By Dan Gookin

How many times have you heard the admonition “Please silence your cell phones”? The quick way to obey this command with your Android phone is to unlock the phone and keep pressing the bottom part of the Volume key until the phone vibrates. You’re good to go.

  • Some phones feature a Mute action on the Phone Options card: Press and hold the Power/Lock key and then choose Mute or Vibrate.
  • You might also find a Sound quick setting. Tap that icon to mute or vibrate the phone.

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When the phone is silenced or in Vibration mode, an appropriate status icon appears on the status bar. The stock Android status icon is shown.

  • You make the phone noisy again by reversing the directions — unlock the phone and keep pressing the “louder” end of the Volume key to restore the phone’s sound.