3 Handy Ways to Use Android's Do Not Disturb Rules

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Android's Do Not Disturb option has been pretty bland so far to say the least. iPhone had been enjoying a good run with its smart DND feature. However, the latest Android Marshmallow has brought some major improvements in the Do Not Disturb option over its predecessors.


Here are the 3 effective ways you can use it on your Android phone.


Part 1: Silence Your Phone At Specific Times During The Day or Week

The Do Not Disturb (DND) application of the new Android firmware automates the enabling and disabling of sounds and notifications. This is made possible using the new feature called Rules. You can create rules to turn your phone silent for a specific duration during the day everyday or particular days of the week.


Do Not Disturb


Let's say you need to attend a client meeting everyday from 12PM to 1PM, Monday through Friday, you will need to remember to turn the phone silent every time before the meeting starts. Humans tend to make mistakes and your phone may beep and interrupt at the crucial juncture in the meeting when you are about to crack a deal with the client. The enhanced DND application takes the manual work out of the equation and lets you automatically silence your phone at the time of your choice.


You will need to create a Time Rule in order to do so. Creating the rules is simple. Here are the steps:


1) Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.

2) Select Sound & Notifications.

3) Tap on Do Not Disturb.

4) Choose Automatic Rules.

5) Tap Add Rule.


Once you are on the Add Rule screen, ensure that you have selected the Time Rule. Here is how you can create a rule:


• Give the rule a name that you can easily remember and identify (say "Client Meeting")

• Tap the Days section to specify the days of the week you want the rule to apply.

• Tap 'Start Time' to specify the time of the day when the rule will take effect (in your case the start time of the meeting).

• Tap 'End Time' to specify the end of rule duration (the time when your meeting ends).

• In the 'Do Not Disturb' section, you can select one of the three DND options mentioned above.


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Part 2: Quiet Your Phone during Events

Time Rule is good when you need to silence your phone at a specific time during the day and specific days during the week. What if you have multiple events spread across weeks or even months? Creating a rule manually for each event could be very tiresome. Thankfully, the new DND application allows you to automatically quite the phone during the selected events.


This is how you can do it:

1. Open the Settings app on your Android phone or tablet.

2. Select Sound & Notifications

3. Tap on Do Not Disturb.

4. Choose Automatic Rules and Tap Add Rule


Make sure you choose Event Rule instead of Time Rule. You will see a screen like below.


Do Not Disturb


Now you can create the Event Rule by following these steps:


-Step 1 : Tap 'Rule Name' to give the rule a name of your choice.

-Step 2 : Tap 'During events for to choose the events from a specific Google calendar or all calendars.

-Step 3 : Choose which events this rule will be applicable to. You can choose to silence your phone for the events you have. said 'Yes', 'Maybe' or the events that are 'Not replied.'

-Step 4 : In the 'Do not disturb' section, pick one of the DND choices as specified above.



Part 3: Prioritize People and Apps

'Priority only is one of the DND options with the new Do Not Disturb application. This lets you prioritize certain contacts or apps so that you get notifications from them even when the phone is in the Do Not Disturb mode.


Prioritize People and Apps


This feature can be used at many instances. For example, let's say you are having a meeting with your subordinates and do not wish to be interrupted by anyone except your boss or wife, you could add their contacts in the priority list. You can add certain apps to the priority list too so that you can receive notifications from them even when the phone is silent..



Android Marshmallow has come with some really cool enhancements and Do Not Disturb is one of them. Unlike the previous versions where DND simply hushed all the sounds indiscriminately, this one offers more improved features. You can quiet your phone at specific hour or during the events. All you need to do is create rules.





Iris Bella is the Founder and Editorial Director at Mobiledic Studio. You can also find her on social network.

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