Can the mute switch silence all sound From iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by jagooch, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. jagooch macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2009
    Denver, co
    Is there a way to configure the mute switch so that it actually mutes the device? Really and quite sincerely mutes it?

    The primary annoyance for me are Facebook videos that ignore the mute button with blatant disregard, garnering undue and unwanted attention from my coworkers near and far in the cubicle farm I call work.

    If there is some way in the technological capabilities humankind to enable the mute button to fulfill its role by muting my device, I would love to know it.

    Yours truly, accidentally video star of his aisle in the cubicle farm and object of ridicule by his coworkers for making so much noise.

    ~Mute Button Victim
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    No, but if you want to make sure the volume is down turn it down in control center.
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    Turn off auto play for Facebook videos from within the app settings. First thing I did when it came out.
  4. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    I left iPhone partly because a few times I accidentally switched on sounds whilst the phone was in my pocket, and in my job, I can't afford my phone to go off at work.

    But the other day my phone thought it heard "ok Google" and, although on silent, blinged away and gave spoken feedback. All on silent, apparently.
  5. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    I think this has been a much debated issue. I fall on your side of the debate. What good is a mute switch when it doesn't mute? I loved that about my Palm Treo.

    When I am in a quiet setting I get in the habit of checking volume as well as "muting" it.
  6. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    A hammer never fails to silence mine... :eek:

    In less destructive news...

    I too must have the peace of mind to rest assured it doesn't ring, or alert while I'm in meetings. Therefore I've simply reframed how I think about sounds, which for me is best when thought of as optional.

    When first setting up a new phone I turn every sound, ring, alert, etc. Off. Then I proceed to setup the various vibration options. Next I judiciously set minimum alerts to only sound on critical notifications. Everything else I can easily check manually at times convenient to me.

    Finally I take advantage of the very well thought out Do Not Disturb Feature. Having set this up to my liking, I find the granular control very useful.

    Going forward I now enjoy silent operation, only evoking an audible alert via a deliberate action on my part.

    I'm completely satisfied with my pre set adjustments and knowing there'll be no unexpected disruptions.
  7. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010

    Wow. That's a lot of work. How much easier would a sound on / sound off switch be?? ;-)
  8. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    It wasn't too much work, three days later I was done.... :eek:
  9. CPx macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    What app are you using? I know in the Facebook Paper app, the autoplay feature respects the mute switch. It will only start the audio if you actually tap the video. But if you don't tap the video, it will autoplay on mute.

    I don't have the actual Facebook app installed, so I don't know how that behaves.
  10. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    I am always scared to start a game or use YouTube in a quiet environment cuz I never trust the mute switch either. it's been like that since the first iPhone generation I owned. quite annoying indeed
  11. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    If you have the "Change with Buttons" option disabled under Settings > Sounds > Ringer and Alerts then you can always just press and hold the volume down button while on the home screen or within an app to make sure that the app sounds are muted. Or you can use the volume control in Control Center for that, as I believe was also suggested in an earlier post.
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Just swipe and bring up Control Centre then turn the volume down to be safe if silence is essential.
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    This is the real issue.

    Auto-play videos are terrible and should be disabled when possible. This really doesn't have anything to do with the mute switch.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Autoplay videos for me don't have audio unless I tap to make them fullscreen. I prefer autoplay videos, as long as audio is muted.
  15. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Interesting. The only thing my mute switch seems to ignore is when I accidentally hit the dictation button when I'm typing. I've disabled autoplay for Facebook, but audio was never the problem IIRC. Just go to Settings>Videos and Photos in the Facebook app, and you should be good.
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Yeah, ringer/notifications have a separate volume setting, in-app sounds can have a separate one as well, and then Siri/dictation/voice control has yet another separate one too.
  17. paul.p macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2012
    Tulsa, OK
    Your awesome..ever since iOS 8 I've been trying to figure out how to disable auto play since it had been removed from the phone settings.
  18. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    Yeah, see here's the substance of this much debated topic. If I flip the switch, I want my phone to be as silent as a tomb. Playing videos, games, Siri, ringer, ANYTHING. I wish they would make that an option in settings, but 8 generations of iOS in, I think the odds are waning.

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