How to Use Alexa's Do Not Disturb Mode

Easily schedule time with no alerts or calls

Tired of hearing Alexa tell you about various things? You can activate the Alexa Do Not Disturb mode to keep her from giving you alerts during designated timeframes. The mode lets you block:

  • All incoming notifications
  • All announcements
  • All incoming calls

The mode doesn't block prescheduled alarms and timers; you'll need to turn those off separately if you don't want them to interrupt you.

The Do Not Disturb function is designed to work on any Alexa-enabled device. However, you cannot set the mode to work simultaneously across all devices on your account; you must activate it individually in each device's settings to achieve that goal.

Turn on Alexa's Do Not Disturb Mode for a Single Instance

You can set up a single instance of Do Not Disturb using the Alexa app or by directly speaking to Alexa.

To turn on the mode using your voice, give the command, "Alexa, turn on Do Not Disturb." She will respond with "I won't disturb you" so you will know she heard you.

To turn on the mode using the app instead, open the Alexa app and follow these steps:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu in the top left of the screen.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Device Settings.

    Screenshots showing the location of the Device Settings option on the Alexa App.
  4. Find and tap the device you want to set the mode on.

  5. Scroll down and tap Do Not Disturb.

  6. On the Do Not Disturb screen, move the slider button to On.

    Screenshots showing how to turn on Do Not Disturb on the Alexa app.
  7. Do Not Disturb is now set on your selected device. Follow these same steps and simply slide the Scheduled slider button to the Off position to turn off the mode.

How to Schedule Alexa's Do Not Disturb Mode

If you need Alexa to stay quiet at the same time on a regular basis, you can schedule Do Not Disturb mode using the Alexa app.

Do Not Disturb schedules must be set for daily occurrences. You cannot customize them to work, for example, only on weekdays. It's every day or none at all.

To set up a scheduled Do Not Disturb time, open the Alexa app and follow these steps:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu in the top left of the screen.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Device Settings.

  4. Find and tap the device you want to set the mode on.

  5. Scroll down and tap Do Not Disturb.

  6. On the Do Not Disturb screen, next to Scheduled, move the slider button to the On position.

    Do Not Disturb scheduling options
  7. Next to Start, tap the time. Use the clock provided to select the hour and minute you want Do Not Disturb to begin. Don't forget to select AM or PM. Tap OK.

  8. Next to End, tap the time. Use the clock provided to select the hour and minute you want Do Not Disturb to end. Don't forget to select AM or PM. Tap OK.

Alexa will not disturb you during scheduled hours except for preset alarms and timers. You can still play music or listen to other audio during scheduled hours.

How to Disable or Turn off Do Not Disturb Mode

Just like turning the mode on, you can turn the mode off either verbally or through the app.

  • Voice command: To verbally turn off the mode after a single instance, just give the command, "Alexa, turn off Do Not Disturb." She will respond with "Do Not Disturb is now off."
  • Alexa app: To turn the mode off using the app, go back to Device Settings. Tap the device in use, tap Do Not Disturb, then move the slider button to the Off position.