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SoundHUD brings silent mode back to Lollipop (root not required)

Android Lollipop's volume and interruption controls can take some getting used to. If you prefer more familiar volume controls, check out the SoundHUD app.

Published onFebruary 23, 2015

SoundHUD volume controls

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduces some welcome improvements, but one of the less well received changes is the new volume interruption controls and a lack of an obvious silent mode. They can certainly take a bit of getting used to.

In our own Q&A section, we’ve heard many users complain about the changes, especially when it comes to putting the device into silent mode. Fortunately, the SoundHUD app on the Google Play Store can help restore a familiar interface to Lollipop’s sound options and it also comes with a true silent mode.

Best of all, the app doesn’t require root access and can be tried for free for two weeks, after which a one off cost of $1.99 (£1.29) keeps all the features unlocked. Once granted permission, simply pressing your volume button will bring up the alternate menu, complete with full control for each audio setting.

Setting the phone up for silent mode involves heading over to System settings > Sound & notification > Interruptions and turning OFF all priority interruption switches. SoundHUD also has a nifty feature which can enable an app to open on a long press of your volume buttons.

So, problem solved. Have any of you come up with your own workarounds for Lollipop’s silent mode?