Silence iPhone Ringer by Hitting Volume Buttons

Feb 6, 2011 - 8 Comments

If you’re getting an incoming call and you want to quickly silence the iPhone, just hit either of the volume buttons to instantly silence the ringer. This will immediately mute the iPhone and stop the ringer from sounding any alert or vibration, but it does not send the call to voicemail so the caller won’t have any idea that you aren’t listening to the phone ring.

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Because it’s so easy to tap one of the side volume buttons and they are easy to tell apart from touch alone, this is a great strategy to mute calls while a phone is in your pocket. I use this all the time for one-off occurrences like while you’re waiting in line at a public place, in the middle of a conversation, or if you’re in a meeting, or any other places where letting the phone ring aloud is considered distracting or rude.

Remember that this only effects the ring for that particular incoming phone call, and if the caller dials you immediately again it’ll sound again until you hit the volume button, and obviously all other calls will still sound the ringer as well. If you’re getting tons of calls and want to silence the ringer for them all, just hit the mute switch on the side of the iPhone, which shushes them all until it’s turned off again.

Speaking of Mute, if the iPhone is on muted mode, the ringer obviously won’t sound… but the phone will vibrate instead. In the cases where mute is active, hitting one of the volume buttons will cause the vibration to stop, completely silencing the phone.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Diego says:

    Why do you, somethimes, post things that are so obvious.
    and even if they weren’t, aren’t we suppoused to know how to mute a call by now?
    this is the fourth year since we first saw an iPhone, let alone a phone (which does in most cases silence the call by pressing the volume keys)

    • Pixxi says:

      Diego, has it ever occurred to you that some of us out here have only just jumped on the iPhone bandwagon for the first time?

      I’m not a newbie to tech… in fact I’ve been a techie in the computer industry for many years and have written many detailed technical manuals (reference as well as user guides) and know PCs and Macs inside out, but I didn’t know that bit about the quick mute on my (brand new) iPhone volume keys!

      Yes, there are often things here that I personally have known about for years, and in fact I could probably even add a few little things that haven’t already been covered. But, what you need to remember – whether writing a manual or a blog – is that not everyone has gone through life experiencing things at exactly the same time and rate as you, so any manual, or site such as this, needs to cover things for EVERYONE who might read it.

    • Will says:

      Diego, we have a very diverse readership and try to cover tips and information relevant to users of all knowledge levels, be it expert or novice. We appreciate the feedback, and you are always welcome to submit ideas or topics to

  2. Juan says:

    Ok, then lets say a +, if you double tap the power button the call goes to the VoiceMail. Did you know that Diego?

  3. johannes says:

    I normally mute my incoming phonecalls by pressing the top button once.
    Didnt actually know that it’s also possible with the volume keys.

    @Juan, you better read the linked posting. ;)


  4. Juan says:

    Yes I know, thats why is a + ;-)

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