There's some times I want my Windows Phone to be completely silent - disable all ringtones, alert sounds, and app sounds/music. It's easy enough to set the phone to vibrate only for alerts/rings, but I can't find a simple way to mute everything else except to just turn the volume all the way down every time.

It would be much simpler and easier if there was a button or app I could use as a mute/unmute function - just like a TV's mute button works - which will totally silence the phone when desired and restore it to its previous volume settings when un-silenced. Is such a feature or app generally available?


Just lower your volume to 0 and everything (except your alarms) will be muted completely. There's only one volume controller in Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

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    I think this not apply for alarms. Apr 30 '13 at 1:29
  • You would'nt want it to apply for alarms as then you wouldn't be able to hear your alarm. All things have exceptions.
    – Toby Allen
    May 7 '13 at 8:59
  • Added the exclusion of alarms. Feb 13 '14 at 16:58

On Windows Phone 8, if you tap the volume button with the phone unlocked, it will bring down the volume / music shade. On this shade, in the upper right hand corner is an icon you can tap to mute / unmute the volume.

NOTE: If it is muted, an alarm will still ring at normal volume. This is so you don't accidently forget it and oversleep.


Its annoying to lower the volume especially if you have max volume cause its like the other end of the earth and takes forever. Hence the point of having a button.

No, such an app is not available as of date. =(

WP7 User.

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