One UI lets you completely mute media volume in do not disturb mode
The Android Pie/One UI update for Galaxy devices brings some useful granularity to the Do not disturb feature. On Oreo and previous Android versions, one can enable Do not disturb mode to mute alarms, calls, messages, and other audio notifications, but there is no way to mute media volume. Samsung is fixing that with Android Pie and One UI with the option to selectively disable media, alarms, and touch sounds.
No more media sounds unless you turn off ‘Do not disturb’ mode
In fact, Android Pie completely mutes all media sounds and doesn’t allow you manually increase or decrease media volume. So once Do not disturb is enabled, you would have to turn it off to be able to hear audio in videos and other media on the device. It’s a neat option to ensure your phone doesn’t accidentally make a sound during your late-night sessions of scrolling through your Facebook and Instagram feeds, and Do not disturb is overall more customizable on One UI.
To customize Do not disturb, you can open the Settings app, go into the Notifications section, then tap the Do not disturb option (yes, Do not disturb is no longer located in the Sounds and vibration menu). In the Do not disturb menu, go into the Allow exceptions section to find toggles for alarms, media, and touch sounds, in addition to the usual settings that let you select whether you want to hear calls, messages and other notifications. You can see the GIF animation above for a visual guide.
There’s a lot more that Android Pie and One Ui bring to Galaxy smartphones, and you can check it all out in our One UI (Android Pie) feature focus series of articles.