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Silence your device with "Do Not Disturb"

You can limit interruptions with "Do Not Disturb." This mode mutes your device, stopping sounds or vibrations when you don't want them. You can also block visual disturbances.

For example, you can use "Do Not Disturb" to:

  • Limit sounds at night, during events, or while driving
  • Mute interruptions other than alarms
  • Get alerted to calls and messages from favorite contacts only
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Quickly turn interruptions off or back on

To turn "Do Not Disturb" on or off at any time, swipe down from the top of your screen. Then:

  • To stop interruptions, tap Do not disturb Do not disturb.
  • To resume interruptions, tap your current option, like Total silence Total silence or Alarms only Alarms or Priority only.

Tip: On a Pixel 2, you can also squeeze your phone to silence incoming calls. Learn how to use Active Edge.

Pick which interruptions to allow

Option 1: Total silence

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

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

  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.

What happens 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 option 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.

Tip: You can also turn on "Alarms only" with the volume button. With your screen on, press and hold the volume down button until the volume is all the way down. Then, press volume down again to turn on "Alarms only." (This method mutes sounds from music, videos, and other media.)

Option 3: Priority notifications only

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

Step 1: Pick which notifications are priority

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences and then Priority only allows.
  3. Set your priorities.
    • Reminders and Events: Turn on or off.
    • Alarms: In "Priority only," alarms always sound.
    • Messages and Calls: Pick from anyone, contacts, starred contacts, or none. Learn how to star contacts.
    • Repeat callers: Choose whether to let your phone ring if the same person calls again within 15 minutes.

Step 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.

Tip: In Android 8.0 and up, you can snooze notifications. Drag the notification slightly left or right and tap Snooze Snooze.

Automatically block interruptions

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 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.
    1. Rule name: Name your rule.
    2. Days, Start time, and End time: Set your rule's schedule.
    3. Do Not Disturb preferences: Pick whether your rule uses "Priority only," "Alarms only," or "Total silence."
    4. Alarm can override end time: Pick whether alarms will sound during your rule.
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

To delete the rule, at the top right, tap Trash Trash.

Block interruptions while driving (Pixel 2 only)

On Pixel 2 phones, you can automatically block all device interruptions (except alarms) while you're driving.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb preferences.
  3. Under "Automatic rules," tap Driving.
  4. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

Your phone starts blocking interruptions within a minute of when:

  • You connect it to a car
  • It thinks it's in a moving car 

Your phone stops blocking interruptions after about:

  • 30 seconds of walking
  • 10 minutes of not moving

To delete the rule, tap Delete. To restore the deleted rule, under "Automatic rules," tap Add more and then Driving.

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 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.
    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.
    4. Do Not Disturb preferences: Pick whether your rule uses "Priority only," "Alarms only," or "Total silence."
  5. At the top, check that your rule is turned on.

To delete the rule, at the top right, tap Trash Trash.

Block visual disturbances

To prevent silenced notifications from visually interrupting you:

  1. Open your device's Settings app 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 ("peeking"), 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

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 let through notifications from certain apps:

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

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