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Why have a mute switch if you can't mute audio???

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pcmms Calculating status...
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May 5, 2012 9:06 PM

Why have a mute switch if you can't mute audio???

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  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
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    May 5, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to pcmms)

    The mute switch is to mute system sounds.  The volume control is to control volume.  They have separate functions. 

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,530 points)
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    May 5, 2012 9:33 PM (in response to pcmms)

    Make sure"Use Side Switch To" is set to Mute

     

    Settings>General>Use Side Switch to>check Mute

     

    http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee374/Diavonex/02d3ced3.jpg

  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
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    May 5, 2012 10:01 PM (in response to pcmms)

    Yes, but it just doesn't work that way.........

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,425 points)
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    May 5, 2012 10:13 PM (in response to pcmms)

    The notification mute switch is so that if, for example, you are watching a film you can turn off email notifications etc whilst watching it. To turn off all sounds just press and hold the down volume switch.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    May 5, 2012 10:15 PM (in response to pcmms)

    pcmms wrote:

     

    Yes thanks but it would've been nice if you just click on the mute switch and all audio goes off altogether.

    All you need to do is tap and hold the down switch for the volume. All sounds will be silenced.

  • feinberj Calculating status...

    I have to agree with the original author of this thread.  The mute switch should be a mute switch, no exceptions.  Otherwise it is simply not useful.  There are too many apps that will make noise, even if the volume is turned down.  For example, more than once I've been reading the NY Times app in a quiet environment, with the volume turned all the way down, when I've accidentally tapped a video button.  The video will then play, blaring at full volume, even though I've turned the volume down. 

     

    It would be really great if Apple could address this in iOS 6, or at least have an option to make that mute switch, well, immutable.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    May 25, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to feinberj)

    feinberj wrote:

     

    I have to agree with the original author of this thread.  The mute switch should be a mute switch, no exceptions.  Otherwise it is simply not useful.

    As I explained in the post you replied to:

     

    All you need to do is tap and hold the down switch for the volume. All sounds will be silenced.

     

    It is unlikely Apple will change the mute switch to the exact same function as something else that already exists.

  • feinberj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After some digging in preferences, I can finally see that full muting is a TWO STEP process, or much longer if your sound settings are not correct.

     

    There are, essentially, two sound sets that must be muted separately.  There's ringer/alert/system volume, and there's "music" volume, which applies to music and video.

     

    If you want to entirely mute your phone, you must mute both things.  So, hit the switch to mute your ringer/alert/system sounds, and after that hold your volume down to turn off sound for music and video.

     

    There's a catch, and it's ugly.  If the "Change with Buttons" setting within the Sounds preference setting is turned on, then the volume button does not change music/video but instead changes ringer/alert/system sounds.  Of course, that was the setting on my phone.  So the mute switch and volume down were changing the same thing, and there was no way (via actual buttons) to change the music/video volume.

     

    Come on, this is silly.  If your "change with buttons" setting is "correct" then you can mute your sound with two steps, but your phone needs to be awake.  Volume down for music/video mute does not work if the phone is locked.  If it's not "correct", then you must go into a music/video app to turn that volume down. 

     

    I want to be able to turn ALL sounds off on the phone, WITHOUT looking at the screen, even if the phone is asleep, in one step.  I could do this on my old Palm Treo, without even needing to take the phone out of my pocket.  Fix the mute button.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,660 points)
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    May 25, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to feinberj)

    I am not going to disagree or argue with you about the mute button issue. I think it's a bit bizarre the way that the whole process works myself. But I will guess that Apple is not going to "fix" the mute button, because it is not "broken" in Apple's eyes. They designed the iPad to work the way that it does using all of the different sound settings.

     

    However, if you would like to suggest to Apple that the way the current system works might not be as friendly in its current design as they think it is ... Then you can do so here.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    May 25, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to feinberj)

    feinberj wrote:

     

    Fix the mute button.

    A) That is outside of my control and B) I like it the way it is.

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