Use Do Not Disturb in Android Pie

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Android's Do Not Disturb mode is an ideal solution for muting the chaotic noise of notifications, messages, and calls. Previously known as Priority mode (Android Lollipop and older), Do Not Disturb mode is another feature that updated with the release of Android Pie. Although overall functionality is relatively the same as Oreo, Do Not Disturb is now easier to navigate and set up.

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In this VisiHow guide, we illustrate how to use Do Not Disturb mode in Android Pie.

**Please Note** As of writing this, the Shush option in Do Not Disturb is not enabled. This guide will be updated when this feature is fully enabled.

Enable Do Not Disturb on Android Pie

There are a couple of ways to turn on Do Not Disturb mode. The first is directly from the notification panel.

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    Swipe down from the upper edge of your screen.
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    With the Notifications panel open, tap the Do Not Disturb icon to enable it. When the icon is gray, the option is disabled.
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    The second method is from the Do Not Disturb screen itself. Go to Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb, then tap Turn on now.
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Do Not Disturb Behavior Settings

When Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, you can chose to see, hear, and feel alarms, vibrations, and notifications.

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    On the home screen, swipe up to open your app tray.
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    From your app tray, tap Settings.
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    On the Settings screen, tap Sound.
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    From Sound, tap Do Not Disturb.
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    Tap Sound & vibration, then enable/disable any of the three available options; Alarms, Media, and Touch sounds.
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    Go back to Do Not Disturb, then tap Notifications.
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    On Notifications, You can select; No sound from notifications, No visuals or sound from notifications, or Custom. Tap the gear to choose custom restrictions. On Custom restrictions, there are two sections:
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When the screen is off:

  • Don't turn on screen
  • Don't blink light
  • Don't wake for notifications

When the screen is on:

  • Hide notification dots
  • Hide status bar icons
  • Don't pop notifications on screen
  • Hide from notification list


Do Not Disturb Exceptions

Android Pie gives you the option to use exceptions when in Do Not Disturb mode.

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    Go to Settings > Sound, then tap Do Not Disturb.
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    From Do Not Disturb, tap Calls.
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    On the Calls screen, tap Allow calls, then select; From anyone, From contacts only, From starred contacts only, or None. Enabling Allow repeat callers will permit a call to come through if it's made by the same person within 15 minutes.
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    Back on Do Not Disturb, tap Messages, events, & reminders.
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    From Messages, events, & reminders, tap Allow messages, then choose; From anyone, From contacts only, From starred contacts only, or None.
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    On the Messages, events, & reminders screen you can also; view/add starred contacts, and enable allow reminders/events.
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  • Do Not Disturb Schedule Options

    You can make use of schedules when Do Not Disturb is enabled, as well as create automatic rules.

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      Go to Settings > Sound, then tap Do Not Disturb.
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      On Do Not Disturb, tap Duration, then select; Until you turn off, For a time (in hours), or Ask every time.
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      From Do Not Disturb, tap Turn on Automatically.
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      On the Automatic rules screen, tap Sleeping. Toggle the switch next to the rule name to turn it on. To rename the rule tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner. You can also change the Days, Start/End time, and enable Alarm clock can override end time.
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      From the Automatic rules screen, tap Events. Enable the rule by toggling the switch, and change the event name by tapping the pencil icon. You can apply the rule to any events logged in your calendar, as well as events where your reply is either Yes or Maybe.
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      On Automatic rules tap + Add rule, then choose either Event or time.
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