How do I use the Do not Disturb feature?

There's nothing worse than being woken up before your morning alarm only to look at your phone and see an alert from an app you hardly use. The do not disturb feature gives you control over when and how you want to be updated with incoming alerts and notifications making sure that you can get some screen off time when you need it the most.

 

With do not disturb you have the option of customising which notifications, alerts, or calls you are happy to have disturb you and which you aren't. You can also programme it to turn on and off automatically at scheduled intervals.

Turn do not disturb on and offClick to Expand

Do not disturb can be quickly turned on and off through your quick settings.

1 Pull down from two points at the top of the screen, to access your quick settings
Pull down from two places at the top of the screen to open your quick settings
2 Swipe left, to see more quick settings
Swipe left, to view more quick settings
3 Tap Do not disturb to turn the feature on and off. It will turn blue when active
Tap do not disturb to turn it on or off

You can also turn Do not disturb on and off through your settings.

1 Swipe up on your home screen, to access your apps
Swipe up on your home screen
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Notifications
Tap notifications
4 Tap the switch next to Do not disturb to turn it on
Tap the switch to turn it on or off
Scheduling Do not disturbClick to Expand

If you frequently use Do not disturb at the same time of day, you can schedule the feature to turn itself on and off automatically. For example you could set Do not disturb to come on before you go to bed and turn off when you wake up.

1 Swipe up on the home screen, to access your apps
Swipe up
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Notifications
Tap Notifications
4 Tap Do not disturb
Tap Do not disturb
5 Tap Turn on as scheduled
Tap Turn on as scheduled
6 Tap the switch to turn it on
Tap the switch to turn it on
7 Tap the Days that you want to schedule Do not disturb to activate on. The days will have a circle around them when selected
Tap the days that you would like to schedule do not disturb
8 Tap Set schedule
Tap Set schedule
9 Adjust the time to set when Do not disturb will turn on
Adjust the time that you want do not disturb to activate
10 Tap END
Tap End
11 Adjust the time to set when Do not disturb will turn off
Set the time that you would like do not disturb to turn off
12 Tap Done to confirm your changes
Tap Done to confirm your changes
Creating exceptions to Do not disturbClick to Expand

While it's great to be able to turn of your notifications and get a break from the screen, there may be some notifications that you wouldn't want to miss. If you'd like, you can set some exceptions for the Do not disturb feature so that you never miss anything important.

1 Swipe up on your home screen, to access your apps
Swipe up on your home screen
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Notifications
Tap Notifications
4 Tap Do not disturb
Tap Do not disturb
5 Tap Allow exceptions
Tap Allow exceptions
6 Tap Alarms to allow sound and vibrations from your scheduled alarms
Tap Alarms
7 Tap Media to allow sounds and vibrations from media that you may be watching
Tap Media
8 Tap Touch sounds to allow sound and vibrations from any touches you make on your device
Tap Touch sounds
9 Tap Calls from to allow alerts from calls. You can choose to allow all calls, calls from contacts, calls from your favourite contacts or none
Tap Calls from to allow alerts from calls
10 Tap Messages from to allow alerts from messages. You can choose to allow all messages, messages from contacts, messages from your favourite contacts or none
Tap Messages from to allow alerts from messages
11 Tap Repeat callers to allow calls from the same phone number if they call more than once in 15 minutes
Tap Repeat callers to allow call from the same number if they ring more than once
12 Tap Event/task alerts to allow notifications from calendar events and tasks
Tap Event/task alerts to receive notifications from calendar events and tasks
13 Tap Reminders to allow reminders from supported apps
Tap Reminders to allow reminders from supported apps
Can I change what notifications appear? Click to Expand

While Do not disturb will prevent sound and vibration alerts, you will still recieve visual notifications on your phone. If you would like, you can customise the type of notifications that appear or disable them all. 

1 Swipe up on your home screen, to access your apps
Swipe up on the home screen
2 Tap Settings
Tap Settings
3 Tap Notifications
Tap Notifications
4 Tap Do not disturb
Tap Do not disturb
5 Tap Hide notifications
Tap Hide notifications
6 Tap Hide all to hide all notifications while Do not disturb is active

Please note: critical notifications about phone activity and status will still be shown

Tap Hide all to hide all notifications

You can also choose which notifications will appear based on their type.

7 Tap Hide full screen notifications to prevent notifications from showing when the screen is off
Tap Hide full screen notifications
8 Tap Hide app icon badges to prevent the notification bubbles from appearing on your app icons
Tap Hide app icon badges
9 Tap Hide from notification list to prevent notifications from appearing at the top of the screen. Activating this option will automatically prevent pop up notifications and status bar icons
Tap Hide from notification list
10 Tap Don't pop up notifications to prevent notifications from popping up on the screen

Please note: this option will turn on automatically and become greyed out if the Hide from notification list option has been activated

Tap Don't pop up notifications
11 Tap Hide status bar icons to prevent notifications from appearing in the status bar

Please note: this option will turn on automatically and become greyed out if the Hide from notification list option has been activated

Tap Hide status bar icons

If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.

 

This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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