Every time I flash a new custom ROM onto my Samsung Galaxy S, there a few things I have to change which will otherwise annoy me. Every time I end up having to look up how to do it again, so to save myself time in the future I’m putting them on here so it’s easier to find.
How to stop the phone making a sound during bootup
The simplest way to prevent the phone making a noise when booting up is to set the ‘System volume’ to zero. This doesn’t seem to affect any sounds that I like the phone to make – email, text and calls are still audible despite the System volume being 0. To find this setting, go to the main Settings, then Sound, then Volume.
I have no idea why this is the default setting, but when I flash a ROM and forget to change this I end up being woken up in the middle of the night by my phone vibrating to tell me the battery is charged. As most people will charge their phones at night, this seems very strange, but thankfully there’s a straightforward way to disable it. In the main Settings page, choose Sound, then choose Vibration intensity and set it to zero. If it’s greyed out, then turn Haptic feedback on, then change the Vibration intensity, then turn Haptic feedback off again. Of course, if you like the haptic feedback then this won’t be of much use to you, but I don’t like it so have it off anyway.
Sadly, the excellent ShootMe app is currently unavailable from the Android Market. However, there is a way of getting a screenshot on a Galaxy S that doesn’t need root – simply hold the Back button then press the Home button. This is how I took the screenshots above – I usually use ShootMe, but since flashing my phone again I don’t currently have it installed.