Block/mute sounds during phone calls?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kcfroines, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. kcfroines macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2007
    Has anyone found out a way to stop the iPhone from playing alert sounds/ alarms during phone calls? I thought this would be a common setting, but I am unable to find it. I am constantly having loud alerts/alarms popping up in the middle of important conversations, and its driving me crazy.

    Maybe I just overlooked a setting?
  2. TallGuy1970 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    I have the exact same problem. I don't think they can be shut off just during phone calls, at least not yet. I am hoping for a software update or some app to enable this. It seems like an issue many people (at least the ones I know) complain about.
  3. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    Agreed - this is the most frustrating thing about my iPhone so far. Just noticed it yesterday when on a business call and 4 message came through - it totally distracted my chain of thought.

    I checked other websites and this seems to be a problem from iOS4. I'm disappointed this hasn't been sorted out. I was deciding between Android and iPhone, and had I known of this bug, it would have been a deal-breaker in favour of Android. Great apps are one thing, but I need to be able to concentrate on my phone calls first!
  4. rosemary1 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    This has always been my biggest complain about the iPhone.
  5. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    Only way to do it, at least it works for me, is putting the phone on silent with the switch on the side. It won't vibrate or sound with a text or a call, but it will light up.
  6. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    Even if it works, one has to remember to switch back afterwards or risk missing calls because the phone remained on silent.

    Apple clearly haven't given thought to this issue, and I can see it putting off many users, especially business users.
  7. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
  8. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
  9. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Good. This is how we get results...not whining about it on MR.
  10. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    I partially agree. Although I'm new to this forum (new to Apple in general) I think the advantages of raising it here are two-fold:

    1. This raises public awareness, and shows Apple that others are encountering problems - not necessarily just those who complain directly (I am sure that there are Apple employees who read this forum); and,
    2. Mass awareness may encourage others to report the problem as well, particularly when those such as yourself encourage them to do so!
  11. SomeonePlzHelp macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    I agree this is extremely annoying. I had a 30 minute job interview over the phone (this was the 4th interview for the job and the last interview) and the entire time, every time I got a text it would make a loud *ding*
    It was very annoying and initially I was worried it would make a bad impression on the manager.
    I really want to see a fix for this in a later update.
  12. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008

    I see your point..I stand behind it.
  13. digital2go macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    I agree with this and send a request to Apple. Hopefully they put this feature into the io6 release this fall.
  14. hakuna-matata, Jul 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012

    hakuna-matata macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2011
    Take your iphone to skinny dip whenever it starts ringing. Believe me you are never going to hear any sound from it again..:p

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