With so many apps feeling the need to send notifications to our devices around the clock, Do Not Disturb has never been a more welcome feature. But is it available on Android 12? We’ll take a look…
Sure, it might be our fault that we feel the need to join every social app in the world via FOMO, but that shouldn’t mean constant disruptions to work or sleep, because that’s when -there that the grandmother’s dog decided to add us on Facebook. .
Every app we download these days seems to feel the need to send push notifications at all hours of the night for whatever reasons it suits them.
For example, I downloaded an app that showed where tables were available in London to watch England play during the Euros. This is the information I wanted – not when one of these pubs has a new menu over a year later.
Of course, we can turn off notifications from these apps – or even just delete them – but we often feel like we’ll need them again or that we still want particular notifications from these apps – but not all of them.
This is when Do Not Disturb mode can come in handy, as we still get notifications but not the alerts when we’re in a meeting or trying to sleep.
If you’re upgrading to a smartphone with Android 12 and are concerned about the number of notifications you’re receiving, you’ll want to know whether or not the operating system has Do Not Disturb mode.
Isn’t the Android 12 feature annoying?
Busy people and introverts will be happy to know that Android 12, the latest version of the Android operating system, includes a Do Not Disturb feature, just like its predecessor and competitors.
Being constantly bombarded with alerts is frustrating and for this reason, the best Android phones include a Do Not Disturb option that turns off your phone when you don’t need it to distract you.
The fact that Do Not Disturb is more than just an on/off switch makes it useful because you can continue to use your device when you need to. Additionally, you can schedule Do Not Disturb to turn off or on at a specified time, depending on the situations that suit you.
When you enable Do Not Disturb, your phone will still receive emails, messages, and silent notifications, but no alerts will disturb you.
How to enable “Do Not Disturb” mode
The exact method by which this handy feature is enabled will depend on the exact Android device you own, whether it’s a Samsung, Google Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, or another smartphone.
So for this example we will use my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which will be very similar to how the action is performed on your Android device:
- Pull down the menu from the top of your screen and expand it to where you usually connect to Wi-Fi or turn on Bluetooth.
- Scroll a screen to the right where you will see a circular symbol with a line in the center, which looks a bit like a stop sign.
- Touch it once to simply turn it on with the default Do Not Disturb settings.
The default settings will turn off all notifications, without exception, and will continue to do so until you manually turn them off.
How to Customize Your Do Not Disturb Mode
If you hold down the Do Not Disturb symbol, you will see that some settings are available for this feature, in which you can set schedules and exceptions.
The preset schedule is called “Sleep” and is set to turn on between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. every night so you won’t be disturbed during the night. You can also add your own schedules when you attend a regular daily meeting, for example.
Android 12 users can also set exceptions so that particular alerts can still trigger and certain people can still call or send messages. This can be used for alarms and emergency contacts, for example.
How to Set a Do Not Disturb Schedule
Go to the “Schedules” option in your phone’s Do Not Disturb menu if you want to automatically silence notification buzzes and pings at certain times.
- Return to Do Not Disturb menu
- Tap “Schedules”
- Choose a preset from the list that includes: sleep, event, game or driving mode. Or you can create your own
Tap the program name to edit these programs. For example, you can choose a schedule of repetitive events or change the time you go to bed.
What is Android 12 Focus Mode?
Focus Mode is a brand new digital wellness solution for Android that just came out of beta and helps with productivity by temporarily stopping apps so you can focus on the work at hand.
Focus mode will warn you that the app is stopped if you try to launch one of your chosen distracting apps, whether it’s social media, games, or anything else you’ve set.
Until you’re ready to exit Focus mode, alerts from these apps will also be turned off. This results in the ability to use your phone without interruption from unnecessary apps.
How to Customize Your Focus Mode
Focus mode can be customized in the same way as Do Not Disturb. It lets you add or remove apps from the allowed list and set a duration until it turns off. Alternatively, it can be configured to stay on until manually turned off.
Here’s how to find and customize Android Focus mode:
- Open your device settings
- Scroll down to “Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls”
- Scroll to “Focus Mode”
Here you can choose between setting the settings in “Work Time” or “Me Time”. As you can probably guess, “Me Time” works the same way, except you turn off work-related apps.
Jake is a professional writer, journalist, and lifelong tech fan. It covers KnowYourMobile news and user guides.