Sep 09

Sometimes I just want to be left alone

We all need our down time, but you know that smart phone you have just keeps going off. Sometimes it’s a phone call.  Sometimes its a text or email.  Don’t you wish that you could just tell it to leave you alone for a while?  Maybe you’re at a movie or in a meeting — maybe you’re out to dinner with friends and don’t want to be bothered.

Even more important, maybe you don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night by some drunk who dialed the wrong number. Whatever the reason, it’s simply annoying when that phone goes off when you don’t want it to.  Well, there’s something easy that you can do about it.  Now, as usual, I’m most familiar with the iPhone… but don’t worry Android folks — I have some great info for you as well!

On the iPhone (and on the iPad) there’s a built in “Do Not Disturb” feature in iOS 6.  Just tap “settings” and it’s right there:


All you need to do is set the “Do Not Disturb” setting to “on” and you’re phone will be silenced until you turn the setting off.  When “Do Not Disturb” is on, you’ll see a crescent moon in the menu bar…

You do have some control over the “Do Not Disturb” settings.  If you tap on “Notifications” and then tap on “Do Not Disturb” you can set a schedule (like I have set below).  You can also say that you’ll accept calls from people on your favorites list, or no one… all controlled by you.  You can also specify that if someone calls you twice within 3 minutes, the call will go through.  This covers you in case of an emergency.















But, at least you have some control over when that phone will or will not ring or buzz you.  It’s nice to know that if you want to escape you can.  It’s nice to sometimes be able to decompress and keep the distractions at bay for a while.

Now, as far as I know, Android operating systems don’t have this feature built in, but there are quite a few apps in the Google Play store …  You can see some of them here.

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1 comment

  1. Charlie

    Thanks, Marty…………….good info, much appreciated.

    All the best, Charlie

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