Manage Sound on Android Oreo

Edited by Jay, Maria

Android 8 is by far the most customizable and developer friendly version to date. Users can do all sorts of neat things to tweak their device from the settings app and via ADB (Android Debug Bridge), with or without root. In this article, we're going to cover managing Sound and Vibration on Android Oreo.

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Aside from the standard volume and vibration controls, we can edit some cool things with Android Oreo's settings app. The Do not disturb section allows settings for various rules that can be applied to different occasions and scenarios. With priority settings, you can specify specific things to happen only when you want them to, such as receiving calls, messages, and reminders. Rules can be set for time frames as well as events.

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There are also several emergency alerts that can be enabled, and, if you have developer options turned on, some additional sounds for test broadcasting and text-to-speech alert messaging.

For the following tutorial, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo 8.1.0


At the time of writing this article Android Oreo is only available on either Google Pixel or Nexus devices.


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Volume Controls and Vibration

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    On the home screen, tap or swipe up from the little arrow to gain access to the app drawer.
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    From the app drawer, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Sound".
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    The first volume slider controls media sounds
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    Move this to adjust the sound output for videos and music.
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    The second slider controls the volume of your alarms
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    Keep an eye on this to ensure you don't sleep in or miss anything important.
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    The third slider controls the volume of your device's ringer
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    Adjust this accordingly when you're in loud or quiet environments.
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    Toggle the switch next to "Also vibrate for calls", if you want your device to vibrate when it's ringing.
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Do Not Disturb Settings and Ringtone

In this next section, we'll cover Oreo's Do not disturb and Ringtone settings. You can set some rules for different occasions so you can still receive calls or messages, while in Do Not Disturb mode.

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    From the main Sound screen, tap "Do Not Disturb preferences".
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    From the Do Not Disturb preferences screen, tap "Priority only allows".
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    On the Priority only allows screen, you'll see three toggle switches at the top; Reminders, Events, and Alarms (grayed out because alarms always make a sound). To get reminders or event notifications while in Do not disturb mode, toggle each switch to enable them.
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    You can control who you receive messages from while in Do Not Disturb mode as well
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    Tap "Messages", then select one of the options from the pop-out box. To ensure no messages are received, select "None".
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    You can also control which callers can get through
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    Tap "Call", then choose an option from the pop-out box. if you don't want to receive any calls, select "None".
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    The final option on the Priority only allows screen is, "Repeat callers"
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    Enable this so that if the same contact calls again within a fifteen-minute timeframe, you'll see their call.
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    Head back to Do Not Disturb preferences and tap "Block visual disturbances".
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    When enabled the two options allows you to block visual notification pop-ups when the screen is either on or off.
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    Back on Do Not Disturb preferences, some automatic rules can be edited; Weeknight/Weekend (time rule), and Event (event rule)
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    Tap "Weeknight" to edit more settings.
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    On the Weeknight rule screen, first toggle the switch to enable it
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    To rename it, tap "Rule name", then rename it to whatever you wish.
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    To select the days of the week this rule will apply to, tap "Days", then select the days from the pop-out menu.
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    You can control the time of day when this rule takes effect
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    Tap "Start time", then adjust the dial to set the time. If you want a more precise time that's not on the hour, tap the little keypad icon.
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    Tap "End time" to control when the rule is no longer in effect
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    Adjust the clock the same as you did for the Start time.
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    Each rule's "Do Not Disturb preferences" can also be changed
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    Tap it, then choose from one of the options in the pop-out box.
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    The last option on the weeknight rule screen is "Alarm can override end time"
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    Enable this, and an alarm will stop the rule if it happens to go off before the set end time.
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    To remove a rule, tap the trashcan icon next to it, then tap "DELETE" when the pop-up appears.
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    The second type of rule that you can edit is an Event
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    Tap it for additional options.
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    First, toggle the switch in the top right corner to enable the event rule
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    Next, tap "Rule name" to change it to anything you wish.
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    Next, tap "During events for", then select an option from the pop-out box
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    In our example, the options are Any calendar and a Gmail account.
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    The next option is "Where reply is"
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    Tap it, then select one of the following three options; Yes, Maybe, or Not replied, Yes or Maybe, or Yes.
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    The last option for an event rule is "Do Not Disturb preferences"
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    Tap this and select either; Priority only, Alarms only, or Total silence.
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    To add a new Rule, go back to the main Do Not Disturb preferences screen and tap "Add more"
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    Choose either Event rule or Time rule. You can use our examples from earlier in this section. Weeknight is a time rule and, Event is an event rule.
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    To change your devices Ringtone, tap "Phone ringtone", then choose a sound from the list on the following screen. Tap "SAVE" to set the new ringtone sound.
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Advanced Sound Settings

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    To change the default notification and alarms sounds, as well as emergency alerts, tap "Advanced".
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    Tap "Default notification sound", then choose a sound from the list on the next screen.
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    Tap "Default alarm sound", and again, select a sound on the following screen.
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    Android Oreo also allows users to enable some other sounds and vibrations
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    To enable any of the following sounds and vibrations, toggle the switch next to it.  
    1. Dial pad tones
    2. Screen lock sounds
    3. Charging sounds
    4. Touch sounds
    5. Vibrate on tap
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    The next section of the Advanced options is "Emergency alerts"
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    Tap it to enable them and select which alert sounds you want to be turned on.
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    On the Emergency alerts screen, toggle switch next to "Allow alerts" to enable emergency alert sounds. The three alerts that can be enabled are; AMBER alerts, Extreme threats, and Severe threats.
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    Tap "Emergency alert history" to see your history of emergency alerts.
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    You can turn on vibrate for emergency alerts, as well as choose how often you get reminded
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    Toggle the switch next to "Vibrate" to turn vibration on. Tap "Alert reminder sound", then select one of the following; Once, Every 2 minutes, Every 5 minutes, or Off.
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    If you have access to Developer options, you can enable the following.
     
    1. ETWS test broadcasts
    2. CMAS test broadcasts
    3. Show opt-out dialog
    4. Speak alert messages
    5. Use full volume
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