How to Silence Noisy Notifications on Your Android Phone

Android Notifications

We’ve all been there. You’re in an important business meeting or out on a hot date when, like a teenager with tourette’s, your Android phone suddenly moans “droid” or chimes or makes some other embarrassing and unexpected noise. It seems like no matter how many individual applications’ notifications  set to silent, something will pop up and make noise, often at the most inappropriate times.  Fortunately, there’s an easy way to quiet all your notifications with one setting while still getting their notices on screen. 

  1. Navigate to the settings menu. You can get to the settings menu by tapping the gear icon in the notification drawer or by launching it from the apps menu. Settings Icon
  2. Tap Sound to view the sounds menu.
    Sound Menu
  3. Tap Default Notifications to see a list of available notification sounds.
    Tap Default notification
  4. Select Silent as your sound if it is available. If there is no Silent sound, follow these steps to add one.
    Select the Silent Sound 
    1. Download the .10 second silent MP3 from Xamuel. You can download a file in Chrome for Android by long pressing it and selecting Save Link. Alternatively, you could record a a 1 second or shorter blank MP3 on your computer using a program Windows recorder or Audacity.
      Save an MP3 from the browser 
    2. Launch your file manager and navigate to the downloads folder  (usually the /Download folder on your internal storage)
      Navigate to the Android Download Folder Find file in download folder
    3. Copy or move the MP3 to your notification sound folder (usually /Notifications)
      Notifications Folder
    4. Reboot your phone.
    5. Return to the notifications sound menu in settings where your new silent sound will appear as an option.
      Notification Sound Menu
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. A. G. Says:

    Well, sheesh, they have a vibrate setting for a reason.

  2. Nemephosis Says:

    I already have that setting, it’s called “turn your ****ing phone down”.

  3. Dan Webb Says:

    I have default notification set to silent and I still get annoying noises. I need a way to hack into the place where the annoying sound file is stored and substitute a silent file.

  4. Karina Says:

    That was an idea I had a long time ago, and it did not work. Just to be sure that I wasn’t crazy, I just tried it again. Within 5 minutes the bell rang again. What gives???

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