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How to Auto-Block Calls and Notifications With Amazon Echo

Ben Stegner 07-07-2017

The Amazon Echo is capable of so much, but this can be a pain if it activates at the wrong times. Love your Amazon Echo, but don’t want friends ringing your device with a call How to Use Amazon Echo's Voice Calling and Messaging in 3 Easy Steps Your Amazon Echo device and Alexa have been busy learning some new tricks. Long requested by users, messaging and voice calling adds yet another layer of usefulness to the enormously popular voice-activated speaker. Read More in the middle of the night? You need Alexa’s Do Not Disturb mode.


On the Echo, Echo Dot, or new Echo Show A Comparison Guide to Amazon Echo Devices: Which One Is Best for You? Which Amazon Echo device is right for you? We compare the Plus, Dot, Tap, Show, Spot, Look, and Fire TV Cube to help you make up your mind. Read More , you can enable Do Not Disturb to suppress alerts about calls, messages, and the Drop In feature. This is handy for those times when you don’t want anyone contacting you, or if you’re trying to get some sleep.

You can enable it on-demand by simply saying “Alexa, don’t disturb me.” To turn off Do Not Disturb, say “Alexa, turn off Do Not Disturb.” If you’d like to schedule certain times, you can do so through the Alexa app.

Open the Alexa app on your Android device or iPhone, then slide out the left menu. Select Settings, then tap your device at the top of the list. You can enable the Do Not Disturb slider if you like, but we’re interested in the Scheduled option below it. Tap this, enable the Scheduled slides, and select a time range for your Echo to quiet notifications automatically.

If you don’t use your Echo to make calls, this won’t affect you much anyway. But it’s a good idea to set this up since Echo calls will ring all Alexa devices registered to your account. You don’t want your house lighting up and ringing at 3 AM!

When you’re okay with disturbances, check out all the ways your Echo can play your music All the Ways to Play Music Using Your Amazon Echo and Alexa The Amazon Echo excels at playing music. Here are all the ways to listen to music using your Amazon Echo and Alexa. Read More .


Have you tried Do Not Disturb on your Echo? Do you use the Alexa calling feature? Tell us down in the comments!

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Related topics: Amazon Echo, Online Privacy.

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  1. Fik-of-Borg
    July 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    (Haven't finished the article yet, but) Is there no privacy flags raised at a camera and microphone equiped, internet connected device made in China? Those same flags should and have been raised with Amazon Echo and Google Home (that have no camera, AFAIK)