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Need some peace and quiet? Then you need Do Not Disturb in your life
If you need to make sure your phone isn’t ringing when you’re busy, then you really need this.

YOU KNOW THE feeling, you’re busy, you don’t want to be interrupted by calls or texts yet silent mode just isn’t doing the trick.

If you know this situation all too well, then Do Not Disturb is what you need. The feature has been around on certain devices for a while, but for those who aren’t familiar with it, it gives you some peace of mind from emails, texts and calls when you need it like when you’re sleeping or just need an hour of peace and quiet.

If you’re not using it yet, here’s how to activate it.


iOS comes with its own Do Not Disturb feature which is accessible from the command centre (activated when swiping from bottom to top). While this is a quick activation, further details about can be found in settings, allowing you to set specific times for its activation.

It has some nice features such as allowing certain numbers to bypass those settings if they ring repeatedly, so if someone is ringing you because of an emergency, they will get through.

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Depending on what Android device you have (or what version in some cases) this will differ between devices, but all of them are found in settings. For example, HTC has a Do Not Disturb function hidden in Sounds, while Samsung has named it Blocking Mode.

Those who have Android Lollipop will be able to activate it by pressing the volume button and selecting none or priority, or go straight to settings. If your phone doesn’t have a Do Not Disturb feature, then you can download the conveniently titled Do Not Disturb app which offers similar functionality.


Windows Phone

Alongside Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 received a new feature called Quiet Hours, which is effectively Do Not Disturb under a different name. The only problem is Cortana still has yet to make its way over here, meaning this feature is still out of reach.

For now, the closest experience you have to a Do not Disturb feature is an app called Quiet Hours, although what it really does is just put your phone on silent mode automatically. The real problem is it says it only works with Windows Phone 8 further limiting its use.

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