If you’ve upgraded your Galaxy S5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, you might notice that muting your phone actually silence your alarms too. Because of that, you probably start to wonder whether is it possible to mute your phone with the alarm still sounds.
To get the answer, you must first understand how the different modes (Sound, Vibrate, Mute and Interruption/Priority) work on your Galaxy S5 now.
Here are the short descriptions of the 4 different modes:
- When you select the Sound mode, you will get an audible alert for everything such as incoming calls, messages and emails, alarm clock, timer, calendar reminders and camera shutter.
- When you select the Vibrate mode, your phone will vibrate for incoming calls, messages and emails and calendar reminders. But, your alarms and timer will still sound.
- When you turn on Mute, your whole phone will be muted. Therefore, any incoming calls, messages and emails, calendar reminders, timer, alarms and camera shutter will not make any sound
- With Android 5.0 Lollipop, your Galaxy S5 features an additional “Interruption/Priority” mode. In this mode, all notifications are silent by default except the priority notifications. Alarms are always considered as priority notifications. In addition, you can configure other priority notifications in the Interruption settings.
To enable and customize the “Interruption/Priority” mode:
- From your Galaxy S5’s Settings menu, tap Sounds and notifications > Interruptions > On receiving calls and notifications. Tip: You can also toggle the Priority mode on and off from the Quick Settings panel.
- Select Only allow priority interruptions.
- You can set the following types of notifications as priority depending on your device:
- Events and reminders
- Phone calls from anyone, favorite contacts only or all the contacts in your contact list.
- Messages from anyone, favorite contacts only or all the contacts in your contact list.
- After you enable the Interruptions/Priority mode, you can further customize whether to play sound Priority (Sound) or just vibrate Priority (Vibrate) for the priority notifications by using the physical Volume button.
So, in order to mute your phone without silencing the alarm, you can turn on the Priority (Vibrate) mode without selecting any of the given notifications as the exceptions. Give that a try, and share your experience in the comments.