How to Turn On or Off Do Not Disturb Automatically in Windows 11

This article describes steps one can take to turn on or off Do Not Disturb automatically in Windows 11.

By design, Windows will show you notifications on the device’s lock screen, the notification Center, and pop-up notification banners at the lower-right corner of the taskbar on the main display.

These notifications are there to help you so that you do not forget important events, and a sound will typically play with each notification.

Windows also has a Do Not Disturb feature that allows users to avoid distracting notifications when they need to stay focused and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

With Do Not Disturb, notifications will be sent straight to the notification center where you can see them at a later time.

If you have a fixed schedule and know you are going to be busy and not be distracted, you can set the Do Not Disturb feature to automatically come on at certain times when you will be busy.

Turn on or off do not disturb automatically with certain activities in Windows 11

As described above, notifications are there to help you so that you do not forget important events, and a sound will typically play with each notification.

However, if you have a fixed schedule and know you are going to be busy and not be distracted, you can set the Do Not Disturb feature to automatically come on at certain times when you will be busy.

Here’s how to do that.

Open the Setting app by clicking on the Start menu button and selecting Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Setting app.

When the app opens, select the System button on the left.

windows 11 system in settings app
windows 11 system in the settings app

On the right, select the Notifications tile to expand.

windows 11 system notifications tile
Windows 11 system notifications tile

On the System -> Notifications settings pane, select the “Turn on do not disturb automatically” tile to expand.

windows turn on do not disturb automatically tile
windows turn on do not disturb automatically tile

On the System -> Notifications -> Turn on do not disturb automatically expand tile, check the box next to During these times to enable or disable Do Not disturb.

You can then also choose the time to Turn on, Turn off, and Repeat options.

windows turn on do not disturb automatically during these times
windows turn on do not disturb automatically during these times

Additionally, you can also check on uncheck the boxes labeled:

  • When duplicating your display (priority notification banners are also hidden)
  • When playing a game
  • When using an app in full-screen mode (priority notification banners are also hidden)
  • For the first hour after a Windows feature update

When you are finished, you can close the Settings app.

That should do it! The Do Not Disturb automatic rule will kick in during the time you specified and when the selected activities are activated.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to set Do Not Disturb automatic rules in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.