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The title kinda tells it all. Sometimes I need to turn silent for a meeting and the procedure is like:

  1. Unlock the phone
  2. Click on Menu
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Click on Sound
  5. Enable Silent mode

Apart from (1), which can't be shortened (can it?), I want to minimize the remaining 4 clicks.

EDIT: I have a Nexus S, but I'm more interested in things that are not specific to models. Also, please feel free to add model-specific answers, as other people may find it useful.

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What phone? On my Nexus One, I can just hit my volume-down button (without unlocking) one click down past vibrate. –  Uninspired Apr 23 '11 at 16:56
    
@Uninspired I tried to leave that open so answers can be generic. –  phunehehe Apr 23 '11 at 17:04

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Personally I think that the easiest way (apart from sliding right to left but thats not available on all phones) to put the phone into silent mode is to hold down the power button for a short period, than select Silent mode.

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It CAN be shortened!

You can silence your phone straight from the lockscreen by sliding from right to left.

See this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTQ-c7QJdYQ#at=4m

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+1 This is great! I'm going to accept @Linus's answer because I have a locking pattern so can't use this. Nice to know, though :) –  phunehehe Apr 24 '11 at 7:20
    
Doesn't work with HTC sense :-( –  Casebash Apr 29 '11 at 4:01

You can also a widget on your home screen to toggle between silent / vibrate / normal modes.

Too many to list. Most popular ones work well.

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I use Widgetsoid –  Alex B Apr 25 '11 at 18:07

Holding the Volume-Down button on most Android devices from the home screen will drop to silent mode.

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