It seems like only men tested this out.

  • This is something that just engineers that live with their phones can think of. Before I had a daily alarm, now I have to enable it daily. Will for now swith back to 4.x, then next time buy a non-Android :-(

  • Yeah it's no good. However, this is why I flash custom roms which return this ability to me along with all their new flashy extras, which I don't use.

  • Monica Apr 1, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm sorry I have to say this, but this is an ugly patch. One thing is the amount of notifications you want to receive, another thing is the volume of the phone. I want all my notifications, in volume 0. I don't care about the stupid modes, keep them if you want, but why the hell there is no volume 0 anymore? Does it makes any harm? I always had my mobile on silence and this last months I just feel I took the wrong choice with Google and I strongly recommend people not to purchase a nexus device until they fix this.

  • Dylan S. Mar 16, 2015 Link to comment

    Misspelled your
    Google's decision to remove Silent Mode from the stock Android 5.0 Lollipop update left millions of people feeling perplexed and confused. The trusty Silent Mode was replaced with 'No interruption' mode, which flat out switched off all notifications on your phone - from alarms to the LED light. Now, Android 5.1 makes some amends by giving you more control over the Interruptions system, bringing it more in line with the Silent Mode of YORE (and most other phones out there).

  • Lee Mar 15, 2015 Link to comment

    My S5's little update added back silent mode "do not disturb" and it works flawlessly with no issues 🔇

  • I swear!!! Sometimes I can set it to "until the downtime ends", sometimes it's not even there! Very confusing! 😧😧

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