How To Set Do Not Disturb In Android Marshmallow
With Android Marshmallow, Google finally got Do Not Disturb mode right. You can quickly set your device so that it leaves you completely undisturbed or only pings you with the type of alerts that you specify.
As powerful as Do Not Disturb is in Marshmallow though, the new method brings many different customization options. It’s crucial to learn where all the right switches are so that you don’t miss out on a key phone call just because you wanted a little quiet time.
Here’s how to enable and manage Android’s Do Not Disturb feature.
- Swipe down from the top of your phone screen with two fingers to access Quick Settings. Or swipe once and tap on the gray bar at the top of the screen.
- Tap Do Not Disturb.
- Tap on one of three options: Total silence, Alarms only, and Priority only.
Do Not Disturb Options
So what do those options mean? Here’s a breakdown of what will and won’t get through, depending on how you manage the Do Not Disturb feature.
- Priority Only: When you tap on the Priority Only option, only alarms, reminders, events and contacts that you’ve specified will be able to reach you. We’ll address how you specify those contacts in greater detail in a moment. You can launch Priority only until you turn manually it off, for a specified time period such as 1 hour, or until the next alarm. Select which option you prefer by touching the button next to that line item.
- Alarms Only: If you want to turn off everything other type of alert except for an alarm set with the system’s clock app, then touch this option from the Do Not Disturb screen. This way you won’t miss work the next morning just because you didn’t want any more Facebook alerts and inadvertently silenced the wake-up alarm you set on your phone. As with Priority Only, you can silence everything but alarms until you disable the feature or for a time period you specify. Tap the line that says “For one hour.” Then press the plus and minus buttons to increase or decrease the amount of time. Unfortunately, you can’t edit this slot by minutes.
- Total Silence: This mode does what it says on the label: Total Silence disables all alarms, push notifications, or phone calls (though you can still make outgoing calls) and other interruptions for as long as you want. As with the other options, you can let Total Silence continue for a specified time or until you disable the setting.
Picture courtesy – phonearena.com and phandroid.com
by techtalks @TechTalks March 31, 2016 6:00 AM UTC