Pogue's Basics: Silence your phone in a hurry by squeezing it

David Pogue
Tech Critic

Sooner or later, it happens to everyone: Your phone starts ringing at an inopportune moment. During a movie, for example, or a wedding, or a funeral.

At that moment, you probably want to shut the thing up, fast. Don’t be that idiot who wastes time pulling it out, waking it up, and tapping Decline.

Instead, just press any physical button on the side or top. The power button, for example, or one of the volume keys. Any button on a smartphone instantly stops the ringing.

Often, just wrapping your fingers around the phone and squeezing hard will do the trick; you’ll hit one of the buttons in the process. And the phone will stop ringing.

Your caller will still hear the phone-ringing sound, but the call will eventually go to voicemail.

Adapted from “Pogue’s Basics: Tech” (Flatiron Press), by David Pogue.

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