Having a smartphone is a modern-day privilege. Not only that, but you get to customize as much as you can to fit your needs. Especially if you own an Android phone, you’ll get to choose from a wide variety of options.

Most smartphone users are familiar with the different modes you apply, like Silent, Do Not Disturb and Airplane Mode. They can be really beneficial when you’re occupied and need to remain focused. But you’d rarely find anyone who actually knows the difference between the three modes, and when you should choose which.

We’ll go through how these similar options can differ, and how you may go about applying them:

What Are ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Airplane’ Mode? What Is Their Functionality?

Let’s start with the most basic one of the three: the silent mode. It simply shuts off the noise of the digital world, turning off all kinds of notifications. Any incoming calls, app notifications or text messages will not disturb you. You’ll still receive them, but you won’t hear a sound.

When it comes to the ‘do not disturb’ mode, it’s much more customizable. This mode will eliminate any unimportant calls from ever disturbing you. Not only that, but you can also choose which contacts can reach out to you. This also applies to app notifications, which can be configured to notify you with the utmost important updates.

Airplane mode, however, shuts you off completely from the world. You simply disconnect your phone from any kind of network connectivity. It doesn’t really affect how your phone notifies you, or how it makes sounds. It simply puts your phone into an offline mode, through which you can access your data that do not require internet or cellular connectivity.

How Can You Actually Personalize These Modes?

Although airplane mode puts into total seclusion, it still provides you with basic functionality. You turn off your phone signal, internet connection, GPS, Bluetooth, and anything that interacts with your phone. However, you’ll be able to enjoy playing music, writing notes, taking photos and many other features that don’t involve connections beyond your hardware. Once the airplane mode is turned off, you’ll be bombarded with delayed messages and app notifications.

There’s always an option to get notification regarding the missed calls you received while your phone was offline. You need to check with your service provider to enable the feature.

The thing that differentiates between airplane mode and the other two is that in do not disturb and silent mode, your phone remains connected to your cellular signal and Wi-Fi. Although you might receive calls and notifications on your smartphone, it will not bother you with any sounds. You’d have to do it manually, that’s only if you want to.

I personally prefer the do not disturb mode. It’s much more convenient, and also customizable, which can be quite fitting.

Vibration Settings in Do Not Disturb, Silent and Airplane Mode:

It’s really important to configure and know the vibration settings for every mode. Imagine yourself in a meeting, and your phone suddenly vibrates on the table. It would be considered quite unprofessional on your part. With that being said, the three modes on your phone offer different settings for that feature by default.

If you enable the silent mode, your phone will vibrate by default once calls or messages are received. You can stop that from happening by disabling the vibration settings all together. But it would be wiser to use the do not disturb mode in that case. It basically eliminates any sounds coming from your phone.

Sometime people mistake airplane mode for providing the silent comfort from the digital noise. But on the contrary, airplane mode doesn’t have anything to do with sounds. It’s all about signals and network connections.

What about the Customization Settings?

Honestly, you don’t get much customization options with silent and airplane mode. When I like to personalize how my phone interacts with me, I go with the do not disturb mode. It’s really convenient for my needs. You get to choose which contacts can actually notify you or simply ring your phone. You can also choose specific reminders or app notifications to, well, “disturb” you. Do not disturb mode can be a savior if you appreciate your quiet time and your attention.

Another remarkable thing about the do not disturb mode, and which you should really appreciate, is that you can schedule when it’s turned on and off. Basically, you can make the phone enable the mode automatically on a specific time, and schedule it to turn off. It can be convenient if you like to be extra organized. You can use it to turn on automatically on during your bedtime, and then enable alarms and other important features in the morning.

Which Mode Should I Use?

Well, it really depends on your needs. You can simply enable the silent mode not to be bothered by sounds, or go off the grid through the airplane mode. But I personally don’t prefer either. I like how the do-not-disturb mode offers more variety when it comes to the nature your phone notifies you. You can turn into whatever you want it to be, and it will act as you please. I hope by now you’re familiar with how these modes work and how to find what suits you. Which one would you choose for your needs and why? Let us know in the comments section below. We would appreciate your input as much as we’re pleased to have you here.