Many people don’t mind the constant stream of notifications on their phones because they are used to it. It’s possible that this isn’t the case if you’re the sort of person who needs to take a break from your mobile device occasionally. For these situations, you can enable the “Do Not Disturb” feature so that you can focus on important tasks without interruption.
All sounds from your mobile device can be temporarily silenced until the feature is turned off when DND is turned on. This includes all the notifications from various apps. In addition, vibrate mode can be temporarily disabled. During this period, your mobile phone can be rendered useless. Once you’re ready to engage with your device again, it will display all the notifications that have been received.
You can change the settings for your phone’s DND feature to affect which apps and phone contacts are affected. To keep DND enabled, you can set a timeframe. Certain menus may be worded differently and may be found in different sections of the phone’s settings. Some settings might be limited or unavailable. Critical alert and system security notifications can’t be blocked by the DND.
To turn on DND, you have to use your phone’s screen twice and tap on the tray. You can add it by hitting the pencil icon and dragging the DND icon to the top section.
The feature can be enabled from the settings app by going to “Sound & Vibration” or a similar menu and tapping “Do Not Disturb.”
On the “Do Not Disturb” settings page, you can pick which interruptions will ignore the setting. Under the “Exceptions” section, you can find the “Allowed Notifications”.
It’s possible to identify specific people and allow their text messages and phone calls to come through, as well as messages that are triggered by reminders and events from your Calendar app, on some Android phones. To identify a custom slate of notifications to allow while DND is engaged, tap “People” and go through the subcategories for conversations, calls, and messages. “Allow Messages/Calls From” is what you’ll see on some phones that don’t have the menus.
Notifications, alarms, and sounds from other forms of media are exempt from the section. You can add apps you want to avoid DND by using the menus. There should be an option to let repeat callers get through DND. Allow this option to allow for contact in emergencies.
When DND mode is activated, you can automate. It’s possible to schedule the mode to switch on during work hours or at night when you’re sleeping, providing custom embargos on notifications for greater productivity or rest. You can add a new one by going to a section called “Schedules” within the “Do Not Disturb” settings page of most phones. You will need to set a start and end time for DND and a Frequency for the schedule to repeat if you want it to work. There’s a menu on some devices that will allow DND to “Turn on automatically”, so you can add a schedule or rule.
“Duration for Quick Settings” is a menu that may be on your phone. You won’t be able to create schedules here, instead you can set how long DND mode lasts. You can either turn it off at a certain time or keep it engaged until you switch it off.
You can mimic the actions of DND mode in certain areas of your phone’s settings. “Digital Wellbeing” is an interesting feature that you can find in “Settings”.
- Set up timers for specific apps to be usable: When you exhaust the set time limit, the app will close and the icon will dim. App timers reset at midnight, but if you want to use it again before the day ends, you can delete the app timer and create a new one.
- Activate “Bedtime mode:” This essentially silences your phone and switches your screen to black and white when the feature is on. You can set a start and end time and select days on which you want the mode to activate automatically.
- Turn on “Focus mode:” In this section, you can pick apps to pause so that you’re not distracted by their notifications. You can either manually turn on the mode or set a schedule.
Digital Wellbeing may not be available on all of the models of the device. It may appear differently in the settings menu, with fewer options. If you don’t know if you have the feature, you can consult your device’s user manual or visit your phone manufacturer’s support page.