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SemiSilent Is a Ringer White List for Android Phones

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Want to turn your ringer off except for calls from a select few? SemiSilent selectively mutes your Android ringer so the critical calls come through and the rest stay silent.

Install the app, launch it, and SemiSilent pulls up your contact list. From there you can whitelist/blacklist callers so that the phone rings when they call (or doesn’t). You can also adjust the ring volume through SemiSilent so even though you ringer is technically off you can adjust it to your liking for the times SemiSilent, via your whitelist, activates the ringer.

SemiSilent is a free Android application (the $0.99 Pro version removes the advertisements and adds in a homescreen widget). Hit up the link below to grab a copy.

SemiSilent [Android Market Place via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/5/11

Comments (4)

  1. Joe Shelton

    I’ve been wanting to do this with Tasker, but haven’t been able to figure out how. Does anyone know how I would go about adding this to a profile?

  2. Shawn

    The easiest way to do this with Tasker is to create a profile for incoming call (State->Incoming Call) and set the “Caller” to the person that you want it to ring for. Then for the enter task have it play your ringtone file on loop (Media->Music Play, select Loop). For the exit task use Media->Music Stop. Then you can turn off your regular ringtone and your phone should only ring for the previously mentioned “Caller.” I haven’t tested this for multiple callers but I believe that it should work.

  3. Tom

    Maybe I am wrong, but isn’t it possible to create and use a “silent” ring tone as default for all users and then use a normal ring tone for all the contacts you want to hear?

  4. SnowSpider

    On every Android phone I’ve ever owned I just select the contact and tick the box that says “send to voicemail”; no apps required.

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