How to Use Do Not Disturb on Your Mac

Do Not Disturb Mac Cover

Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature on iOS is used by many, as users find it handy if they want to take a quick break from their devices and don’t want to be disturbed by any notifications. Apple has also included the “Do Not Disturb” feature on macOS, allowing you to silence any incoming notifications and work freely without any disturbances. It’s very easy to turn on, and you can also customize Do Not Disturb to automatically turn on at a specific time by scheduling it. You can also choose whether to allow calls through or not.

To get to know how to enable and customize Do Not Disturb, simply follow the guide below.

Enable Do Not Disturb on Your Mac

1. Click on the Notification bar icon in the top-right corner of your Mac.

Do Not Disturb Mac Notification Centre

2. Once the Notification Centre is revealed, swipe up.

3. This will reveal two options: Night Shift and Do Not Disturb. Simply turn the switch on to enable “Do Not Disturb” on for your Mac.

Do Not Disturb Mac Turn On

Do Not Disturb is set by default to turn off when the next day starts. That’s why you might see “Do Not Disturb will turn off tomorrow” once you enable it.

Do Not Disturb Mac Will Turn Off Tomorrow

How to Customize Do Not Disturb on Mac

You can also customize Do Not Disturb and schedule it to automatically turn on/off at a specific time. This can be very helpful, as it allows you to set a certain time (such as your office work hours) where you don’t want to be disturbed by any notifications and want to focus solely on your work. You can customize your Do Not Disturb settings by following the steps below:

1. Open up System Preferences on your Mac.

2. Click on Notifications.

Do Not Disturb Mac Notifications

3. From the pane on the left, select “Do Not Disturb.”

Here you’ll be presented with various options to customize Do Not Disturb. These as are follows:

Do Not Disturb Mac Options

  • Schedule Do Not Disturb – You can set a certain time period for Do Not Disturb to turn on/off to your needs
  • When the Display is Sleeping – Enabling this will keep Do Not Disturb enabled even when your Mac is idle and the display is turned off to conserve battery.
  • When Mirroring to TVs and Projectors – This will keep Do Not Disturb on when you mirror your Mac to a TV or projector. Do note that this does not include using your Mac on an external display.
  • Calling Options – Using these options you can choose whether you want Do Not Disturb to allow calls to pass through or not. You can also choose to keep calls off, but allow repeated calls (calls received twice within a span of 2 minutes) to pass through to your Mac.

Wrapping Up

The “Do Not Disturb” feature in Mac is useful when you want to get some work done without any disturbance. Using the above steps, you can now set up, customize and use Do Not Disturb on your Mac. Let us know if you have any queries or suggestions in the Comments section below.

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Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier's resident Mac tutorial writer. He's currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube

One comment

  1. This was very useful, thank you.

    However, I’m encountering difficulty where I’ve turned on Do Not Disturb in the notification centre, but it is not silencing notifications. It has stopped displaying alerts and banners, but the sounds are still coming through. I’ve tried updating my Macbook Pro and restarting it – that hasn’t worked.

    I’d love to hear any advice/tips/tricks!


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