I think there is some mode with phone such as no-sound, vibration, or sound. How can I express this mode on natural way. When phone-rings alarm. I didn't expect I make any interrupting someone. I totally forgot to change sound mode to silence How can I say it? In this situation, I should have a silence mode to sound mode

  • Are you looking for the word mute? Often we say that our phone is muted or on mute when all sounds are turned off; or we might say, "I forgot to mute my phone," if it rings in the middle of a meeting. Mar 21, 2018 at 13:36

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Most commonly people will say that the phone is "muted" or the phone is "on mute" to indicate that the speaker and vibrator will not alert you. So, you may hear one say that you should "mute your phone" or that my phone is "muted". However, in some contexts (e.g. movie theater announcements before the main feature) they will suggest that you "silence your phone". Also, some phones have a "silent" mode instead of a mute mode.

  • Thank you. You mean "silence" is more natural than "mute"?
    – Ted
    Mar 22, 2018 at 19:03

The answer above works, saying the phone is "on mute", or "silent", but many people also say "my phone is on vibrate" to express the same idea. To say what you are asking about, you could must say, "I'm sorry, I forgot to turn off my phone's sound/put it on vibrate/change it to silent", etc. As a native English speaker, I would most likely say "put it on vibrate".

  • I forgot to put it on vibrate. / I forgot to change it to silent./ I forgot to put it on mute. / I forgot to turn off its sound. Are they right? Thank you.
    – Ted
    Mar 22, 2018 at 18:56
  • @Ted They're all the same and all work!
    – 米凯乐
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:06

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