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How to Set Do Not Disturb on Google Pixel Phones



Do not disturb on a Google Pixel

Android notifications can be annoying at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Enabling “Do Not Disturb” mode is a way to mute annoying notifications when you don’t need them. Here’s how to set it up on your Google Pixel.

Most Android devices include some form of Do Not Disturb settings. There is a lot you can do with these settings, and taking some time to adjust them can significantly improve your smartphone experience.

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How to customize Do Not Disturb

The “Do not disturb”

; options can be found in the “Sound” settings. First, swipe down twice from the top of the screen, then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

open the device settings

Go to Sound (or Sound and vibration)> Do not disturb.

android sound settings

We start in the top part. Here you can decide which people and apps can break “Do not disturb” mode. Tap “People” to get started.

tap people to get started

Tap “Calls” to choose who can call your phone while it is in “Do not disturb” mode.

then tap calls

Choose one of the following options from the list.

  • Starred contacts: Anyone who has saved you as a star contact.
  • Contacts: Anyone saved in your contacts.
  • Everyone: Anyone who calls your phone.
  • No: All calls are muted in do not disturb mode.

call choices

If you choose Starred Contacts, you can tap the gear icon to add or remove people.

starred contacts settings

Select the icon in the top right corner to add starred contacts, or tap the star icon to delete a starred contact. Tap the back arrow when you’re done.

do not disturb, add starred contacts

Then turn on the switch for “Allow repeating callers” if you want someone to come through when they call a second time within 15 minutes. Tap the back arrow when you’re done.

allow repeat callers

Now we are going to do the same for text messages. Tap ‘Messages’.

select messages

You will see the same options that were available in the “Calls” section.

call choices

If you choose “Starred Contacts”, you can re-customize your starred contacts by tapping the gear icon. Tap the back arrow when you’re done.

The last thing to set up in the People section is ‘Conversations’. Starting from Android 11, you can mark specific conversations in messaging apps. In the context of Do Not Disturb mode, you might not want to get notified when a friend saves you on Facebook Messenger, but you want to know if they are sending you an urgent text message.

The options in “Conversations” are as follows. You can tap the gear icon next to the options to adjust which conversations are recorded.

  • All calls: Any conversation you’ve moved to the Conversations section of the notifications.
  • Priority Calls: Calls you have marked as ‘Priority’.
  • No: Ignore conversations.

call options

Now that we’ve set up Calls and Messages, we can adjust what other notifications are allowed during Do Not Disturb mode. Select ‘Alarms and other interruptions’.

select alarms and others

You will see a list of notification types with switches next to them. Select the one you would like to see in Do Not Disturb mode.

select notifications

The last part to be covered is ‘Apps’. This shows which apps can alert you during Do Not Disturb mode.

select apps

The “Apps that can pause” are listed at the top. Note that they may say ‘Some notifications’. You can select an app to fine-tune which notifications can be paused.

select an app from the list

Tap ‘Add apps’ to add more apps to this list.

tap add apps

The page expands with a complete list of apps on your device. Select the app you want to add.

select an app to add

You will be taken to a page with all the different types of notifications that can come out of the app. Turn on the switch for anything you want to allow during do not disturb mode.

choose notification types

When you are done adding apps, go back to the main “Do Not Disturb” settings. The next thing we’re going to do is choose how long Do Not Disturb mode runs from the Quick Settings button.

options for quick settings

You can choose to leave it on ‘Until you turn off’, set a custom length of time, or ‘Ask every time’. Tap “OK” when done.

quick settings toggle action

Then select ‘Display options for hidden notifications’. This determines how notifications blocked during do not disturb mode look and sound.

hidden notification options

From here there are three options:

  • No sound from notifications: Notifications are still displayed, but they do not make a sound.
  • No video or sound from notifications: You will not see or hear the notifications.
  • Customization: Select this to make very specific choices about how notifications are displayed.

hide notification options

If you choose Custom, tap the gear icon to reveal the options. You can select different variables to control exactly how notifications are displayed in different situations.

Finally, we can create a schedule for Do Not Disturb mode. Tap Schedules.

make a schedule

There will be a few different preset schedules you can use. If you have previously set “Bedtime mode” on your phone, you will see it enabled as one of the schedules.

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To create your own custom schedule, tap “Add more” at the bottom.

do not disturb add a schedule

You will be asked to choose a schedule type first. “Event” will run Do Not Disturb based on calendar events. “Time” will execute Do Not Disturb at selected times.

Event-based schedules

Select “Event” as the schedule type.

type of event do not disturb

Enter a name for the schedule. Then tap ‘Add’.

name of the event type do not disturb

Then tap ‘During events for’ to choose which Google calendar to use.

do not disturb choose calendars

Choose one of the calendars from the drop-down menu or ‘Any calendar’.

do not disturb choose calendars

Then tap “Where answer is” to specify events to which you have responded. Select one of the options from the drop-down menu.

type of event do not disturb

Finally, tap on ‘Do Not Disturb Behavior’.

behavior options do not disturb

Select ‘Use Defaults’ to use the Do Not Disturb settings we previously set. To go through that process for this particular schedule, select “Create custom settings for this schedule” and tap the gear icon.

do not disturb behavioral settings

That is it! The schedule is over.

Time-based schedules

Select “Time” as the schedule type.

do not disturb choose schedule type

Enter a name for the schedule. Then tap ‘Add’.

do not disturb name scheme

Now tap on “Days” and select the days of the week you want to include in the schedule. Tap “Done” when you are done.

do not disturb certain days of the week

Select “Start Time” and enter a time to start the schedule. Tap “OK” when done.

do not disturb select start time

Repeat the same process for ‘End Time’.

do not disturb select the end time

Use the switch for “Alarm can ignore end time” to have do not disturb mode end if an alarm is set to go off before your chosen end time.

do not disturb the end time

Finally, tap on ‘Do Not Disturb Behavior’.

behavior options do not disturb

Select ‘Use Defaults’ to use the Do Not Disturb settings we previously set. To go through that process for this particular schedule, select “Create custom settings for this schedule” and tap the gear icon.

do not disturb behavioral settings

That is it! The schedule is over.

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How to turn on Do not disturb at any time

In the previous section, we set up our Do Not Disturb behavior and created some schedules. If you want to enable Do Not Disturb at any time regardless of the schedules, you can do that too.

The easiest way to do this is through the Quick Settings toggles. Swipe down twice from the top of the screen, then tap Do Not Disturb. (You may need to swipe right to see the switch.) This switch’s action is determined by the “Default Duration” selection we made above.

do not disturb toggle quick settings

You can also go to Settings> Sound> Do Not Disturb and tap the “Enable Now” button.

do not disturb, switch on now

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