How to Bring KitKat’s True ‘Silent Mode’ back to Android Lollipop
With the introduction of the new Priority Mode notification system in Android Lollipop, Google has effectively killed off “Silent Mode.” Though you can still put your phone on vibrate, that’s not truly silent. Other way around, if you select “None” as your notification mode, it would remove notification icons in your status bar, so again it’s not a perfect solution either.
Now, if you’ve upgraded to Lollipop and longing for KitKat’s Silent Mode, the great news is that you won’t have to wait for the Android M release in fall; in fact, you can get this quirk fixed right now!
An Xposed module by the name of True Silent Mode for Lollipop works exactly as advertised. Once installed, you just have to turn the volume down until you enter vibration mode, then press the volume down key one more time to enter silent mode. That’s it!
True Silent Mode lets you receive all notifications, while keeping the sound or vibration to off – you just get a non-distracting LED or ambient display notification. Here’s how to download and install the True Silent Mode on your Android Lollipop device.
Note: Before you start proceeding with the below steps, make sure you have rooted your Android device and installed the Xposed framework.
Get True ‘Silent Mode’ back to Android Lollipop
- Launch the Xposed Installer app, enter Download, and search for True Silent Mode.
- Hit the module’s description, which will take you to its Xposed page.
- Once there, tap “Versions” or swipe to the right, then tap Download under the latest version.
- Once the module is downloaded, install it just like any other app.
- After the installation, open the Xposed Installer app, go to the Modules section, and place a check-mark next to True Silent Mode.
- Now, reboot your device.
- Enter vibration mode, then press the volume down button one more time and you should instantly activate Silent Mode.
Enjoy the Silent Mode on Android Lollipop!
If you decide to uninstall the mod for some reason, here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Xposed Installer, go to modules, and remove the check-mark from True Silent Mode.
- Reboot your device.
- Go to your Settings > Apps, then tap True Silent Mode, and hit Uninstall.
This should revert you back to the way things were stock.
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