Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Muting without vibration on stock Android (4.2.2)

Annoyingly when I turn the volume down all the way on my Nexus 4 the phone sets itself to vibrate so it seemed there was no way to make it totally silent.

However, there is a way to achieve this. Simply hold the power button down for a few seconds as if you were powering down the phone. At the bottom of the popup dialog box that appears there are 3 options.

The left option will mute all sounds without vibrating, the middle will vibrate instead of playing sounds and the right will make the phone play sounds as per your volume settings.

Power button popup dialog

So to mute without vibrating simple hit the left option.

You will need to return to this popup dialog to turn off this setting as your normal volume settings are ignored while muted.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Enabling Developer Options on Nexus 4

I got my Nexus 4 last week and wanted to enable USB debugging for development. After opening the settings I noticed the Development Options tab was missing.

After a bit of searching I found out that you have to enable this option. To do this open the settings page, scroll to the bottom and open the About phone option (This might be called About Device on a tablet). In the About phone section scroll to the Build number property and click it 7 times. You will then become a developer and Development Options will be available in the normal place. There are a few other Easter eggs like this in, but I’ll let you find these.