The beauty of a smartphone is that you get many features for similar purposes, each serving a different type of user base. Not everyone likes to keep the bell on all the time. Fortunately, Android devices come with three different modes to put the phone into silent mode.
We’re talking about three options – Silent, Do Not Disturb (DND), and Airplane Mode. While Silent and Do Not Disturb mode can be accessed under Sound settings, Airplane mode is available under Network and Internet settings.
This is not the only way these three differ. There are many differences between them and here we will try to understand them better.
what are they doing
Silent mode is the basic among the three. It simply turns off all notification sounds; Whether it’s incoming calls, messages, or app notifications, you won’t hear any of it.
Do Not Disturb does exactly what its name suggests. Activating this mode will prevent any random calls and notifications from interrupting you. Of course, you can customize it further to allow the bell only for specific contacts, important apps for push notifications etc.
Finally, Airplane mode blocks all network connection to your phone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access other features. You can still check photos, play offline games, listen to music, and do other things that don’t require a cellular connection. Technically, it has nothing to do with audio notifications.
Calls, messages and notifications
Airplane mode turns off all connectivity services on your device such as Wi-Fi, cellular network, GPS, Bluetooth, etc. And your phone can still do everything except make/receive cell calls. You can enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth later after activating Airplane mode. Once the mode is turned off, you will receive all messages and app notifications. If missed call alerts are enabled for your number, you will receive an SMS for missed calls as well.
In both silent and Do Not Disturb mode, your phone stays connected to the network. While you will receive calls, messages, and app notifications, your phone will not play notification sounds if it is in silent mode. You will have to manually scan your phone to see it. This is the case with Do Not Disturb mode, but here you can customize it to allow certain tones.
Lock screen and LED notification light
Every time you get a notification when silent mode is enabled, your device will wake up, and the notification LED will also glow. The same thing happens with Airplane mode as well (if you get a notification somehow).
However, if Do Not Disturb mode is activated, the screen will not turn on and the LED light will not turn on. This pose is ideal at night when one does not want to wake others.
It is crucial to know the vibration setting in each of the three options. What if I use the wrong option in a meeting or lecture?
In silent mode, by default, your device will vibrate when receiving calls, messages, and similar notifications unless you disable the vibrate setting. However, it is a little different for the Do Not Disturb mode because it also stops vibrations. Essentially, Do Not Disturb mode turns your device into completely silent mode. On the other hand, airplane mode has nothing to do with vibrations or sounds.
Do Not Disturb mode offers many customizations such as creating exceptions for calls, messages, reminders, alarms, and the like. You can even select specific contacts to bypass the mode. These contacts will be considered whitelisted.
I use the mode when I don’t want to be bothered by app notifications. If I put my phone on silent, that means I won’t get call notifications either. So with this mode, I am silencing my app notifications without silencing the ringing and beeping.
You cannot customize or create exceptions for Airplane or Silent Mode.
Another thing that you can do exclusively with Only Do Not Disturb is to schedule it. You can schedule both the on and off timings to enable and disable them automatically. You can use this feature to enable the mode at night and it will turn off automatically in the morning.
Again, this is not possible with silent mode or airplane mode. You have to enable and disable it manually.
Choose your options wisely
Since all three features are quite different from each other, their use case is also different. Silent mode is used when you want to silence everything without creating any exception or schedule.
Do Not Disturb is used when exceptions play an important role. For example, if you put your phone in this mode at night, you can allow the alarm to wake up in the morning. Similarly, you can add certain contacts to the whitelist for emergency purposes.
Finally, Airplane mode comes in handy when you need a break from calls and the internet. You can also use this feature when you need to save battery because your device will not be connected to any cellular network.
Now that you know the difference between them, go ahead and use them wisely.