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Silence your device with "Do not disturb"

You can limit interruptions with "Do not disturb" mode. This mode mutes your device so that it doesn't make sounds or vibrate when you don't want it to. You can also block visual disturbances.

For example, you can use "Do not disturb" to:

  • Automatically limit sounds at night or during events
  • Mute interruptions other than alarms, so you wake up on time
  • Get alerted to calls and messages only from favorite contacts

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

3 quick ways to limit sounds & vibrations

You can mute your phone completely, or let through the important stuff, like alarms or important calls.

Option 1: Total silence

To completely mute your phone so that it doesn't make a sound or vibrate, choose "Total silence."

Important: You won't hear your alarm in "Total silence" mode.

  1. In Quick Settings, tap Do not disturb.
  2. Tap Total silence.
  3. Choose whether you want this setting to last for a certain period or until you turn it off.
  4. Tap Done. When "Total silence" is on, you'll see Total silence Total silence.

To turn off "Total silence," open Quick Settings and tap Total silence.

What happens in "Total silence" mode

  • Your alarms won't make noise.
  • Your device won't vibrate or make sounds when you get a call, message, or notification.
  • Sounds from music, videos, games, and other media are muted.
  • 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 alarm, choose "Alarms only." This option won't mute sounds from music, videos, games, or other media.

  1. In Quick Settings, tap Do not disturb.
  2. Tap Alarms only.
  3. Choose whether you want this setting to last for a certain period or until you turn it off.
  4. Tap Done. When "Alarms only" is on, you'll see Alarms only Alarms or Priority only.

To turn off "Alarms only," open Quick Settings and tap Alarms only.

Tip: To quickly turn on "Alarms only"

With your screen on, press & hold the Volume down button until the volume is all the way down. Then, press Volume down again to turn on "Alarms only."

If you're listening to music or other media, use the Quick Settings steps above instead.

Option 3: Priority notifications only

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

Step 1: Choose which notifications are a priority

Before you turn on "Priority only" mode, you can set your notification priorities:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Sound and then Do not disturb and then Priority only allows.
  3. Set your priorities. Notifications options vary by device and version of Android.
    • Alarms: Always on for "Priority only."
    • Reminders and Events: Switch on or off.
    • Messages and Calls: Choose from anyone, starred contacts, any of your contacts, or none. To star contacts, use the Contacts app.
    • Repeat callers: Choose whether to let your phone ring if the same person calls again within 15 minutes.

Step 2: Turn on "Priority only" mode

After setting your notification priorities, you can turn on "Priority only" mode whenever you want to limit interruptions. Your priority notifications will make a sound or vibrate based on your current ringer volume, but other notifications will be silenced.

  1. In Quick Settings, tap Do not disturb.
  2. Tap Priority only.
  3. Choose whether you want this setting to last for a certain period or until you turn it off.
  4. Tap Done. When "Priority only" is on, you'll see Priority only Alarms or Priority only.

To turn off "Priority only," open Quick Settings and tap Priority only.

Automatically block sounds, vibrations & visual disturbances

Silence sounds during certain times

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

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Sound and then Do not disturb and then Automatic rules.
  3. Tap a default rule like Weekend or Weeknight. Or, to make your own rule, tap Add rule and then Time rule.
  4. Edit your rule:
    • Rule name: Name your rule.
    • Days, Start time, and End time: Set your rule's schedule.
    • Do not disturb: Choose whether your rule uses "Alarms only," "Priority only," or "Total silence."
    • Alarm can override end time: Choose whether alarms will sound if scheduled during your rule.
  5. Make sure your rule is on. At the top, check the On/Off switch.
Silence sounds during events and meetings

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

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Sound and then Do not disturb and then Automatic rules.
  3. To edit the default rule, tap Event. Or, to create your own rule, tap Add rule and then Event rule.
  4. Edit the rule settings.
    • During events for: If you have multiple accounts with Google Calendar events, you can choose which account your rule uses.
    • Where reply is: Your rule always applies to events to which you've said "Yes." You can also turn it on for events where you said "Maybe" or haven't yet replied.
    • Do not disturb: Choose whether your rule uses "Alarms only," "Priority only," or "Total silence."
  5. Make sure your rule is on. At the top, check the On/Off switch.
Block visual disturbances

To prevent notifications silenced by "Do not disturb" mode from visually interrupting you by "peeking" onto your screen:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Device," tap Sound and then Do not disturb and then Block visual disturbances.
  3. Tap an option to switch it on or off:
    • Block when screen is on
    • Block when screen is off

Turn sounds back on

When your phone is in "Do not disturb" mode, you'll see Alarms or Priority only Alarms or Priority only or Total silence Total silence.

Turn off "Do not disturb"

To turn off "Do not disturb," either:

  • In Quick Settings, tap Alarms only, Priority only, or Total silence.
  • Press the Volume down button and tap End Now.
Override "Do not disturb" for specific apps

To let through notifications from specific apps:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings and then Notifications.
  2. Tap an app.
  3. Tap Override Do Not Disturb.

Note: For Android 6.0, instead tap Sound & notification and then App notifications and then the desired app and then Treat as Priority. This lets notifications through "Priority only" mode (but not "Total silence" or "Alarms only").

Don't see "Do not disturb," "Alarms only," or "Total silence"?

"Do not disturb" is available only with Android 6.0 and up. See which version of Android you have.

If your device has Android 5.0-5.1, you can silence your device differently:

Silence a device running Android 5.0

You can silence your phone completely, or let through the important stuff, like alarms or important calls.

Make sure your alarms will sound: If you set your notifications to "None" or "Don't interrupt," your alarms won't make a sound. If you need to use an alarm, make sure to allow "All" or "Priority interruptions."

Silence sounds and vibrations

  1. Press & hold the Volume up or Volume down button on your device until a menu appears. If you're listening to music, tap Ring volume Ring volume.
  2. You have 2 ways to silence your device:
    • To only allow priority interruptions like alarms, tap Priority Star. You can set your notification priorities (see below).
    • To turn off interruptions, tap None No interruptions.
      Important: Your alarms won't make sounds when your device is silenced this way.
  3. Choose how long you want the silence to last:
    • To block interruptions until you manually turn them back on, tap Indefinitely.
    • To block interruptions for one hour, tap For one hour. To subtract or add time, tap Remove Remove or Add Add.

Turn sounds back on

When your device is silenced, you see Priority Star or None No interruptions. To get your device out of silent mode:

  1. Press & hold your device's Volume up or Volume down button until a menu appears at the top. If you're listening to music, tap the Ring volume Ring volume.
  2. Tap All All interruptions.

Set your notification priorities

You can choose which types of notifications are priority. Then, when you limit notifications to priority interruptions, other notifications will be silenced.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Sound & notification and then Interruptions.
  3. Choose which types of notifications are priority.

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