HTC One M8 Do Not Disturb

This may be the most important feature on any smartphone

Our phones make a lot of noise. They chirp. Beep. Vibrate. Sing. Howl. And if you're the popular type (or, worse, work with folks across many time zones), your phone can be worse than a newborn at 3 a.m. or a dog in a thunderstorm. Fortunately, smartphone manufacturers are finally baking in "Do Not Disturb" functions.

Here's how to use Do Not Disturb in Sense 6 on the HTC One M8.

How to get get to the Do Not Disturb settings

Do Not Disturb

There are two ways to enable DnD and to get to its options. It may be in your quick settings menu. Just pull down from the top of the screen with two fingers. Or pull down with one finger and hit the settings button in the top right. (If it's not in your quick settings menu, you should be able to add it. To get to the settings from here, hit the three dots on the button.

Alternately, you can just go to the main settings section, choose "Sound," and then "Do Not Disturb."

Basic operation for Do Not Disturb

As the name implies, DnD essentially tells your phone to shut the hell up. HTC's implementation of it can be a little confusing, though, so we'll break it down thusly:

The on/off toggle switch

Think of this like you would any other toggle in Sense 6. When it's on, DnD is turned on and your phone won't bother you. That means you can turn it on at any time to silence your phone. Middle of the day during a meeting? Sure thing. Want to take a nap? Have at it. On/off. Get it?

The Do Not Disturb Timer

Do Not Disturb Timer

Let's say you are, in fact, going to have a siesta, but you want to make sure you don't sleep all day. That's where the timer comes in. Turn DnD on manually, then set a time for 30 minutes, or an hour, or as long as 12 hours. Once the timer ticks down, your phone will start making a racket again.

We wouldn't rely on this to wake us up, but it's a nice option to have.

Contacts and exceptions

Do Not DisturbDo Not Disturb Exceptions

Silencing your phone is good and all, but what about if someone really needs to get ahold of you? That's where exceptions come in. You can choose individual contacts — or groups of contacts — whose phone calls will be whitelisted through. If for some reason you want to temporarily go off the grid, you can uncheck the exceptions option while leaving the exceptions list intact.

Alarm and timer

Do Not Disturb sounds

This is important. We've used third-party DnD-type apps that squelch alarms and timers, and that's no good. By default, your new HTC One will let timers and alarms ring through. But you can turn that off if you like.

Do Not Disturb Schedule

Do Not Disturb scheduleDo Not Disturb Schedule

And finally there's the all-important schedule. This is where you — wait for it ... — set schedules for your quiet times. Set start and end times, and which days you'd like to repeat this schedule on. You also can choose whether to whitelist calls from your exceptions list, all call from all contacts, or allow no calls at all.

Canceling Do Not Disturb — and a word of warning

Do Not Disturb

Maybe that nap was good, but you woke up early and it's time to get back at it. It's time to turn off Do Not Disturb. You could use that on/off toggle, sure.

The easiest way to cancel DnD is to just pull down the notification bar and tap to turn off. Another is to hit one of the volume buttons. With either method, you'll get a warning that you'll end DnD for that current schedule.

And that's where the warning comes in: If you manually end a Do Not Disturb schedule, it turns that schedule off. So if you, say, wake up a half-hour early and manually end DnD mode, and it's supposed to repeat itself the next day, it won't actually restart the schedule and your phone will continue to make noise until you manually reset the schedule. Not the end of the world, but it's different than the "I'm not sleeping" cancellation we'd grown used to on Motorola's implementation.

The bottom line

And that's that. If you get a lot of notifications on your phone, a good DnD mode is much better than having to remember to silence the volume. And HTC's done a pretty good job with its implementation here. Our only real eyebrow-raiser is having to turn a schedule back on if we manually end DnD mode. In the meantime, we've just learned to let DnD run its course.

It's worth noting that DND isn't new to Sense 6, so much of what you read here may be applicable to the previous generation of HTC smartphones, though do note that features may differ.

See our HTC One M8 help page for more tips, hints and how-tos.

There are 35 comments

NoNexus says:

I could have said it easier:

Don't buy one and it won't disturb you. Some good in the phone, more bad. No wonder the lost a crap ton of money

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Then you would have said it less helpfully. But thanks for playing.

NoNexus says:

Preventing user frustration is always useful :-)

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

TheDu9du says:

I have a different way of preventing user frustration for this kind of settings.
It's patent pending, and i call it: "I have no friends"

NoNexus says:

What ever works for you

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

iknownothing says:

Actually, he wouldn't have said it at all. He would have said something different, something untrue, something stupid.

jimbo says:

Double dose of crap in your post, NoNsense. Typical

NoNexus says:

Just for you dumbo

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

engineerga says:

This appears to be a rebrand of the LG "Quiet Mode" to me. I love Quiet Mode on my LG G2 and have it set to come on at 10pm daily and turn off again at 6am, so I can sleep as long as the new baby lets me. LOL

I can cancel it, and it won't cancel the entire schedule, though.

LG's Quiet Mode also lets you specify that *any* number can ring your phone if it calls more than once in an 3-minute time period. You can turn that on or off, but I have it turned on in case a family member is in trouble and doesn't have his/her cell - they know to call me at least twice to get it to ring.

Overall, this appears to be a subset of LG's options. Still, it's good to see this is making it into the new phones. It's way better than silencing your phone or turning it off and missing everything until you remember to turn it back on.

NoNexus says:

Like blocking mode that LG copied from Samsung?

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

MantasM says:

FYI the Do Not Disturb function on HTC Sense appeared earlier than the G2 came out.

tmismar says:

I have the same functions on my Nexus 5, I use HD widgets and Agent, they work perfect.

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Divegeek says:

I've been using llama to control volumes for about a year now with pretty good success.

Born To Kill says:

*cough* Tasker *cough*

When you really run shit, you don't have to talk about it....

I'm not gonna teach my mom to use tasker. And she shouldn't have to learn to use it.

TheDu9du says:

She did gave birth to you Phil. Maybe you owe her tasker.

sohailgagai says:

I really miss this feature as it was on my iPhone !!! And also miss lock screen but very poor app

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vicw926a4 says:

Except for that odd behavior when manually cancelling a schedule, it looks good to have it baked into the phone.

In the meantime, I'm getting good performance for similar functionality using the Audio Control app on my Galaxy Nexus.

Yeah. I've basically learned just not to touch it.

vicw926a4 says:

The good news is that it's something that could be improved by HTC.

pistos says:

I think this feature must have been introduced with Sense 5.5, because my M7 One has it too.

MarkSeven says:

Is this feature in the Nexus 5 anywhere??

There's an app called silent time on the play store, it's almost identical to LG's quiet time

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TheDu9du says:

The only thing that comes close already pre-installed in the Nexus 5 is the Power off button, or the Airplane mode.

Hope that helps.. or hear out @betty_boop245

tmismar says:

Read my comment above:
"I have the same functions on my Nexus 5, I use HD widgets and Agent, they work perfect."

IamMoyMoy says:

Wondering if the alarm feature will still work in this mode?

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Wait... What?

TheDu9du says:

Maybe i should ask this somewhere else and perhaps i'm totally wrong in my questioning, but i'm feeling daring this morning:
Is the Font in Sense 6 the same as the latest from Google's Roboto?

Hopefully that's an option along with several others.

My M7 with Sense 5.5 doesn't have the schedule feature. Bummer, that's the main function here...

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velvetelvis says:

In the same boat as you. I use "silent time". Works perfectly.

yodatom10 says:

I still prefer using tasker but this is great for the adverage user

thehighyeast says:

I'm a stock android user, but for years I have used the excellent 'Dindy' app to stop interruptions. The killer feature for me is that when a caller rings first time it will auto respond with a customizable SMS informing them that you are unavailable, but that if it is urgent to call again, as on the second call your phone will ring. I work shifts and find it indispensable.

barondebxl says:

I just turn off my phone when I sleep, easy. And it saves battery.

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jlczl says:

But if a close friend or family member has an emergency how do they reach you?

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