Dear Lifehacker, I’m an avid iPhone user who has always enjoyed tweaking my phone to make it prettier and more user-friendly. Regardless, there is one thing that I cannot get my head around. How can I know when and why my phone decides to make noise? I don’t mean this in respect of the silent toggle. What happened to me the other day might demonstrate my problem…
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I was sitting at work, which is in my case a very sound-sensitive environment where legal representatives are communicating; I was using my phone and had heard of the new Steve Jackson’s Sorcery for iOS from Kotaku, so I decided to download it. Having enabled the ‘Do Not Disturb’ toggle, turned my phone on silent, turned the volume ringer completely down, and covered the iPhone’s speakers with my thumbs, I decided to open the game. Nevertheless, my phone decided to play the game’s intro video which exploded throughout the room.
I know it was a stupid idea to open the game in the first place, but surely I should be able to disable the speakers without having to drop my iPhone in a glass of water. Any hints? Thanks, Jackson Issues
Short answer: don’t play games at work. If you simply can’t resist the temptation though, we suggest keeping your headphones connected even when you’re not using them — while this wont completely mask the sound, it will make it far less noisy and embarrassing when a game decides to circumvent your phone’s volume controls. You could also try giving Airplane Mode a try although this will naturally stop you from receiving calls and notifications.
If any readers have an alternative solution (other than ditching iOS for Android) please let JI know in the comments section below.
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