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Published May 9, 2018

How many times do your devices alert you that something has happened, how often are these alerts really important, and how often would you rather they not be alerting you at all?  We all have times in our lives, such as when we’re working, relaxing with a good book or magazine, in an important meeting, or just trying to get some sleep, when we’d rather not be regularly prompted by beeps and noises.

Fortunately the Gemini comes with a Do Not Disturb mode that allows you to silence notifications until you’re ready to hear them again.  It comes with three options, Total Silence, Alarms only, and Priority only.  You activate it by swiping down from the top of the screen and clicking the Do Not Disturb icon, the circle with a line passing diagonally through it.

So what these three silence options, and which one will suit your needs best?

  • Total silence is as you might expect, complete silence from the Gemini.  This means no notifications from any app, but it also means no calls can get through, and no alarms will sound
  • Alarms only will silence both calls and notifications, but it will allow alarms to sound.  This can be best to help you get a good night’s sleep
  • Priority only allows you more options however, and a customize button lets you choose what, and who to silence.  You can choose, for instance, to allow calls if the person calls twice in a 15 minute period, or just to allow messages and calls only from starred contacts, but what are they?

In the contacts app, when you open any contact you’ll see an option at the top of the screen to give them a star.  Do this for every contact you consider a priority, such as your elderly parents or a friend, and they will then always be able to reach you.

There are two ways to set Do Not Disturb mode.  When you swipe downwards from the top of your screen and activate Do Not Disturb you are given the option that it should remain on either Until you turn this off or For one hour.  This latter option can also be customised using the – and + buttons to its right, to anything from 15 minutes to 12 hours.

Clicking More Settings below these will allow you to set automatic Do Not Disturb rules.  These can automatically activate the feature at times you choose, and three rules are configured for you to get you started.

You can choose to have Total silence at night, and you can choose the times the feature starts and ends, on the weekends (or on any other days if you work weekends), or at times during which you have accepted a meeting request in your calendar.  All in all the Do Not Disturb feature offers all you need to get everything from a little peace and quiet, to a good night’s sleep.

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