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 9.0 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.

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

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 device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
  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

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

Set exceptions to allow
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb.
  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
  1. Open your device'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

At certain times

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

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

While driving (Pixel 2 only)

On Pixel 2 phones, you can automatically turn on Do Not Disturb while you're driving.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn on automatically.
  3. Tap Add rule and then 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 a rule, tap Delete Trash.

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 device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound and then Do Not Disturb and then Turn on automatically.
  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.

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