Do you want to mute your phone but to hear the sound of the bell despite of it?

There is an option “mute with phone” in Settings>Mute rules. But sometimes it might not work as you expect. This is because there are several methods to mute the phone and every Android release seems to bring up new ones.

Android 4

Pretty straightforward here. You can bring the volume to zero which means your phone is muted. So the options works as follows:

Mute with phone 0-Volume Sound Display/Vibration
yes no yes yes
yes yes no no
no no yes yes
no yes YES YES

The second line for example means you have chosen mute with phone and volume is set to zero. Now the bell is muted: not playing the sound, not displaying the bell and not vibrating at all. The fourth line shows the same scenario but option mute with phone is disabled here. Now you will get every selected action (playing the sound, displaying the bell and vibrating) though your phone is muted.

Android 5

Besides bringing the volume to zero here you can choose three different modes: NONE, PRIO or ALL. Now it’s more difficult to say in which constellation the phone is muted. Now the option works following this table:

Mute with phone 0-Volume Mode Sound Display/Vibration
yes no ALL yes yes
yes yes ALL no no
yes no PRIO yes yes
yes yes PRIO no no
yes no NONE no no
yes yes NONE no no
NO no ALL yes yes
NO yes ALL YES YES
NO no PRIO yes yes
NO yes PRIO YES YES
NO no NONE no YES (?)
NO yes NONE no YES (?)

I’m not sure about the entries marked with (?) because I have no device to test this.

Android 6

Besides bringing the volume to zero here you can choose three different do-not-disturb modes: Priority only (PRIO), Alarms only (ALARM), Total silence (SILENT). And you can switch do-not-disturb completely off (OFF). Now it’s even more difficult to say in which constellation the phone is muted. Now the option works following this table:

Mute with phone 0-Volume Mode Sound Display/Vibration
yes no OFF yes yes
yes yes OFF no no
yes no PRIO yes yes
yes yes PRIO no no
yes no ALARM no no
yes yes ALARM no no
yes no SILENT no no
yes yes SILENT no no
NO no OFF yes yes
NO yes OFF YES YES
NO no PRIO yes yes
NO yes PRIO YES YES
NO no ALARM YES YES
NO yes ALARM YES YES
NO no SILENT no YES
NO yes SILENT no YES

Compared to Android 5 ALL has became OFF, NONE became SILENT, PRIO is unchanged and ALARM is new in between PRIO and SILENT.