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Add automatic volume adjustment to your Android alerts

Soften the blow of forgetting to turn off your ringtones and notifications with just a few simple steps.

You may recall the violinist who played the Nokia ringtone after a member of the audience forgot to silence his phone. Luckily, this gentleman had a sense of humor and decided to make light of the situation. Unfortunately, not everyone is so forgiving of interruptions. If you don't want to be that person, your best course of action is to completely silence or turn off your phone. But what if you forget?

Most people don't turn off their phone notifications until they arrive at their destination. This is likely why many movie theaters show a cute animated feature about silencing electronic devices before the actual movie starts. Since there isn't going to be an animated film to remind you each time your phone needs to be silenced, you can grab an app to help you out. If everything around you is relatively quiet, the app will lower the volume levels of ringtones and alerts.This is useful if your ringtone is set very high because your usual surroundings are very noisy (like a busy office, or even outdoors).

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 1: Download RingDimmer from the Android Market.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 2: After installing, simply open the app and check the box by Enabled.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

(Optional) Step 3: Choose whether you want your vibration levels to be lowered, in addition to your alert volume. This will adjust based on ambient noise, light, and time of day.

This is what the notification will look like. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

(Optional) Step 4: Enable/disable the notification area widget for the app. When enabled, the music note will stay in the notification shade for easy app access.

(Optional) Step 5: In the interest of saving battery life, you may want to disable the app when you don't need it babysitting your volume levels.

It's worth noting that this app is not going to silence your phone, only make it less noisy. However, paying 99 cents for an app is more than reasonable when it could ultimately save you a bit of embarrassment.