How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode in 3 Easy Ways on Mac

How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode on Mac With Few Quick Clicks

Society has become pretty dependant on technologies and social media. It's very easy to get distracted when you're constantly bombarded with notifications from Facebook indicating that someone likes your picture or seeing that your favorite YouTuber posted a video. Or maybe you get an email that says there's a sale going on, and you instantly open it, immediately losing focus on the project you were working on.

A study shows that it takes about 23 minutes to get back into focus. That means every time you get distracted, you need extra 23 minutes to focus again on the task. But you probably don't want to waste 23 minutes to get back into the 'zone'. Fortunately, your Mac has a tool called Do Not Disturb Mode, which lets you mute all unnecessary and distracting apps. By enabling the feature, you will be able to work without seeing notifications popping up every few minutes.

How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode in 3 Easy Ways on Mac

If you have a particular time when you need to focus, you can set a specific time range for the Do Not Disturb mode to be turned on. For example, you know you have to finish a work presentation or an essay for school in few hours, but every time you get an email, your focus shifts. Then you waste time by checking the email and waste another 23 minutes while your mind focuses again. You start to get anxious and worry if you'll finish it in time. To avoid this kind of situation and save yourself from stress, turn on the Do Not Disturb Mode, which will help you stay focused.

Suppose you do not want to be in Do Not Disturb Mode but need to mute certain applications. In that case, you can easily do that by following the steps in the "How to Mute Only Some Notifications" section.

Below you will find information on how to enable Do Not Disturb Mode, access it quickly from the menu bar, create a shortcut, and more.

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How to Turn On Do Not Disturb Mode Using Control Center

Control Center lets you quickly access important and often used system settings such as volume, brightness, and of course, the Do Not Disturb feature.

If your Mac is running on macOS BigSur, the Control Center icon should look like two sliders. The bottom one has a dark circle in the right corner, and the top one has a white circle in the left corner.

If you have macOS Catalina or an older operating system on your Mac, the Control Center will look like three dots, and each dot has a line next to it.

To turn on Do Not Disturb Mode on macOS BigSur using Control Center, follow the steps below:

1. In the upper menu, click on the Control Center icon, located in the right corner, next to Siri.

Go to Control Center

2. Click on the moon icon next to "Do Not Disturb" to enable the feature.

Enable Do Not Disturb mode in Control Center

When you enable Do Not Disturb Mode, it will stay turned on until you decide to turn it off.

When you hover over "Do Not Disturb", you will see an arrow appear. Click on the arrow to set Do Not Disturb Mode for an hour, until evening, or until tomorrow.

Choose a time until Do Not Disturb will be enabled

If you want to disable the Do Not Disturb feature, click on the moon icon again.

For quicker access, you can add the Do Not Disturb menu directly to the menu bar, so you don't have to access it from the Control Center.

To add the Do Not Disturb menu to the main menu bar, follow the steps below:

1. In the upper menu, click on the Control Center icon, located in the right corner, next to Siri.
2. Click and hold the Do Not Disturb menu and drag it to the upper menu bar.
3. Choose a place in the right corner of the menu bar and release it. The menu icon will look like a moon.

Drag Do Not Disturb to menu bar

To turn on Do Not Disturb Mode on macOS Catalina or older using Control Center, follow the steps below:

1. In the upper menu, click on the Control Center icon, located in the right corner, next to Siri.
2. Then, go to the "Today" tab.
3. Next to the "Do Not Disturb" toggle the slider on to enable the mode.

Do Not Disturb Mode will stay turned on until the next day.

You can also enable the Do Not Disturb mode by clicking on the Notification Center icon while pressing and holding the Option key on your keyboard. When the Do Not Disturb Mode turns on, the Notification Center icon will be dimmed. The mode will stay enabled until midnight or until you decide to turn it off.

If you want to disable the Do Not Disturb feature, toggle the slider off.

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How to Schedule a Specific Time Range For Do Not Disturb Mode Using Notification Center

Notification Center provides you the option to see notifications from apps and your Macs system. For example, when notifications are turned on, you can see if you got an email or be notified if a software update is available. You can enable and manage the Do Not Disturb Mode in Notification Center as well.

To schedule Do Not Disturb Mode on using Notification Center, follow the steps below:

1. In the upper menu, click on the Apple logo to access the Apple menu.
2. Go to "System Preferences".
3. Locate and click on "Notifications".

Go to Notifications

4. Select "Do Not Disturb".
5. Then, on the left side of the window, check the box next to "From" under "Turn on Do Not Disturb" and choose a time range.

Shedule a time for Do Not Disturb mode

The Do Not Disturb Mode will stay enabled in that time range and later will disable itself automatically.

If you decide you want to turn off Do Not Disturb entirely, uncheck the box in step 5.

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How to Create and Turn On Do Not Disturb Mode Using Keyboard Shortcut

If you like to use keyboard shortcuts, you can create one to quickly enable/disable the Do Not Disturb Mode.

To create a keyboard shortcut for the Do Not Disturb feature, follow the steps below:

1. In the upper menu, click on the Apple logo to access the Apple menu.
2. Go to "System Preferences".
3. Then, go to "Keyboard" settings.

Go to Keyboard settings

4. Go to the "Shortcuts" tab.
5. On the left side, locate and select "Mission Control". It is usually the second option, under "Launchpad & Dock".

Select Mission Control

6. Then, on the left side, check the box next to "Turn Do Not Disturb On/Off". A text field will appear next to it.

Enable Do Not Disturb shortcut

7. On your keyboard press the desired key combination that will be the shortcut for the Do Not Disturb Mode.

Create a Do Not Disturb shortcut

Now you can turn on and off the Do Not Disturb feature easily with the shortcut you created.

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How to Mute Only Some Notifications

Supposedly you need to focus and want to disable only distracting app notifications, and you need to be notified by certain apps, for example, Mail. You can choose which apps to keep muted in the Notification Center.

1. In the upper menu, click on the Apple logo to access the Apple menu.
2. Go to "System Preferences".
3. Locate and click on "Notifications".

Go to Notifications

4. When the "Notifications" window appears, select an application or a feature you want to mute on the left side.

Select the app you want to mute

5. Then, on the right side, toggle off the slider next to "Allow Notifications" to mute the app.

Disable Allow Notifications for selected app

You can also enable Do Not Disturb Mode and unmute certain apps and features to see their notifications.

We hope this article was helpful!

Check out the video below for a video tutorial.

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