With so many apps feeling the need to push notifications to our devices around the clock, Do Not Disturb has never been a welcome feature. But is it included in Android 12? Let’s take a look…
Sure, we might be guilty of feeling the need to join every social app under the sun through FOMO, but that doesn’t have to mean constant interruptions from work or sleep because that’s when grandma’s friend’s dog decided to add us on Facebook.
Every app we download these days seems to feel the need to send notifications at all hours of the night for whatever reasons they see fit.
For example, I downloaded an app that showed where there were free tables in London to watch England play during the Euros. That’s the info 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 often we feel like we’ll need them again, or we still want specific notifications from these apps – but not all of them.
This is when Do Not Disturb can come in handy, where we still get notifications but not the alerts while we’re in meetings or trying to sleep.
If you’re upgrading to an Android 12 smartphone and are concerned about the number of notifications you’re getting, you’ll be interested to know if the operating system has a Do Not Disturb mode available.
Android 12’s Do Not Disturb feature?
Busy people and introverts will be happy to hear that Android 12, the latest version of the Android operating system, does indeed include a Do Not Disturb feature, just like its predecessor and competitors.
Being bombarded with alerts all the time is frustrating, and that’s why the best Android phones include a Do Not Disturb option that turns off your phone when it doesn’t need to distract you.
The fact that Do Not Disturb is more than just an on/off switch makes it useful as you can continue to use your device when you need it. You can also program Do Not Disturb to turn off or turn back on at a specific time depending on the situations you see fit.
When you enable Do Not Disturb mode, your phone will still receive emails, messages and silent notifications, but there will be no alerts to disturb you.
How to turn on Do Not Disturb mode.
The exact method you turn on this handy feature will depend on the exact Android device you have, whether it’s a Samsung, Google Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, or another smartphone.
So for this example we’ll use my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which will be very similar to how the action is done 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 one screen to the right, where you’ll see a circular symbol with a line in the center that looks a bit like a stop sign.
- Tap it once to turn it on with the default Do Not Disturb settings.
The default settings will include silencing all notifications without exception and will continue to do so until you manually turn it off.
How to customize your Do Not Disturb mode.
If you hold down the Do Not Disturb symbol, you’ll see that there are some settings available for this feature where you can set schedules and exceptions.
The preset schedule is called “Sleeping” and is set to turn on between 22:00 and 07:00 every night so you won’t be disturbed during the night. You can also add your own schedules when you are in a regular daily meeting, for example.
Android 12 users can also set exceptions so that certain alerts can go off and certain people can call or send messages. This can be used for example for alarms and emergency contacts.
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 the notification buzz and ping at certain times.
- Return to the Do Not Disturb menu.
- Tap Schedules
- Choose a preset from the list, which includes: sleep mode, event, gaming or driving mode. Or you can create your own
Tap the schedule name to edit these schedules. For example, you can choose to schedule recurring events or change the time you go to bed.
What is Android 12 Focus Mode?
Focus Mode is a brand new digital well-being solution for Android that just came out of beta and supports productivity by momentarily suspending apps so you can focus on the work at hand.
Focus Mode will notify you that the app is suspended if you try to launch any of the distracting apps you’ve selected, whether it’s social media, games, or something else you’ve set.
Until you’re ready to exit focus mode, these apps’ alerts will also be silenced. This means being able to use your phone without being interrupted by unnecessary apps.
How to customize your focus mode
Focus mode can be customized much like Do Not Disturb mode. Allows you to add or remove applications from the whitelist and set the duration until it turns off. Alternatively, it can be set to remain on until manually turned off.
Here’s how to find and customize Android Focus Mode:
- Open your device settings
- Scroll down to “Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls”
- Scroll down to “Focus Mode”
Here you can choose between setting parameters in “Working time” or “Me time”. As you’ve probably guessed, Me Time works the same way, except you’d turn off work-related apps.
Jake is a professional copywriter, journalist and lifelong tech fan. It covers news and user guides for KnowYourMobile.