Zazen Meditation Timer – Frequently asked Questions
This FAQ targets the Version 26 (from this version on you will see the current Version you are using in the „About…“ Screen – so if you don’t see a version there, you have an older one 😉
Why does muting now require a Permission?
The newer Android Versions do not allow an App to go into the „Do not Disturb“ mode without the user explicitly allowing this. The App checks if this permission is present and if not, tries to open the corresponding Setting where you can allow the muting.
Muting or restoring Volume after muting does not work correctly
Getting muting work reliable was a very tough task that took me a few days alone to get it working for the Android Versions available to me. Sadly, I can’t guarantee that muting works on all devices, because there are far too many out there and there are lots of different behaviours I do not know of.
My current findings for the versions I have are as follows:
|Android Version||Do-not-Disturb||Vibration Mode||Comments|
|4.4 (API19 – Kitkat)||Working||Working|
|5.0 (API21 – Lollipop)||Working||Working|
|5.1 (API22 – Lollipop MR1)||Working||Working|
|6.0 (API23 – Marschmallow)||Working||Working|
|7.0 (API24 – Nougat)||Working – but Apps configured for „priority mode“ will still play their sounds||Not available – same as „Do-not-disturb“||Vibration mode does not seem to exist anymore|
|7.1.1 (API25 – Nougat)||Working – but Apps configured for „priority mode“ will still play their sounds||Not available – same as „Do-not-disturb“||Vibration mode does not seem to exist anymore|
The App crashes when it tries to mute my Phone
Sadly, some Phones (LG at most) seem to not have this Settings page correctly implemented. You can set this permission manually though. Here is the way to do this:
Why is the permission for accessing the external Storage required?
This permission is necessary for backing up your sessions, a long requested feature. To make the backup file survive a deinstall, I need to write this to the external storage location. This is not necessarily the SD-Card – many phone just use a separate folder on the phone itself for this, but the backup is still not removed when the App is uninstalled.
How do I access the Backup File? Where is it?
When you connect your Phone via USB, you will find a previously created backup file in folder zazentimer/backup.zip.
How do I restore from a Backup File?
Place the backup file into the zazentimer/backup.zip on your Phone’s internal storage or on your SD card (you may have to test which storage will work) and start the restore from the Settings in the App. This will replace all your existing sessions with the ones in the backup.
Why a new version? The old one was better…
The former version was very, very old and I got more and more errors from newer Android Devices, because the App did not handle the many changes made to the Android OS. Also, the appearance was very ugly and I wanted to make a state-of-the-art version and introduce a better user experience. The new code is much cleaner and easier to maintain, so new features can be added without breaking everything again, too.
What audio channel should I choose? Alarm or Music channel?
Use Alarm Channel if:
- you are listening to Music with your Phone while meditating
- you don’t need to hear the Bell Sounds via Earphones
Use Music Channel if:
- you need to hear the Bell Sounds via Earphones
when Bell Sounds are played and the volume needs to be changed to match the volume you defined for bells, the music will be affected, too.
There are too few muting options
I implemented all muting options that are technically possible on Android. Notifications and Phone-Ring are tied together, so its not possible to en- or disable these independently.
Vibration only not possible on Android 7 (Nougat)
Android 7 (Nougat) seems not have the settings „vibrate only“ anymore. Even when I tried manually in the Sound settings I could only choose between audible alarms and the do-not-disturb Setting.