Limit interruptions with Do Not Disturb on Pixel phone

You can silence your Pixel 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.

Note: 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

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
  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
  3. Under "Behavior," choose what to block or allow.
    • Sound & vibration: Block or allow alarms, media, or touch sounds.
    • Notifications: Have no sounds from notifications, or no sounds and no visuals. Or pick custom options.
      Note: If you pick "Custom," you can customize what shows while your screen is on (like notification dots and status bar icons), and what happens while your screen is off (like blink light and wake for notifications).

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

Set exceptions to allow
  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
  3. Under "Exceptions," choose what to allow.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Tip: Your "starred contacts" show at the top of your Contacts app Contacts app. Learn how add contacts to your favorites.

Set how long Do Not Disturb lasts
  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Duration.
  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

During events & meetings

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

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn on automatically.
  3. Tap Event. Or, 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 more than one account 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 Delete.

Before sleep ("Wind Down")

To automatically turn on Do Not Disturb as you get ready to stop using your phone for a while, like when you sleep, you can use Wind Down.

Learn about Digital Wellbeing.

While driving (Pixel 2 & 3)
  • Pixel 3: You can have Do Not Disturb or Android Auto turn on when you're driving.
  • Pixel 2: You can have Do Not Disturb turn on when you're driving.

Learn about driving mode.

At certain times

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

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

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