Limit interruptions with Do Not Disturb on Android

You can silence your Android device with Do Not Disturb. This mode can mute sound, stop vibration, and block visual disturbances. You can pick what you block and what you allow.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Quickly turn interruptions off or back on

To turn Do Not Disturb on or off, swipe down from the top of your screen. Then tap Do Not Disturb Do Not Disturb.

Change your interruption settings

By default, Do Not Disturb stops most sound and vibration. You can pick how most types of interruptions act, like alarms, notifications, calls, and messages.

Set what to block

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
    Note: If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. Under "Behavior," tap Sound & vibration. Pick whether to block or allow:
    • Alarms
    • Media
    • Touch sounds
  4. Under "Behavior," tap Notifications. Pick:
    • No sound from notifications
    • No visuals or sound from notifications
    • Custom
  5. If you pick "Custom," then pick more settings for visual disturbances.
    1. While your screen is off:
      • Don't turn on screen
      • Don't blink light
      • Don't wake for notifications
    2. While your screen is on:
      • Hide notification dots
      • Hide status bar icons
      • Don't pop notifications on screen
      • Hide from notification list

With any settings, critical notifications show. For example, you can't block system security notifications.

Set exceptions to allow

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
    Note: If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. Under "Exceptions," tap Calls.
    • To allow calls, tap Allow calls. Then pick whose calls get through: anyone, contacts only, or starred contacts only. To stop letting through calls, tap None.
    • To let a call through if the same person calls twice in 15 minutes, turn on Allow repeat callers.
  4. Under "Exceptions," tap Messages, events & reminders.
    • To allow messages, tap Allow messages. Then pick whose messages get through: anyone, contacts only, or starred contacts only. To stop letting through messages, tap None.
    • To allow reminders, turn on Allow reminders.
    • To allow events, turn on Allow events.
Set how long Do Not Disturb lasts

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Duration.
    Note: If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. Pick how long Do Not Disturb will stay on when you turn it on.
    • Until you turn it off 
    • A certain time, like For 2 hours or For 15 minutes
    • Ask every time

Stop interruptions automatically

At certain times

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

To automatically turn on Do Not Disturb at certain times, you can set time rules.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn on automatically.
    Note: If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. Tap a rule, like Weeknight. Or, to make your own rule, tap Add rule and then Time.
  4. Edit your rule's name, status, and alarm override.
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

To delete a rule, tap Delete Trash.

During events & meetings

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

To automatically turn on Do Not Disturb during certain events on your Google Calendar, you can set event rules.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn on automatically.
    Note: If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. To edit the default rule, tap Event. To make your own rule, tap Add rule and then Event.
  4. Edit your rule.
    1. Rule name: Name your rule.
    2. During events for: If you have multiple accounts with Google Calendar events, you can pick one.
    3. Where reply is: Your rule always applies to events where you've said "Yes." You can turn it on for events where you said "Maybe" or haven't yet replied.
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

To delete a rule, tap Delete Trash.

If you're using Android 8.1 & below

Pick which interruptions to allow

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: Total silence

To completely mute your phone so that it doesn't make sounds or vibrate, pick "Total silence."

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen with 2 fingers.
  2. Under Do not disturb Do not disturb or your current option, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Turn on Do not disturb.
  4. Tap Total silence.
  5. Pick how long you want this setting to last.
  6. Tap Done. You'll see Total silence Total silence. In "Total silence:"
    • Your alarms won't make noise.
    • Your device won't vibrate or make sounds when you get a call, message, or notification.
    • You won't hear sounds from music, videos, games, or other media.
    • During a phone call, you'll still be able to hear the other person.

Option 2: Alarms only

To mute your phone so that you'll still hear your alarms, pick "Alarms only." This won't mute sounds from music, videos, games, or other media.

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen with 2 fingers.
  2. Under Do not disturb Do not disturb or your current option, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Turn on Do not disturb.
  4. Tap Alarms only.
  5. Pick how long you want this setting to last.
  6. Tap Done. You'll see Alarms only Alarms or Priority only.

Option 3: Priority notifications only

If you want to be interrupted only by notifications that you find important, pick "Priority only." This won't mute sounds from music, videos, games, or other media.

  1. Pick which notifications are a priority.
    1. Open your device's Settings app.
    2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences and then Priority only allows.
    3. Set your priorities.
  2. Turn on "Priority only."
    1. Swipe down from the top of your screen with 2 fingers.
    2. Under Do not disturb Do not disturb or your current option, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    3. Turn on Do not disturb.
    4. Pick Priority only.
    5. Choose how long you want this setting to last.
    6. Tap Done. You'll see Priority only Alarms or Priority only.
Automatically block interruptions

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: Silence sounds during certain times

To automatically silence your device during certain times, like at night, you can set time rules.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences.
  3. Under "Automatic rules," tap a rule, like Weeknight. Or, to make your own rule, tap Add more and then Time rule.
  4. Edit your rule.
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

Option 2: Silence sounds during events & meetings

To automatically silence your device during events or meetings, you can set event rules.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences.
  3. Under "Automatic rules:"
    • To edit the default rule, tap Event.
    • To make your own rule, tap Add more and then Event rule.
  4. Edit your rule.
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

Option 3: Block visual disturbances

To prevent silenced notifications from visually interrupting you:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences and then Block visual disturbances.
  3. To prevent notifications from:
    • Showing over your screen while you're doing something else, turn on Block when screen is on.
    • Turning on the screen or pulsing the light, turn on Block when screen is off.
Turn interruptions back on

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

Turn off Do Not Disturb

To turn off "Do Not Disturb," either:

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap your current option: Alarms only Alarms or Priority only, Priority only Alarms or Priority only, or Total silence Total silence.
  • Press the volume down button and tap Turn off now.

Override Do Not Disturb for certain apps

To allow notifications from certain apps:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Tap the app. If you don't see it, tap See all apps or App info, and then tap the app.
  4. Tap App notifications.
  5. Turn on Override Do Not Disturb.

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