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Old October 11th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Separate Ringer/Notification volume control

I have a Nexus 7 and a GNEX (VZW). On my Nexus 7 I have the ability to separate the volume levels for main volume and notifications and my phone wont let me, both are on 4.1.

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Here it says the phone should do it. I talked to Google support and they said VZW took it out, but a friend said her PLay store TMO version doesn't have it either.

Does anyone have this on their phones and what version do you have if so? Thanks.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ICS nor JB had that ability on my VZW Gnex. Thank goodness for roms because the lack of that feature is terribly annoying and it's foolish that extra options like that were removed, if that were the case. I just figured it was a JB thing but if it was VZW, that's a strange decision on their part.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I assume you have a VZW version also?
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There was an app for ICS that added the functionality to separate ringer and notification volumes, but afaik the dev has not updated it yet to work with JB

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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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People love to blame Verizon for things.

I don't think any GN has had separate volume controls for ringers and notifications since it rolled out with ICS or JB.
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Hey Tim I'm not trying to blame Verizon, Google was. I'm just trying to see if anyone has the functionality that Google's own help pages (see original post and click link) say it should.

Like I said I talked to Google's help center on the phone and they blamed Verizon. I talked to a friend who has a Play Store TMO verzion and she doesnt have it either.

So I'm just trying to take a little survey so I can call back and tell them that no GNEX has this, so why does their documentation say it does.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Google's directions don't even make sense. Its like whoever wrote them has never used an android device.
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Notification volume

You can now control the volume for notifications separately from your phone's main volume.

Press the volume button on the side of your phone, then touch the Settings icon . Drag slider to change the volume for notifications.
Huh? As if the volume button brings up a screen with a settings icon? No. And going to settings > sounds just takes you to the sliders on which ringer and notification volumes are not separate nor individually controllable.
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CM10 has separate volume controls. It amazes me how it was ever left out of the official builds.
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I use Settings Extended (free from the Play store).

One of the widgets it allows is a volume button that allows individual settings for:
- ringer/notifications
- music/ video games, media, etc
- alarms
- keyboard/system
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I use Settings Extended (free from the Play store).

One of the widgets it allows is a volume button that allows individual settings for:
- ringer/notifications
- music/ video games, media, etc
- alarms
- keyboard/system

This won't help. I think the OP was looking to control ringer and notification volumes independently from each other.
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Stock JB options are "Music, video,games and other media", "Ringtone & notifications" and "alarms".
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By far the best solution for separate ringer and notification volumes is Audio Control. Hands down the most complete and useful sound management app in the Play Store.
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Audio control does not work.
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In Gingerbread the ringer and notification volumes were separate and the ability to control them separately was made available to apps. From ICS onwards, AFAIK the separation has been removed. Apps can still attempt to control them separately and may appear to offer the feature to do so but under the hood the two volumes are the same so changing the notification volume changes the ringer volume and vice versa.

For me this was a backwards step. It is useful to control them separately so that one can, for example, silence the notifications for new e-mail and text messages overnight while leaving the ringer on. Few people call me and if someone does choose to ring in the middle of the night then it is probably something really important.

As an alternative I found a locale/tasker plugin that achieves the same thing by changing the default notification sound to silence and changes it back to a sound you select when you want notifications back on again.
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For me this was a backwards step. It is useful to control them separately so that one can, for example, silence the notifications for new e-mail and text messages overnight while leaving the ringer on. Few people call me and if someone does choose to ring in the middle of the night then it is probably something really important.
I consider this a step backward as well, along with the lost ability for user apps to control GPS and airplane mode, and to clear missed call notifications.

If Google engineers have nothing better to do than tie our hands, maybe they should be transferred to a different project.
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Finally found an app that will separate ringer and notification volumes!
It's called "Smart Sound Profiles".
It is a paid app, but there is a free tiral version to try it out for a few days.
It works like a charm on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus on JB 4.1.1

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tartar.soundprofiles
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Default Disable app notification

My wife and I were discussing this very topic searching for

answers ... as we recently upgraded from HTC Evo's to Samsung

Galaxy S3's ...

I found that if you DISABLE the NOTIFICATION OPTIONS ON THE

SPECIFIC APP that is driving you insane with constant or

frequent notification ... it relieves some headache.

Other posts stated lowering volume of general phone

notification works somewhat for them.

However if you want to differentiate between, for example, an

email app and texting app, disabling the notification sound in

the app's options has worked for us.

Good fortune and rock on!
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In each application you can turn off the notification or change the sound. No Volume control, but good enough for me.
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Have you tried Lightflow? It allows you to set a separate volume for the notification for several common apps. There's a Lite version so you can try it free first.
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Smart Volume Control is a good audio manager app that lets you preset multiple volume settings for almost anything in your phone.
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Just read about this on Lifehacker, looks useful. Haven't tried it myself yet but about to go get it.

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I'm trying slider widget now, and every time I change the notification level, it also changes the ringtone level to the same thing. I want them different.
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