How to Disable the iPhone Silent Switch

Written by jess kroll
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The "Silent Switch" located on the top left of the iPhone may have seemed like a good idea when it was designed, but in practice it has led to problems. Enabling the switch prevents the phone from ringing and sets the phone to vibrate-only while all other sounds function as normal. That can make it difficult to tell when the switch has accidentally been activated. Unfortunately Apple did not program a bypass for the switch, but there are third-party applications and other low-tech solutions to the silent problem.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Download the "Auto Silent" application (see Resources). The application bypasses the silent switch.

  2. 2

    Enter the Auto Silent application.

  3. 3

    Schedule when or if you want the phone to automatically be set to vibrate-only mode. The application silences the phone during the hours specified by the user.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more low-tech approach to disabling the Silent Switch use a small strip of tape to cover the switch, or a drop of glue to stick the switch in the off position. These are easy and effective solutions but may not be the prettiest.

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