Friday, March 27, 2015

Is Your Android Smartphone Constantly Interrupting You? Learn How To Engage Do Not Disturb.

Smartphones are handy, but they can also become obnoxious with all of the notifications and constant interruptions. Apple improved this quite a bit with their introduction of the Do Not Disturb feature for the Iphone & IPad. Unfortunately, it has not been as easy on the Android Platform. In fact, prior to Android 5.0 (Lollipop), it was challenging to figure out how to completely silence your Android Smartphone. Since, most users are still on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), we will look at that version first.

To silence your Android Smartphone version 4.x:

  1. Experienced users may find this simple, but it is not obvious. Just press and hold the volume-down button until the vibrate icon appears (vibrate mode), then press it one more time.
  2. The Silent icon will appear in the notification area, and your phone will be totally quiet until you hold the volume-up button.

Android 5.x is much more flexible with it's Do Not Disturb mode:

  1. Launch the Settings app then select Sounds & Notification from the list of options. Just below the sliders for various volume levels you will see Interruptions, tap on it.
  2. You can choose specific types of notifications and alerts, while others remained silenced when your device is in Priority mode. Interruptions can use your favorite contacts to determine who can get through to you.
  3. At the bottom of the Interruptions setting screen you can schedule a Do Not Disturb time - perhaps when you are sleeping. This is where you schedule your phone to go into Priority mode automatically.
  4. Similar to Android 4.x, you can change modes by pressing either the volume up or down button on your device. Just below the volume slider you will find three options: None - nothing alerts, Priority and All - everything comes through.