Protect Family-Time with Your Phone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

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Protect Family-Time with Your Phone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

When kids first receive a mobile or smartphone, negotiating no-screen time is often a challenge for parents. It’s one thing to put the phone down…but it’s almost impossible to ignore the vibrating or dinging that announces you have another text or email or urgent Snapchat. It’s a difficult challenge for even the most responsible kids.

Have you noticed that some parents also have trouble turning the phone off? If you have any friends with that kind of challenge (wink, nudge), share these tips with them to make family-and-friends time a little more peaceful and intentional.

Both Android and iOS smartphones make family time simple with a quick way to set your phone on Do Not Disturb, silencing all notifications and vibrations, so you can concentrate on the people you’re with in real life, in the moment.  We’ve compiled a short list of instructions for  you to accomplish this quickly below:

Do Not Disturb on Android Lollipop (5.0 and above):

  1. Hit one of the volume buttons on your phone, and you’ll see a notification bell in the top right of the screen.
  2. Select the bell, and then decide whether you want to receive Priority notifications, or no notifications.
  3. You can set a time limit as well.

Do Not Disturb on Android Marshmallow (6.0):

  1. Drag the notification bar down.
  2. Tap the 3 boxes at the top right to view the full quick action menu.
  3. Tap “Do not disturb.”

Do Not Disturb on iOS:

  1. Drag your finger from the bottom of the screen up to view the quick menu.
  2. Tap the crescent moon icon to silence all notifications.

Both Android and iOS also allow you to edit the Do Not Disturb feature within your settings to allow select notifications through, or to set times for silence—maybe you want your phone silent every day from 10 pm to 6 am, for instance.

Now, enjoy your quality time!