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How To Change Do Not Disturb Settings On Your Android Phone
Smartphones and their constant stream of alerts and notifications have become a part of modern life, but occasionally you might need a break from your mobile device. Luckily, Android phones have an easily accessible “Do Not Disturb” feature that will temporarily mute all disturbances while still collecting incoming notifications, which can be modified for your specific needs.
You can instantly turn on DND by swiping down on your phone screen twice and tapping “Do Not Disturb” from the tray, but if it’s not there, you can add it by tapping the pencil icon, then long-pressing and dragging the DND icon to the top section. This feature can also be enabled from the Settings app by going to “Sound & Vibration” or a similarly named menu and tapping “Do Not Disturb.”
From the “Do Not Disturb” settings page, you can pick which interruptions will bypass the setting by going into the “Exceptions” section, then “Allowed Notifications.” Some Android phones can even allow Calendar messages, or you can identify specific people you want alerts from through the “What Can Interrupt Do Not Disturb” menu and going to “People.”
This useful mode can be set on a schedule within the “Do Not Disturb” settings page of most Android phones, which will switch it on during work hours or at night when you’re sleeping. From the settings page, go to a section called “Schedules” and hit “Add” or the (+) icon to set a start and end time for DND to activate, as well as a frequency for the schedule to repeat.
Some Android phones also have a similar decrease-interruptions feature found in the Settings app called “Digital Wellbeing,” which allows you to activate “Bedtime Mode,” “Focus Mode,” and set up timers for specific apps. Like DND, “Bedtime Mode” and “Focus Mode” can be set to schedules and will automatically activate when the time comes.