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January 5, 2021 11:15 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to override vibrate-only notifications in Android for one specific event?

I have my phone set to vibrate-only, because I greatly dislike audible notifications. However, I have a work situation that requires I remember to do a specific thing at 5PM on specified days.

I've set up a reminder on my personal Google calendar (since this task lies outside work hours), but since all my notifications are set to vibrate only, if I'm doing something else and my phone isn't near me (like, the other day, I was on the treadmill and my phone was across the room so I missed the reminder), I might miss the notification if I don't hear it.

I don't really want to turn on sound for all notifications, just this one specific one. Is that granular of an override of my phone's sound setting even possible?

I have a Pixel 5 running Android 11, and I don't use Tasker or any other automator service; this effort probably isn't worth learning how to use one, either, since it'll only occur a handful of times in January. I can make sure my phone's always with me, but the added security of an audible alert would also be helpful in case my attention is not pointed at my phone.
posted by pdb to Technology (4 answers total)
Best answer: I would consider using a different application -- an alarm, for example, rather than a notification. Are they regularly scheduled events or random?
posted by jacquilynne at 11:34 AM on January 5, 2021 [3 favorites]

Use Google Assistant to set alarm or reminder for those dates and times?
posted by kschang at 11:41 AM on January 5, 2021

I’m using iOS and my phone is completely silent and doesn’t even vibrate for notifications, but when I set an alarm, it is audible. I can also set the alarm to go off every day, or just weekdays, or just specific days of the week. There must be the same functionality on Android, though I’m afraid I can’t tell you how to do it.
posted by ejs at 11:53 AM on January 5, 2021

Response by poster: Wow. I was so focused on the reminder-y part of "reminder" that I completely forgot I could use the alarm clock for reminding me of something time-bound as well. It does indeed override silent mode, and I'll just use that. Thanks all!
posted by pdb at 11:59 AM on January 5, 2021 [2 favorites]

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