How to Use Samsung's Do Not Disturb Mode

Take a break from texts, calls, and notifications on your Galaxy phone

Do not disturb signs are great for maintaining study focus

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Android’s Do Not Disturb feature is a convenient way to snooze all or most of your notifications. Whether you need a break to get some work done, need to get away from the screen, or go to sleep, Do Not Disturb can keep you focused.

Samsung Do Not Disturb mode on Galaxy phones works a bit differently from stock Android. The feature is easy to enable and disable, and it has a few settings you can personalize. Here’s how to use Do Not Disturb on Samsung.

These instructions apply to Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, and 7.0 Nougat.

How to Enable and Disable Samsung’s Do Not Disturb

As with stock Android smartphones, Samsung’s Do Not Disturb feature is easily accessible through Settings and Quick Settings.

  1. Swipe down twice from the top of your screen to get to Quick Settings. (Swiping down once shows any notifications you may have.)

    You may need to swipe left to get to the second screen. 

  2. Tap the Do not disturb icon to turn it on.

  3. Long press Do not disturb to get to its settings.

    Samsung's Quick Settings panel.

Alternate Way to Access Do Not Disturb

  1. Alternatively, go to Settings > Notifications > Do not disturb.

  2. Tap Turn on now to toggle it on. Tap again to turn it off.

    Samsung's Notification settings.
  3. In Quick Settings, tap the Do not disturb icon to switch it off.

Samsung’s Do Not Disturb Settings

The settings for do not disturb on Samsung Galaxy smartphones are slightly different from stock Android, but mostly accomplish the same things.

On the do not disturb settings page there are four options: Turn on now, Turn on as scheduled, Allow exceptions, and Hide notifications (custom). Turn on now is a toggle switch where you can enable or disable do not disturb.

  • Turn on as scheduled: With this, you can set the hours and days of the week when you’d like it to turn on and off automatically.
  • Allow exceptions: You can choose which sounds and notifications you want to let through even in DND mode.
  • Hide notifications: You can Hide all notifications with the flip of a switch or tweak several granular settings. 

How to Manage Do Not Disturb Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications > Do not disturb.

  2. Tap Turn on as scheduled.

  3. Toggle the switch on.

  4. Select the days and times you wish to turn Do not disturb on and off.

    Samsung's do not disturb settings.

    Some apps have requested access to the Do not disturb setting upon installation, which overrides your schedule preferences. In that case, an app might trigger DND based on your activity, like if it detects you’re driving. If you don't want an app to make changes to Do not Disturb, go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Do not Disturb > App rules to manage the app rules.

  5. Go back to Do not disturb, then tap Allow exceptions.

  6. Select what you’d like to allow through while on do not disturb, including sounds, calls, messages, events, tasks, and reminders.

    Samsung's do not disturb exception options.

    You can allow sounds, including Alarms, Media, and Touch sounds. For calls and messages, you can let through communications from All, Contacts only, Favorite Contacts only, or None. You can also allow repeat callers through.

  7. Go back to Do not disturb, then tap Hide notifications.

  8. Choose which notifications you’d like to hide while in Do not disturb mode.

    Samsung's do not disturb notification options.

You can set the behavior for when your screen is off by hiding full-screen notifications and turning off the LED indicator. When your screen is on, you can choose to hide app icon badges from notifications, hide status bar icons, hide the notification list, and block pop up notifications.