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Other If I'm holding my iPhone with my right hand in total darkness, how can I tell if the silent ringer mode is on or off?

Mildredop

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Oct 14, 2013
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I have never seen a better example of a First World Problem...
It's a first world problem with a very easy first world solution.

Everything about the iPhone is software-based. Except that damn silent switch. And to not have any visual indication on the screen that silent mode is on, I'm forever angling my phone towards the light to see where the switch is (my case makes operating the switch quite fiddly, so toggling several times a day is a bit of a pain).

I work in film production, often on dark sets/night shoots and my phone going off during a take is not an option, but switching off my phone is also not an option. I'm always so paranoid that the switch will toggle in my pocket.

Plus, because it's a physical switch, there's no way of setting any automation. IE: When I leave home, switch to silent, when I arrive home, switch to ring.

My biggest bug-bear of the iPhone.
 
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VermontsFinest

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If I'm holding my phone with my right hand in total darkness, how can I tell if the silent ringer mode is on or off?

"Change with buttons" is also turned off in settings, so I also can't tell by pushing volume up/down.(since the volume buttons only control media volume, not ringer volume)

I've had iPhones for years and this situation never came up until last night. I was with my new girlfriend in a movie theater with 7 other friends. We took advantage of their $110 deal that allowed us to have the entire place to ourselves.(normally seats about 125 people)

Just then, I thought "is my phone on silent or not?" I reached into the seat on my right where my jacket was. Took the phone out gently but I couldn't tell if the silent switch is on or off because the phone was in a case. The movie was playing and there was no light for me to tell which way the switch was pointing. I quickly tapped the screen to look at it.. also tried sliding down the control center.. no indication... I ended up powering it off, just to be safe.

So... how does one tell if the silent switch is on or off in the that situation?

Thanks!
This actually upset me to read. This has to be a joke.
 
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Paco II

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DND doesn't solve the problems. I like the idea that DND allows my partner or Mum/Dad to call me in the night in the case of emergencies.

But in a cinema, just vibrating is fine.

With DND enabled, if my Mum calls, it'll ring.

Then it'll ring with the mute switch as well. DND solves your problem. Solved.
 
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C DM

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DND doesn't solve the problems. I like the idea that DND allows my partner or Mum/Dad to call me in the night in the case of emergencies.

But in a cinema, just vibrating is fine.

With DND enabled, if my Mum calls, it'll ring.
That an depend on how your DND settings are configured.
 
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