How can I turn off every volume but Media, GUARANTEED?


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  1. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Here's the unique situation-

    My wife is going to pop out a mini me in about 2 weeks. She want's (desparately) to have an "all natural" birth experience. In order to deal with the pain, she is using a program called "Hypno-Babies", which consists of a series of hypno-induction preparedness CDs, and then a "Birthing" CD to listen to.
    "You feel no pain. Your pelvis is not splitting. Your vagina is not tearing..."
    I'm being as supportive as possible, as I have a role in this as well, but this is our second, and I know she's going to be asking for the epi about 2 hours into it!

    She wants to use her Droid to listen to the CD while she is in labor. The problem is that any distraction through the Droid will have an impact on the whole thing. (If the incoming messages notification sounds like a chiken, she might come out of all this clucking!) Well, maybe not that bad, but it will screw up her concentration.

    I use Sound Manager on mine, but I need to make sure that there's absolutely no chance that my wife's Droid does anything other than behave like an mp3 player.

    Thanks for reading!:p
     

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  2. Snaz

    Snaz Well-Known Member

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    a bit OT- Keep up that support, Daddy! I actually used a different but similar program but managed both babies with no epi! Your job is to act like the gatekeeper and don't let anyone bug her!

    I listened to a bunch of that stuff, music esp, as i fell asleep each night and it programmed me to relax. It really helped. Tell her to listen/practice at bedtime.

    Did you try the "silent mode" ? Settings/Sound & Display/Silent mode checked. It will only allow alarms and media through. Just be sure you don't have the alarm clock set...

    Are there any other kind of alarms that come through? Then give it a couple dry runs...send a text/gmail/call etc and make sure it works.

    Good luck on the delivery!
     
  3. JBH

    JBH Active Member

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    You might look into setting the phone ringtone AND the notification ringtone to "Silent". No way it will make a sound then.
     
  4. ttaylor0024

    ttaylor0024 Well-Known Member

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    As Snaz said, just put the phone into silent mode, turn any alarms off, and walaha
     
  5. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    Volume control widget and Quick profiles are good for setting settings too.

    You sure you dont want it to make a big ol' "Droooooiiiiid" when the baby pops out though? :)
     
  6. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Try using Toggle Settings, and altering one of the profiles there - then set up a rule when that profile is enabled, all volumes are at 0 except media.

    It helps if (in settings) you separate ring volume from notification volume) so that this will work correctly.

    I am playing with ROMs right now, so I don't have it installed again, but I will soon, and I can answer more questions about it if you like.

    The advantage to this is that she can go through this any time she wants, simply enable the profile and start listening to the CD.

    One other thing - if you have the phone set to vibrate on calls that might be a deal breaker as well, it depends upon the wifey, so ask her to be sure. If she says yes, then disable that as well.
     
  7. AndyH

    AndyH Active Member

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    I happen to use Quick Profiles and have a Silent profile that I use. But, to be safe, why not simply put it in airplane mode when you get to the hospital? That'll save your battery, too.
     
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    ccousinsjr Well-Known Member

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    What th..?
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Would Airplane mode allow for audio / video volume to play?
     
  10. MNewmansnow

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    Yes it would (unless the audio/ video is being streamed), because airplane mode just disables your network connections. If you put the phone into airplane mode (found in settings > wireless and networks) and turn the alarm volume to zero you should be good. Also you could install the AudioManager widget to manage all the phone's volume levels.
     
  11. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    OK, I installed Sound Manager on hers, and she did have the Notification and Ringer volumes tied together.
    Thanks all!
     
  12. mrempp

    mrempp Active Member

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    if it was in airplane mode no messages, calls etc.. would come thru so it shouldn't make any noise.
     
  13. AndyH

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    For what it is worth, you can also access Airplane Mode simply by holding down the power button, instead of going into the settings menu.
     
  14. anderson.mcdaniel

    anderson.mcdaniel Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure you can just hit the volume slider button thingy all the way down before you open the media player and it will go to silent mode. "Ringer volume", once you start the media player that conrols the "media volume".
     
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    Love my droid but for a use like this? Just seems a cheap .mp3 player would be easier and more reliable.
     
  16. mrempp

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    what's wrong with using it as an mp3 player if it has the capability, seems like a perfectly reasonable use to me
     
  17. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    Umm, if Media volume control controls ringer as well, then it is no good - he wants media up and everything else silenced. However, this is actually not the case, IIRC, b/c those are independent volumes. What she watns is everything silenced except media, and an easy way to do it. profiles is probably the best way to go about it, but Airplane mode may be a good viable options as well.

    Why carry 2 devices when one will do it all?
     
  18. cnjmorris

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    I have no problem with him using it as an mp3... I do myself. He asked if there is a way to GUARANTEE that and I would have to say 'no'... I've just had too many issues. What about forced closes, whatever. Seems safer to just use a mp3 player that doesn't have features that will interrupt.

    Carry 2 devices? He said while she is in labor and if she was using the .mp3 player she wouldn't need to have the phone with her.... so its still 1 device, just 1 device less likely to cause any issues.
     
  19. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

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    I still say we make a custom ringtone of people clapping and cheering to play when the baby comes out.
     
  20. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

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    ROTF good idea!
     
  21. dougwilson2000

    dougwilson2000 Well-Known Member

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    I am assuming this is going to happen in a hospital where you have tto turn off cell phones. So AIRPLANE MODE will be your best and simplest solution. By the way, congrats daddy.
     
  22. iPhone2Droid

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    AudioManager Widget: Once installed as widget on a home screen, each component of the Droid capable of making sound is shown. One tap opens the config screen, allowing speedy adjustments via a slidebar per sound component. Best way I've found to guarantee silence only precisely where ya want it. Runs smooth as silk (for months now).
    AudioManager Widget for Android - AndroidZoom.com

    Update: Should have added-- a huge benefit: with that widget on screen, you have constant visual feedback about the sound levels of each component.
     
  23. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member

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    I vote that Psychokitty needs a new nickname. I'm thinking something along the lines of "CuddlyKitty". And are you shopping for a minivan yet? :eek: :D :D :D
     
  24. crankerchick

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    airplane mode wouldn't stop a notification such as a calendar reminder from sounding since airplane mode does nothing with the volume.

    I would do what others have suggested and put the phone in silent mode which silences all sounds and vibrations, and use either Volume Control or Sound Manager apps to view the individual volumes and make sure they are all turned down except for the media volume.

    I would also go on the market and get RingGuard which is an app that will not allow you to change the volume of the ringer without confirmation. On the droid it is very easy to bump the side volume rocker and change the volume of the ringer, but this app will put the volume back to its original setting unless you change the volume from within the application specifically.

    Good luck!

    I would not trust ToggleSettings at all personally, and in general wouldn't use any of the auto changing apps or profile apps for this situation, not because they are bad, but because this is very important to you and your wife that it be right, so no need to introduce any more variables into the equation than necessary.
     
  25. teschoen

    teschoen Well-Known Member

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    When the phone is on silent and you are streaming audio (didn't test with MP3s but it should be the same) you get a short silent blip that does intrrupt the song.

    The best thing is to go into airplane mode to disable any calls and emails, and to clear her calendar.

    OR better yet, use a MP3 player or CD Player that doesn't have that issue. That is the downside to a multi-purpose device like a 'Droid.
     

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