Android’s “Do Not Disturb” Is Way Better Than iOS

Joel Lee 12-11-2015

iPhones and iPads have a Do Not Disturb mode which silences calls, alerts, and notifications while the device is locked. It can also restrict who can call you, and the mode itself can be enabled/disabled according to a schedule.


Android has something called Priority Mode How to Set Up Android's Priority Mode (and Get Back Silent Mode) Volume controls changed a lot in Lollipop, so we're here to help you make sense of all of it. Read More , which blocks notifications from certain apps when enabled, but that’s it. It’s not as good as Do Not Disturb though, which is why Android users should install the Do Not Disturb [No Longer Available] app as soon as possible.


Like the iOS mode, the Do Not Disturb app silences calls, alerts, and notifications whenever it’s enabled — but it also does so much more.

The most noteworthy feature is that it pulls calendar data and auto-enables during events. Both Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange are supported. Then again, you can also manually program Do Not Disturb with unique day and night schedules for each day of the week if you prefer.

This means your Android device will never bother you by surprise again. It also has several other features — like Respond via SMS or Whitelisted Contacts who are ignored when DND is enabled — which make it way more flexible than its iOS counterpart.


Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Combine it with these destressing Android apps The 12 Best Calming Apps to Relax, Destress, and Clear Your Mind Here are the best relaxation apps to help you meditate and stay calm when life becomes too stressful. Read More to ensure a better night’s sleep.

What do you think of Do Not Disturb? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credit: Bedside Android Alarm by Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock

Related topics: Android Customization, App, Do Not Disturb, Notification, Sleep Mode.

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  1. Ib
    November 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I love the one called "Do Not Disturb Me" - free version covers my need perfect :-)

  2. Anonymous
    November 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    As an educator I use "do not disturb" all the time but I can't seen to find a way to do 2 things I need:
    - Set a custom "quiet time" duration - Our classes are 90 minutes but I can only turn on "do not disturb" in full hour increments. If I remember correctly, this wasn't a problem in lollipop.
    - Set up an event rule for items in my calendar - it seems to work only for events I was invited to and that's the minority of things I have to turn the phone off for.
    If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Actually I am looking at a "Do Not Disturb" option on my Nexus 5 running Marshmallow right now in my Quick Settings.

    • Anonymous
      November 13, 2015 at 2:59 am

      It can also be accessed under Sound & Notification in Settings. I can't compare it's depth of function to the featured app here, either, but it seems to fulfill basic needs if I wanted it.

    • Joel Lee
      November 18, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Seems like the Do Not Disturb in Android M is pretty neat! I guess the app in this post is still good for those of us who don't have Android M yet.

  4. Anonymous
    November 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    In Marshmallow you can have it trigger silence based off of calendar events. Not to knock this app though

    • Joel Lee
      November 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks Paul, I didn't know that. I wish I had Android M so I could test it out!

      • Anonymous
        November 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

        Yeah it is really nice. There are a few more things for Do Not Disturb too that are different than Lollipop. Loving my Nexus 6P