How to Silence Your Android Phone When You Get Home

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Different situations require different phone settings. Pestering notifications might be useful at work, but you may prefer a more chill vibe at home. If you have an Android device, you can automate the process of silencing your phone.

Like a lot of things that have to do with Android, there are a couple of different ways to achieve this. Google Assistant includes a method that will work with any Android device, but Google Pixel handsets also have a more “built-in” method. We’ll cover both.

Silence Your Phone at Home with Google Assistant Routines

With a Google Assistant routine, you’ll only need to use a voice command to put your phone on silent. This is handy if you have a Google Nest speaker since you can enter your home address and simply say, “OK Google, I’m home.”

To get started, launch the Google Assistant app on your Android device. You can open it by tapping its app icon and then saying, “OK, Google,” or you can swipe in from the bottom-left or -right corner.

Swipe in from the bottom-left or -right corner.

Now, tap the Snapshot icon in the bottom-left corner. The UI might look slightly different depending on your phone or tablet.

Select your profile icon in the top-right corner to open the Assistant’s Settings menu.

Scroll through the list of settings and choose “Routines.”

select routines

There will be a routine titled “I’m Home.” This is the one that we want to customize. It should be noted that this is not the Google Home “Home & Away” automation routine.

"I'm Home" routine

By default, the voice commands to start the routine are “I’m Home” and “I’m Back.” You can tap the commands if you’d like to add your own custom phrase.

select commands to add more

To make the routine silence your phone, tap “Add Action.”

add action

Select the “Adjust Phone Settings” category.

adjust phone settings

Check the box for “Set Phone Volume to Zero.” This will silence the device’s ringer and notification sounds.

set phone volume to zero

Alternatively, if you’ve set up “Do Not Disturb” mode on your device, you can turn that on instead.

select do not disturb mode

Tap “Done” when you’ve made the selection.

tap Done

You’re now back on the routine screen. If everything looks good, hit “Save” to finish the routine.

finish the routine

The routine is now ready to use! Simply say the starting voice command and your phone will be put on silent/in Do Not Disturb mode.

Silence Your Phone at Home with Pixel “Rules”

If you have a Google Pixel phone, you can use a built-in feature called “Rules” to automate this process. Your phone will be silenced when you enter a certain location or connect to a specific Wi-Fi network.

First, swipe down from the top of the screen twice and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

open the device settings

Scroll down and select “System.”

select system

Expand the “Advanced” section and tap “Rules.”

select rules

First, select “Add Rule” to get started.

Tap Add Rule to start

At the top, tap “Add Wi-Fi Network or Location.”

add wifi network or location

Decide whether you want the trigger to be a “Wi-Fi Network” or “Location.”

choose wifi or location for trigger

Choose your home Wi-Fi network or enter your home address. We recommend using the Wi-Fi network option.

select network or add location

Next, select “Set Phone to Silent” (or “Turn on Do Not Disturb” if you have it set up).

select set phone to silent

Tap “Add” at the bottom of the screen when you’re done.

tap Add

The last thing you’ll want to do is allow the feature to run in the background. This ensures that it runs on time. Tap “Next” to proceed.

tap Next by the message

Select “Allow” on the pop-up message to let the service always run in the background.

Allow to run in the background

That’s it! When you connect to the network or enter the specified home location, your phone will be silenced or put in Do Not Disturb mode. Enjoy your evening in peace.

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