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There’s no reason to let pesky Android notifications get on your last nerve. Set up “Do Not Disturb” mode and automatically mute annoying notifications at times when you don’t need them. Here’s how to do it on your Samsung Galaxy.

“Do Not Disturb” mode is something all Android devices have, but it can feel daunting to set up. The good news is you only need to set it up once. After that, it will simply do all the work for you. Let’s get started.

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How to Customize Do Not Disturb

First, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

Go to Notifications > Do Not Disturb.

Go to Notifications > Do Not Disturb.

We’ll start in the “Exceptions” section. This is where you can decide which people and apps can break through the “Do Not Disturb” mode. Tap “Calls, Messages, and Conversations” to get started.

Tap “Calls” and then choose one of the following options from the list. This is who will be able to ring your phone during DND.

  • Favorite Contacts Only: Anyone who you’ve saved as a favorite contact.
  • Contacts Only: Anyone who is saved in your contacts.
  • All: Anyone who calls your phone.
  • None: All calls will be muted during Do Not Disturb mode.
Note: Favorite Contacts can be set up in the Contacts app on your Galaxy phone.

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Next, toggle the switch on for “Repeat Callers” if you would like any person to be able to get through when they call a second time within 15 minutes. Tap the Back arrow when you’re done.

Next, toggle the switch on for

Now, we’re going to do the same thing for text messaging. Tap “Messages” and you’ll get the same options that were available in the “Calls” section.

Choose one of the options from the list.

The last thing to set up in the People section is “Conversations.” Starting in Android 11, you can highlight specific conversations in messaging apps. In the context of Do Not Disturb mode, maybe you don’t want to be notified if a friend hits you up on Facebook Messenger, but you do want to know if they send you an urgent SMS.

The options in “Conversations” are as follows. You can tap the gear icon next to the options to adjust which conversations are included.

  • All Conversations: Any conversation that you’ve moved to the Conversations section of the notifications.
  • Priority Conversations: Conversations that you’ve marked as “Priority.”
  • None: Ignore conversations.

Choose the conversation options.

Now that we’ve set up Calls and Messages, we can customize which other notifications are allowed during Do Not Disturb mode. Go back to the previous screen and select “Alarms and Sounds.”

Go back to the previous screen and select

You’ll see a list of notification types with toggles next to them. Select the ones that you’d like to see during Do Not Disturb mode.

Select the ones that you'd like to see during Do Not Disturb mode.

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Back on the previous screen, the last section to cover is “Apps.” This shows which apps will be able to alert you during Do Not Disturb mode.

Back on the previous screen, the last section to cover is

Tap “Add Apps” and select any apps from the list that you’d like to have permission to notify you during Do Not Disturb mode.

Tap "Add Apps" and select any apps from the list that you'd like to be able to notify you during Do Not Disturb mode.

When you select an app, you’ll be brought to a page with all the different types of notifications that can come from it. Toggle the switch for any that you’d like to allow during Do Not Disturb mode.

Next, select “Hide Notifications.” This will determine what notifications that are blocked during Do Not Disturb mode look and sound like.

Next, select

From here you’ll have a number of options for controlling notification behavior during Do Not Disturb. Toggle on all that you want.

Toggle on all that you want.

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Lastly, we can set up a schedule for Do Not Disturb mode. Under the “Schedule” section, select “Add Schedule.”

Under the "Schedule" section, select "Add Schedule."

First, give the Schedule a name at the top and choose the days you want it to run.

First, give the Schedule a name at the top and choose the days you want it to run.

Next, pick a “Start Time” and “End Time.”

Next, select the "Start Time" and "End Time."
Now you can tap “Save” to finish up.
Now you can tap "Save" to finish up.
Your Schedules will be listed on the Do Not Disturb settings screen and you can toggle them on or off as needed.
Turn Schedules on or off.

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How to Turn on Do Not Disturb At Any Time

In the previous section, we set up our Do Not Disturb behavior and created some schedules. If you would like to turn on Do Not Disturb at any time independently from the schedules, you can do that as well.

The easiest way to do this is from the Quick Settings toggles. Swipe down from the top of the screen twice and find the “Do Not Disturb” toggle. You may have to swipe to the right to see the toggle.

Swipe down from the top of the screen twice and find the "Do Not Disturb" toggle.

Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and toggle on “Do Not Disturb.” You also have the option to choose the duration.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and toggle on "Do Not Disturb."

That’s all there is to it. With Do Not Disturb, you don’t have to do so much notification management on your own. Set it all up once and let the automatic schedules take care of things. This is just one way to clean up Android notifications.

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