Customise your notifications with Do Not Disturb mode

Most BlackBerry Android users (and users of Android in general) know about the Notification settings in the Settings Menu.

However that’s not the only way to customise notifications on your shiny new KEYᵒⁿᵉ (or PRIV, or DTEK devices)

If you swipe down from the top of your screen, you should see a “No Entry” icon with Do Not Disturb below it. Tap the icon to expand the item, then tap the words More Settings at the bottom. This opens a menu where you can customise your “Do Not Disturb” settings.

Priority Allows

The first menu item, Priority Only Allows, is where you can change which types of notification are active when the Priority Only setting is activated. Alarms are active as default and cannot be turned off, but you can also choose whether Reminders or Event notifications are active. There are options for both SMS and Calls notification (Anyone, Contacts Only, Starred Contacts or None), and finally an option for Repeat Calls. With this option, when someone calls twice within 15 minutes you can choose to activate the second call notification.

Automatic Rules

The second item on the Do Not Disturb menu is possibly the most important. Automatic Rules allows you to set Do Not Disturb to activate between specific times (overnight, for example), or when a calendar event occurs. Three rules are available as default, but there is the option to add your own (again, based on time or on an event).

The first and second default rules, Weekend and Weeknight, allow you to select start and finish time for Do Not Disturb mode, the days to which the rule applies, and the Do Not Disturb setting (Priority Only – as explained above, Alarms Only, or Total Silence).
You can also choose to stop at the end time or the next scheduled alarm (whichever is first). This will turn off Do Not Disturb mode if an alarm occurs first. By deactivating this option, Do Not Disturb mode will continue until the end time.

The third default Rule, Event, can be customised too – You can select a specific Calendar from your device, or apply the rule to every event across all of them. The Where Reply Is option can be set to Yes Maybe or Not Replied, Yes & Maybe, or Yes alone. Again, you can set the Do Not Disturb mode. Editor’s Note: Be aware that opening this menu option may trigger a notification from the DTEK app informing you that Settings has accessed your Calendar. Don’t panic – this is absolutely normal.

Block Visual Disturbances

The fourth and final item on the menu is entitled Block Visual Disturbances. On selecting this item, you are presented with two options: When screen is On, and When Screen Is Off. Activating either option will prevent notifications from peeking (sliding down from the top of the screen) or popping (appearing nearer the centre or bottom of the screen).

As you can see, there is a lot more to Do Not Disturb mode than purely setting quiet time for an hour, or until your next alarm goes off! How do you use Do Not Disturb mode? Let us know in the Comments section below!

Jon Hunnings

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