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How to set up automatic Do Not Disturb rules on an Android phone

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Do Not Disturb (Image credit: Android Central)

Phone notifications can be really distracting when you're in a work meeting or trying to pay attention and take notes in a lecture hall. Not only that, but the flickering light of a notification in the night can disturb your sleep.

When you know there are times that you absolutely don't need your phone buzzing and blinking with notifications, Android gives you the ability to set custom rules for when to automatically turn on (and just as importantly turn off) Do Not Disturb mode. It's all found in your phone settings and is super easy to set up.

How to set up automatic Do Not Disturb rules on an Android phone

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Tap on Sound & vibration.
  3. Tap Do not Disturb.
  4. Tap Schedules.

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  1. You may see some pre-populated options like Sleeping or Event. Tap one of these to customize.
  2. Alternatively, you may tap on the Add more field to create a new DND automation.
  3. Choose what type of schedule you want to set up, Event or Time based.
  4. Enter a name for the schedule, and tap Add.

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  1. Tap on the subsequent fields to customize your schedule by day of the week and start and end times.
  2. Toggle on alarm can override end time if you want to make sure to wake up in time for work but want to leave those pesky notifications until after you've had your morning coffee.
  3. For further customization, tap on Do Not Disturb behavior.
  4. Tap on Create custom settings for this schedule.
  5. Here you can decide whether or not to allow calls, messages, media sounds, reminders, events, or which other notifications you would like to restrict during your DND time.

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With this new rule in place, your phone will automatically turn off notifications during the set times on the selected days. You're able to add as many custom rules as you need, so you'll never be bothered by annoying notifications during study times or while you sleep.

DND Rules are a core Android feature

These do not disturb rules are baked right into Android at a system level so you should be able to find them on any Android phone you're using,as long as you're using a phone running Android 8.1 or above. Earlier versions of Android may show these features differently.

Note also that while the feature is available on all modern Android phones, the exact implementation may differ slightly. For example, the Do Not Disturb settings on my Samsung Galaxy phone were listed in the Settings app under the Notifications field.

Of course, if you're looking to upgrade your phone, we've got a solid recommendation for you to consider.

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

4 Comments
  • Thanks for the tip.
  • BB10 and bb android allowed you to setup multiple dnd rules. I miss that.
  • I have 5 DND rules setup on my Pixel 4 XL; No BlackBerry bloat required. (Android 10)
  • When I figured this out a few phones ago, my life was great. I had a work phone and a home phone, and set the work phone to DND from 7-p to 7a, and the home phone from 9a to 5p. If you wanted to catch me, It made for great work/life balance, as the important people at my company had my home number and could contact me there to get in touch with a client in a real emergency, On the weekends, the work phone was just DND all day, but left on to get messages just in case.
    Now, I just use the one phone, and have it set for DND from 10p to 8a, and like previously, have the custom exceptions set. Works mostly great, except that there are some people I'd like to have favorite'd in my contacts but not let them punch through the DND. (A couple of idiot friends let their phones run down to empty, plug them in, wait until they are 100% before turning it on several hours later, and then call me at 3am because they just got the text I sent at 10. :) )
    Definitely a great feature.