Limit interruptions with Do Not Disturb on Android

You can silence your phone 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.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 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 .

Tip: If you have a Smart Display or speaker with the Google Assistant, you can ask it to silence your phone. Learn how to limit interruptions with Google Assistant.

Change your interruption settings

Set what to block

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb. 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 "What can interrupt Do Not Disturb," choose what to block or allow.
    • People: Block or allow calls, messages, or conversations.
    • Apps: Choose which apps can send you notifications.
    • Alarms & other interruptions: Block or allow alarms, media, touch sounds, reminders, or calendar events.

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

Set who can interrupt you

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb.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 "What can interrupt Do Not Disturb," tap People:
  4. Choose what to allow:
    • Conversations:
      • All conversations
      • Priority conversations. To choose which conversations are priority conversations, tap Settings.
      • None
    • Calls:
      • Anyone, contacts or starred contacts
      • Repeat callers. To let a call through if the same person calls twice in 15 minutes, turn on Allow repeat callers.
    • Messages:
      • Anyone, contacts or starred contacts
      • None
      • Reminders
      • Events
Set how long Do Not Disturb lasts

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb And then Duration for Quick Settings.If you see "Do Not Disturb preferences" instead, you're using an older Android version. See steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. When you turn on Do Not Disturb, choose how long you want it to stay on.
    • Until you turn it off 
    • A certain time, like for 2 hours or for 15 minutes
    • Ask every time
  4. Tap OK.

Stop interruptions automatically

At certain times

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound And then Do Not Disturb And then Turn on automatically. 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. 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 .

During events & meetings on your Google Calendar

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb And then Schedules. 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 schedule that’s already listed. Or, to customize it, next to the schedule, tap Settings.
    • For example, you can customize the days you want Do Not Disturb to turn on while you’re asleep.
  4. To make your own rule, tap Add more.
  5. Tap Event or Time.
  6. Edit your rule's name, when it would turn on, and other options.
  7. At the top, check that your rule is on.
    • To delete a rule, tap Delete .
Before sleep ("Bedtime mode")

To automatically turn on Do Not Disturb when you get ready to stop using your phone for a while, like when you sleep, you can use Bedtime mode. Learn about Digital Wellbeing.

If you're using Android 8.1 & below

Pick which interruptions to allow

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: 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

Important: 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 .

Option 3: Priority notifications only

Important: This won't mute sounds from music, videos, games, or other media.
  1. Pick which notifications are a priority.
    1. Open your phone'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 .
Automatically block interruptions

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: Silence sounds during certain times

  1. Open your phone'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

  1. Open your phone'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

  1. Open your phone'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

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Turn off Do Not Disturb

You can either: 

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

Override Do Not Disturb for certain apps

  1. Open your phone'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. If you don't see "Override Do Not Disturb," tap Additional settings in the app And then Notifications, then turn on Override Do Not Disturb.

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