How To Silence iPhone Without a Switch


“Silence is golden.” This is a phrase uttered by everyone who lives in a loud city. Of course, if you’ve ever lived in a major city, you know what we are talking about. The Bund in Shanghai, the business center of Delhi, and the teeming streets of New York City are some of the busiest places on Earth. And with business and people everywhere, there exists an unprecedented amount of noise. 

Noise is something that we as human beings have to live with, and noise in modern society with the mobile technology we all carry in our pockets can be incredibly annoying.

Have you ever been to a movie theatre and heard someone’s text message notification sound go off? Have you been at a wedding, and just as the wedding vows are being said, your phone’s notification sound goes off on your ESPN app to tell you the score of the Nuggets-Sixers game? The noise produced by your mobile phone is one of the most annoying things ever known.

If you follow the news, you will know that many tech companies study the way your brain works. They do this because they want to know what things can affect your brain. The noises that your iPhone sends through are specifically programmed to make sure you check your iPhone as much as possible. 

Many tech companies have laboratories based all over the United States that specifically study the interface between your brain and your iPhone. Naturally, the more annoying or alerting a sound is, the more you are inclined to check your phone. 

Luckily, there is more than one way to turn the sound off on your iPhone. Never again will you worry about the ESPN app going off at the funeral of your favorite cousin. Even though the Broncos-Chargers score is essential, it’s not as important as you being able to show that family charm. 

Follow these methods, and your iPhone will never bother you with noise!

Turn the Sound Off Manually

The easiest way to turn your phone off is by doing it manually. Everyone can figure out how to do this, even the “baby boomer” generation, who might not be as tech-savvy. It merely requires moving a button from on to off. 

Follow these steps to run your iPhone off manually. 

  1. Hold your iPhone in your hand. 
  2. Make sure the screen is facing you.
  3. On the side of the phone, there is a little switch that you can move frontwards and backward.  
  4. Move the switch backward (towards the back of the phone).
  5. You will see a prompt that says “Silent Mode“.
  6. Make sure the prompt says “Silent Mode On“. 

And there you have it; this is the easiest way to turn the sound on your iPhone off. However, other ways to do this revolve around the programming inside, and the following methods will focus on that.

How To Turn Your iPhone Sound Off Using Settings

iPhone realizes that its sounds can be annoying sometimes, and they also recognize that people drop their phones all the time. So they have given a solution built into the iOS system. 

To use the iPhone’s operating system to turn your sound off, use the following steps. 

  1. Go to the Home Screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab inside the iPhone screen. 
  3. Once inside Settings, you will see “Sounds and Haptics“.
  4. Click on the “Sounds and Haptics” icon.
  5. You will see a variety of different sounds, notifications, and other items to turn off. 
  6. Find the “Ringer and Alerts Section“.
  7. Drag the volume button on the “Ringers and Alerts” section to the left.
  8. Drag the volume button leftward all the way until you get to zero

The sound on your iPhone should be turned entirely off now. Any notification, message, or anything else that might bother you with noise is no more. Now you can rest assured that the guy in the movie theatre sitting next to you won’t try and beat you up. 

Use the Do Not Disturb Setting To Turn Sound Off Your iPhone

Everyone knows the “Do Not Disturb” sign, and it’s the same sign that you hang on your hotel room door when you have a bunch of your friends over. Even though the hotel tells you that you can’t have any guests in the room, the “Do Not Disturb” sign protects you from any maids that might want to clean your room and then tell the management that you’ve been up to no good. 

Here are the steps to use the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your iPhone.

  1. Go to the iPhone Main Menu.
  2. Tap on the Settings button.
  3. Once you are in the Settings menu, tap on the “Focus” section.
  4. Go into the “Do Not Disturb” section and tap on it.
  5. Once inside, drag the button to the left.
  6. You have now completely silenced your iPhone.

The significant part about the “Do Not Disturb” menu is that you can program this to operate at certain times. For instance, if you are sleeping between 10 pm and 6 pm, you can make it so that your iPhone does not disturb you during this period.


And there you have it. iPhone has a few effortless ways to eliminate the sound from your phone so that you never have to worry. So whether you have your first iPhone and don’t want to delve into the settings and use the hardware, or you dropped your phone the other day and the button broke, there are many options for you to do. 

You can rest easy knowing that your iPhone’s sound will be the least of your worries as you move through life!

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