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February 5, 2019

How to Enable “Do Not Disturb” for Your Device

As more and more of our daily lives are consumed by screens, whether it be at work or at home, it becomes increasingly more difficult to just unplug for a moment. If you’re having trouble reigning in your own screen time, then the “Do Not Disturb” feature on iOS and Android will help keep the blinking and buzzing at bay for you.

Do Not Disturb mode allows you to enjoy some peace and quiet, while queueing up all of your alerts for you for when you’re ready (and awake).

By setting up ground rules with your phone ahead of time, you can ensure it won’t bother you when you’re trying to wind down for the night. Maybe #TechTipTuesday will be your best night of sleep this week!

How to enable Do Not Disturb for iOS devices

To schedule a daily time frame for Do Not Disturb to automatically activate:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app on your device.
  2. Tap the Do Not Disturb feature.
  3. Toggle the Scheduled option on.
  4. Select the From and To times to correspond with the time frame you wish to be undisturbed.

To manually activate Do Not Disturb:

  1. Swipe down from your screen to launch Control Center.
  2. Tap the Do Not Disturb icon (it looks like a crescent moon) to activate.
  3. Tap the icon again to deactivate.

PRO TIP: You can also allow certain contacts to get through your Do Not Disturb settings:

  1. Allow Calls From: Allow calls from everyone, no one, your favorites, or specific contact groups stored on your device or iCloud.
  2. Repeated Calls: If someone calls you twice within three minutes, the second call isn’t silenced.

How to enable Do Not Disturb for Android devices

To schedule a daily time frame for Do Not Disturb to automatically activate:

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu on your device.
    1. You can also long-tap the Do Not Disturb icon in the notification shade to reach the Settings menu for this feature.
  2. Tap the Sound settings.
  3. Tap the Do Not Disturb feature.
  4. Tap the Schedule tab.
  5. Tap the Turn On Automatically section.
  6. Tap the Add Rule feature to create a rule (such as an event or time) for the time frame you wish to be undisturbed, then follow the device’s prompts to configure it more specifically.

To manually activate Do Not Disturb:

  1. Swipe down from your screen to open the notification shade.
  2. Tap the Do Not Disturb icon to activate.
  3. Tap the icon again to deactivate.