How to Add Android 5.0 Lollipop Silent Mode

Learn how to fix the missing Android 5.0 Lollipop silent mode problem without rooting you phone or spending any money. We’ll show you a free app that lets you take back silent mode on Android 5.0 so that you can turnoff your ringer and vibrations, and still get notifications on screen.

In less than a minute you can add silent mode back to any Android device running Android 5.0 Lollipop without rooting, unlocking or even installing an app from outside the app store.

The free SoundHUD app lets users customize the volume control on Lollipop with access to a single slider and also to three levels of volume control so you can change the ringer, alarms and notifications independently without diving into settings. It’s a brilliant and beautiful fix for the missing Android Lollipop silent mode.

How to use Android 5.0 Lollipop silent mode without root.
How to use Android 5.0 Lollipop silent mode without root.

SoundHUD from Great Bytes Software is based on Noyze, which offered a similar service, but is no longer on the Google Play Store. Here’s what you need to do to use silent mode on Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Silent Mode Guide

Download SoundHUD from Google Play to your Android 5.0 Lollipop device. The app is free to try for 14-days, so you can make sure that it works. After the trial you will need to pay $1.49 to unlock all of the features.

After you install SoundHUD you need to turn it on in the accessibility settings. From there you can go to the app on your home screen to change settings. For a real silent mode in Lollipop you need to turn off all Priority Interruptions. To do this go to Settings – > Sound & Notification -> Interruptions -> All to Off.

Turn off Priority Interruptions for silent mode on Android 5.0.
Turn off Priority Interruptions for silent mode on Android 5.0.

You can go back into the SoundHUD app to change the appearance of the SoundHUD volume controls and set shortcuts for long pressing volume up and volume down. Oddly, you cannot use a long press to silence the ringer.

This app fixes silent mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop.This app fixes silent mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
This app fixes silent mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

In the settings you can choose to show three volume sliders at once, or to expand when you tap on the arrow. This way you can easily control alarms, notifications and ringer volume. You can customize the color of the volume sliders to match your theme and other customizations.

Customize the volume controls and the colors with SoundHUD.
Customize the volume controls and the colors with SoundHUD.

That is all you need to do to get a Lollipop silent mode on your device. We are already seeing Samsung roll out a fix for some Galaxy S5 Lollipop devices to add a silent mode back in and there is a chance we will see Android 5.1 deliver a fix for this missing Android 5.0 silent mode bug.

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More Choice with Android

More Choice with Android

Apple offers more choice than we've seen from them before with the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE as well as older models -- but you still only have three screen sizes and two designs to pick from. 

Android delivers more options with waterproof phones, different screen sizes, more colors, different materials and other differentiating factors. 

With Android smartphones users can choose a waterproof option like the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge or go with a modular design like the LG G5. 2017 brings newer designs and options.

There is also support for a huge screen with a built-in stylus with the Note 6. In addition to these big names, there are many other options from Motorola, Huawei and if you include last year's releases a number of other interesting options. 

There are also options to buy an Android phone with wireless charging or a replaceable battery, neither of which is available without adding a case to the iPhone.

Users can pick the phone size and design they want, and they can also pick a phone that offers a replaceable battery, a great camera or another feature without limiting to just two phones for the latest features and user experience.

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