Use Do not disturb mode on your Galaxy phone

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Studying the night before an exam? A distraction is the last thing you need. Don’t let anything pull your focus with Do not disturb. It mutes all alerts on your phone when you really need some peace and quiet. You can also set Do not disturb to turn on or off automatically at scheduled times. Of course, you can always set certain alerts as exceptions so you don’t miss an important call.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Turn Do not disturb on or off

When you need a break, unplug in a few simple steps. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Swipe to and tap the Do not disturb icon to turn it on or off.

You can also go to Settings, then search for and select Do not disturb. Tap the switch next to Do not disturb to turn it on or off.

The Quick Settings panel with Do not disturb enabled

If you are expecting an important call, or always want your favorite contacts to reach you, check the set up exceptions section. Exceptions can still get your attention with notifications, vibrations, or sound.

Do not disturb schedule

You can also set multiple schedules for Do not disturb to automatically activate, so you can make sure notifications won't interrupt important meetings, or disturb your sleep.

  1. Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. 

  2. Touch and hold the Do not disturb icon to open up its settings menu.

  3. From here, you can add a schedule. Just tap Add scheduleOn some devices, you may have to tap Turn on as scheduled instead, and then tap Add (the plus sign) in the top right corner.

  4. Enter a title and your desired preferences, and then tap Save.

    Do not disturb schedule options
  5. Tap the switch next to your new schedule to turn it on or off.

  6. Repeat the process as many times as needed, so you won't be disturbed during the times you need to focus.

Set up exceptions

When you want to turn on Do not disturb mode to concentrate but are expecting an important call, you can allow exceptions and customize what alerts you receive.

  1. Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen.

  2. Touch and hold the Do not disturb icon to open up its settings.

  3. Swipe to the Exceptions section, and then select from the displayed options.

    • Calls, messages, and conversations:

      Allow calls and messages from any contact, favorite contacts, or anyone to bypass Do not disturb.

      You can also allow repeated calls through.

    • Alarms and sounds:

      Alarms and media sounds are enabled by default, but you can also choose to allow touch sounds, calendar events, and reminders though.

    • Apps:

      You can select specific apps that will be able to notify you when Do not disturb is enabled.

  4. You can also control what notifications are hidden by tapping Hide notifications. Critical notifications about phone activity or status will never be hidden.

    • Hide all:

      All notifications that are not subject to an exception will be hidden.

    • When the screen is off:

      Full screen notifications, like phone calls, can be disabled.

    • When the screen is on:

      You can prevent notifications from appearing as icon badges, in the notification panel, in the status bar, and in pop-ups.

Allow exceptions options for Do not disturb
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