How to adjust Do Not Disturb settings in Android Oreo

Android Oreo has made a few changes to what you can do with Do Not Disturb mode, and what it looks like. Whether you just want to make sure you don't get hit with notifications while at the movies, or you want to know that certain notifications will always ping for you, there is a good bit going on here.

That's why we've put together how everything works so that you can get back to your busy day without getting lost in the settings of your phone!

How to turn on Do Not Disturb mode

Do Not Disturb mode is how you ensure you aren't hit with notifications when you don't want to be, and opening it is as easy as a tap.

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to pull down the shade.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  3. Tap the toggle to turn DND on.

How to adjust Automatic rules

If you want to use Automatic rules, you'll need to adjust them in order to fine tune when, and how, they work.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb preferences.

  1. Tap the gear icon next to the rule.
  2. Tap the information you want to adjust.

  1. Tap to adjust the information you want to change.
  2. Tap Done.

How to add an Automatic rule

If none of the preset Automatic rules are up your alley, then you can always create a specific one to be used when you need it.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb preferences.

  1. Tap Add More.
  2. Tap Event rule or Time rule.
  3. Type out a name for your rule.

  1. Tap OK.
  2. Tap the toggle to turn your rule on or off.

How to delete an Automatic rule

If you no longer need an automatic rule, then you'll need to delete it.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb preferences.

  1. Tap the trashcan icon.
  2. Tap Delete.

How to adjust Priority only allowances

Priority only allowances show what notifications or noises will get through when you have Do not Disturb mode enabled.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb preferences.

  1. Tap Priority only allows.
  2. Tap a toggle to adjust the settings.


Do you still have questions about using Do Not Disturb settings with Android Oreo? Is there something we should have covered that we missed? Leave us a comment below to let us know about it!

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  • Thanks for the guide. I'm sure this will be instinctive when I get Oreo in 2019.... ..... but do people really rely on DND solely in their lives. I don't personally. It seems a waste of time and effort to set, unless you're a robot running to an exact schedule every day. Silence your phone, put it in airplane mode or turn it off.
    Are you going to forget you have a phone when you don't want it to ring? Anyway, thanks Google. More Settings to find and play with.
  • Great idea. Millions of Android users, one solution, no choice. How about: I don't want to be disturbed by email, texts, or other notifications; but do not disturb can be set to allow phone calls to go through while blocking other noisy things. Toggling DND mode is quick and easy. Why is giving me a choice to cater my device to my needs a problem for you?
  • Dude. You're upset. Go lie down. Read my post again. Second thoughts, just take your pills.
  • He's right bro. DND mode is absolutely an important feature in Android OS. It is indespensible to me. I've set automatic modes for night and they work amazingly well. If I want to set an app or want to take calls to only those people I want to, I can set that too. For me it is useful, some may think this feature is useless but not to me.
  • Same here... DND is configurable to allow 'who' you allow to accept calls or get texts from and what apps can possibly wake you or post notifications during those 'times'. 👍 Can't live without it.
  • What works for you doesn't work for everyone, that is kind of the point of Android.
  • I love my DND. I don't care to hear from anyone besides my sister, husband or son between 9:30pm and 8:30am. Anyone else can wait. I love that the alarm still sounds, but nothing else.
  • Jesus so far my major issue with Oreo seems to be how it completely ignores my DND rules, I am going to set them up again but this is kind of maddening. I have missed multiple calls because my phone has decided to put itself on DND in the middle of the day for no reason.
  • I agree it doesn't shut off when the timer is up, and my wife who is a priority in my contacts her calls dont go through WTF ?
  • Thanks for this rundown. I loved the previous Android DND because I could set it for an hour, or two hours. Then DND would go away. Perfect for a movie. We seem to have LOST that timer capability with Android 8. Am I missing something?
  • I'm wondering about the same... Does anyone know what happened to this?
  • I want it back! That was the ONLY way i used DND and I used it every day and quite often. Now I have my phone in DND almost all the time and I always miss messages.
  • I often used the "one-hour" or "two-hour" DND setting in Android 7 for things like going to church or going to a movie. It was very convenient to not be forced to remember to undo the DND setting after the event was over. It appears we've lost that functionality in Android 8. It's fine to be able to set DND on a daily or weekly schedule, or tie it into "events" that you have programmed on your calendar, but sometimes I go to a different church service and I have never bothered to put a movie on my calendar. I wish they would bring back the ability to set DND for a time period!
  • To set it for a time period, swipe notification shade down, then swipe down again to show the full list of tiles. Under the 'Do Not Disturb' icon, to the right of the label, will be a little down arrow. Tap on the label or arrow (NOT the icon) and toggle the 'Do Not Disturb' button (upper-right) to on, then you'll see the options for setting for a time frame, just like in Nougat.
  • Thanks, tslovejoy1969. Much appreciated. No telling how long it would have taken me to find THAT.
    Well done. Life is good.
  • Thank you!! So it's one more click to get there... Well better that than not to have it I guess.
  • It should be one click. Thanks for making it inconvenient when it was nice how it was.
  • Thanks, I love it. In Android 7 I was safe from annoyances in one tap, without having to remember to turn it back on. Now it "only" takes me two swipes, plus one very hard to aim tap, followed by two more taps. Congratulations Android, you just made my life harder.
  • I agree. It's not just that the extra click is inconvenient. Worst thing is when you don't remember to make the second click and you can miss calls and texts for hours until you realize what happened. Happens to me a lot. I hate this change.
  • Thanks, tslovejoy1969! I was expecting the option to be immediately visible, not hidden!
  • Default quiet time settings work for me on Nexus 5X running Oreo EXCEPT when quiet time ends, I get all the audio notifications at once that have stacked up during the night. At around 6:05 a.m. the phone goes absolutely BERSERK rapidly dinging every single notification that came in since 10 p.m. I know I'll hate this on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Anybody know of a way to stop accumulated audio notifications?
  • I was "invited" this morning to "try" using the "Flip to turn on DND".
    I don't like it niw!
    How do I turn it OFF?
    Can't locate it in any menu. :-(
  • I added "Flip to turn on DND' today when "invited".
    Big mistake! Missed calls when phone turned upside down in bag.
    Can't find a menu to turn OFF this feature.
    Any help, please?
  • You lost me at step 4, that doesn't seem to exist on my android. I somehow managed to turn on "dnd while driving", which I simply cannot do (I'm a driver for work, I NEED those notifications, yes, even when I'm moving!!) and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn it back off so I can actually do my job. yeah, nice option, but making it basically impossible to change? not so much.