Limit interruptions with Do Not Disturb on Pixel phone

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.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Quickly turn interruptions off or back on

Here are some ways to silence your phone:

Change your interruption settings

Set what to block
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb.
  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
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb.
  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

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

Set how long Do Not Disturb lasts
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb And then Duration for Quick Settings.
  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.
Choose settings for hidden notifications
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration and then Do Not Disturb.
  3. Tap Display options for hidden notifications.
  4. Choose what to block or allow: 
    • Sound from notifications: If you block this setting, you’ll get notifications but won’t get any sound.
    • Visuals or sound from notifications: If you block this setting, you won’t have any sound or visuals;
    • Custom: You can customize what shows while your screen is on (like notification dots), and what happens while your screen is off (like the blink light).

Stop interruptions automatically

During events & meetings on your Google Calendar
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Sound & vibration And then Do Not Disturb And then Schedules.
  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.

While driving
  • Pixel 3 & later: You can have Do Not Disturb or Android Auto turned on when you're driving. Learn about driving mode.
  • Pixel 2: You can have Do Not Disturb turned on when you're driving.

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