What to Know

  • Pull down the Quick Settings and tap Do Not Disturb. Long-press Do Not Disturb to go to its settings.
  • Alternatively, go to Settings > Sound and vibration > Do Not Disturb.
  • Tap Schedule > Event to turn on DND during Google Calendar events, or tap Add More > Time.

This article explains how to use Do Not Disturb on Android. The instructions apply to smartphones running Android 13, 12, and 11.

Samsung phones have a do not disturb mode that works a bit differently from stock Android.

How to Turn On Do Not Disturb

You can turn Do Not Disturb on using Quick Settings or by going to the Settings app, where you can also adjust your preferences. The screenshots below are from Android 13. The menu options may look slightly different depending on your version of Android, but the steps are basically the same.

  1. Pull down twice from the top of your phone’s screen to access Quick Settings. (Pulling down once shows your notifications.)

  2. Tap Do Not Disturb to turn it on, or long-press Do Not Disturb to go to its settings.

  3. Tap Turn on now in the Do Not Disturb settings.

    Do Not Disturb Off, Do Not Disturb On, and Turn on Now in Android Quick Settings

  4. Alternatively, go to Settings > Sound and vibration > Do Not Disturb > Turn on now.

    In Quick Settings, tap the Do Not Disturb icon to switch it off.

    Sound and vibration, Do Not Disturb, and Turn on now in Android settings

How to Adjust Do Not Disturb Settings

There are a variety of settings that you can adjust, including when it goes on automatically, exceptions (contacts who can override DND), and notification options settings.

Go to Settings > Sound and vibration > Do Not Disturb. To manage DND settings for calls and messages, tap People. By default, repeat callers are allowed. To change that, tap Calls and turn off Allow repeat callers.

People, Calls, and Allow Repeat Callers toggle highlighted in Android Do Not Disturb Settings

To add app exceptions, tap Apps > Add and choose an app to manage DND settings.

Apps, Add apps, and 1Weather app in Android Do Not Disturb settings

Tap Alarms and Other Interruptions to manage other DND exceptions. Alarms and Media sounds are turned on by default, so you might want to turn them off.

Alarms and Other Interruptions and Alarms toggle highlighted in Android Do Not Disturb Settings

To turn off DND after a set period of time, tap Duration > For 1 hour and tap the plus (+) or minus (-) to adjust the time.

Duration for Quick Settings and Duration options highlighted in Android Do Not Disturb settings

To manage notification settings for DND, tap Display options for hidden notifications. Tap the Settings gear next to Customize for additional options.

Display options for hidden notifications, Settings gear, and Don't turn on screen checkbox in Android Do Not Disturb settings

How to Manage Schedule and DND Settings

Android's Do Not Disturb has a variety of options to manage its schedule. The mode also supports custom rules based on an event or time of day.

  1. Go to Settings > Sound and vibration > Do Not Disturb and tap Schedules.

  2. To turn on DND during events on your Google Calendar, tap Event and turn on Use schedule.

    Schedules, Event, and Use schedule On toggle highlighted in Android Do Not Disturb settings

  3. Tap During events for and choose your Google Calendar or Any Calendar.

    During events for and Any Calendar highlighted in Android Do Not Disturb settings

  4. To automatically schedule DND for a specific time of day, tap Add more under Schedules, then choose Time.

    Add More, Time, and Days in Android Do Not Disturb settings

What Is Do Not Disturb?

Do Not Disturb is an Android feature that enables users to pause all or most notifications during a specified period. Since its introduction, Do Not Disturb has been refined in every Android update. The feature is easy to turn on and off, and it has an array of settings you can adjust to your liking.

Do Not Disturb works differently on older versions of Android, but you can still access it via Settings or Quick Settings.

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb on Android

Source