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Using Do Not Disturb mode on Android

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We live in a world where we don’t go anywhere without our cell phones. And we are constantly bombarded by notifications from text messages, emails, social media accounts, and so much more. Did you know there is a setting on your phone you can enable that limits or mutes those annoying interruptions completely? It’s called Do Not Disturb mode and here’s how to use it on your Android device.

What is Do Not Disturb Mode?

Do not disturb mode is essentially a ‘silent’ mode for your phone, but you can easily customize what ‘silent’ means to you. In other words, you can choose which notifications are allowed while muting everything else.

Do not disturb mode is great for those times when you don’t want to be constantly distracted by notifications on your phone. For example, you can use Do not disturb mode while you sleep so that you are not woken up by unnecessary notifications. Or it’s also useful if you’re going to an important meeting, taking an exam, or trying to focus on a big school or work assignment.

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Using Do Not Disturb mode on Android

Do not disturb mode looks slightly different in older versions of Android before 9.0 pie. Devices running Android 6.0 and above have a Do Not Disturb mode available; it may look slightly different or have different functions than this current version. For reference, my phone (used in these sample images) is currently running Android 10.

The easiest way to turn on Do Not Disturb is to simply swipe down on the phone screen to see the quick access control center. If you don’t see it in the first six options, swipe down again to expand the menu. If you still don’t see it, it might be on your second menu options page, like mine. The Do Not Disturb button looks like a circle with a horizontal line in the center.

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You can also access Do Not Disturb mode directly from your Android phone’s settings. From you Settings menu, tap notifications, than Do not disturb.

If you haven’t configured your do not disturb mode settings, you may want to do so before turning it on. Let’s take a look at all the different ways you can customize Do Not Disturb mode.

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What can you do with Do Not Disturb mode?

There are tons of useful ways you can incorporate Do Not Disturb mode into your everyday life. With all the features below, you can customize exactly how you want Do Not Disturb mode to work for your Android device.

The easiest way to access the settings for Do Not Disturb mode is to touch the Do Not Disturb icon in your quick access control center (pictured above).

Do not disturb schedule to turn on and off automatically

You can create specific schedules for Do Not Disturb mode. As you can see in the image below, there is already a sleep schedule programmed in Do Not Disturb mode. This is one of the most popular uses of the schedule function in Do Not Disturb mode. But it is by no means the only way you can use schemas.

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You can create a custom schedule to enable Do Not Disturb mode two hours after each school day, so you can do your homework uninterrupted. Or, you can leave it on for an hour every workday if you don’t want notifications coming in while you’re at work during your lunch break.

There are so many different ways you can use the automatic schedule for Do Not Disturb mode to your advantage. If you don’t have to remember to turn it off and then on again, you’re much more likely to use the feature on your phone.

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Set a specific duration for Do Not Disturb mode

While schedules themselves prove to be useful in Do Not Disturb mode, so is the duration. If you’re attending a one-time meeting, you’re probably not going to plan for it. Or, if you’re going to a movie theater and you don’t want your phone to light up with notifications, you probably don’t have a schedule for this one event. For times like these, it’s helpful to use the Duration feature in the Do Not Disturb settings.

You can set Do not disturb mode to stay on until you turn it off for a specified amount of time, or you can ask your phone for the duration each time you turn on Do not disturb.

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Choose which notifications to hide or show

Here you can choose which notifications you want to see while your phone is in this mode. Of course, you cannot mute critical notifications about your phone’s system. But there are still many ways to customize how notifications are displayed while in Do Not Disturb mode.

You can check out all the details below, but the one I think is worth mentioning is ‘No LED Indicator’. This LED indicator is what shows blue when you receive texts, yellow when you get snaps on Snapchat, etc. It’s cool that Do Not Disturb mode can turn this off specifically too. Then you get even less distracted because you don’t see any lights that warn you about activity.

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Allow certain exceptions to the rules of Do Not Disturb mode

This is the coolest feature of Do Not Disturb mode. You can create custom exceptions to the rules you set in Do Not Disturb. If there is someone whose calls or texts you never want to miss, you can allow calls from them on this screen. If you tap “Calls from” you will be given the option to allow calls from anyone, only your contacts or only your favorite contacts. If you tap “Messages from” you will get the same options. So you never miss a call from an important person, such as your child, partner or parent.

Or you can also allow repeat callers. A repeat caller is someone who calls multiple times from the same phone number within 15 minutes. So if it’s an emergency and someone really needs to contact you then they can do that.

And if you have certain calendar events, reminders, or alarms that you don’t want to turn off when using Do Not Disturb mode, you can make those exceptions here too.

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