Silent Time

silenttime_1This probably happens to you too – you just get settled for the night, the phone is on charge on the bedside table and there’s an incoming message or reminder notification. BING BONG! (or whatever your notification tone sounds like). This is usually followed by a swift kick in the shins and/or a ‘WILL you TURN that thing OFF? I was JUST ABOUT ASLEEP!’  from the now very cranky spouse beside you…

Yes, we’ve probably all been there and while notifications are needed – you may be waiting for a txt message from someone or an important email maybe – at 10:30pm they can usually wait until the morning or, if your device has one, just a discreet, quietly flashing light or a subtle vibration to let you know someone or something needs your attention is all you want.

This is where Silent Time comes into it’s own. Just set a few schedules for when you don’t want to be disturbed and it does the rest. I have two set on my phone – 10pm to 8am Monday to Friday and 11pm to 10am in the weekends – on the reasoning that everyone likes a lie-in on Saturday and Sunday and even if we are up and about at 8am Saturday morning we prefer to ease into the weekend!

I’ve had this app on my devices since my first Android phone (an HTC Hero) and it’s a standard app that gets put on every device I own. I’ve had no issues with it, silenttime_2but I don’t set exceptions for particular phone numbers to call me. Most of the negative comments in the Play Store are about this issue, so I’ll have to try setting this to see the results – one important thing to remember when entering phone numbers on exception lists is that sometimes an area code is required, so maybe this is the source of many complaints.

Honestly, some of the negative comments you read in the store and other online places, make you wonder about some people. A developer probably spent many, many hours programming an app and tests it out thoroughly and the first time something goes wrong someone posts a ‘one star’ negative review and often uses unnecessarily aggressive language to boot. Sure, tell them something hasn’t worked and some details about the problem, making the remark ‘this app sucks’ is of very little use to anyone reading the comments or the developer is it? Ok, end of my rant…

Getting back to the review – just install it and see if it helps your marriage! After the last update, which was a fair while ago, I now get a very brief ‘bi..‘ (the start of my notification tone) then silence which tells me it’s now gone silent. There is also a small speaker with a line through it icon on the notification bar to tell you silent time has been activated. If you decide to turn it off silent mode, you just tap the ‘Silent Time is active, tap to turn off’ in the notification area to do so.

There are no ads in the free version, the developer has a ‘donation’ version available if you want to do the right thing and for around $5 it’s worth every cent I reckon!


Silent Time
Price : FREE
Size : 82k (really, really tiny)
Needs : Android 2.2+
Silent Time

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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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