How To Put MacBook on Do Not Disturb

Chris Campbell15 Apr 2022

Notifications may be a blessing and a curse. For some, they diminish communication chaos and allow for quick responses to an email or message. For others, though, it can be a major distraction that diverts attention away from the business at hand.

You're attempting to work on your Mac but are constantly stopped by alerts, some of which are vital while others aren't. The key is to turn off the unwanted alerts while still allowing the important ones to get through, or to completely disable all notifications. You could use Mac's Do Not Disturb or Focus feature to do this.

How To Turn On Do Not Disturb on MacBook

When you'd rather keep focused on the job at hand, Do Not Disturb inhibits your Mac from bombarding you with frequent alerts. It's simple to activate, and you can program Do Not Disturb to switch on and off on a schedule or in response to particular events. You can even specify when Do Not Disturb allows you to get phone alerts.

Turning On Do Not Disturb Mode Quickly

To enable Do Not Disturb mode, follow these steps:

  • In the menu bar, look for the Notification Center icon which you can find on the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • Hold down the Option key and click the Notification Center icon.
  • Do Not Disturb will be turned on, and the Notification Center icon will be grayed out.

Turning On Do Not Disturb from the Notification Center

You can also activate Do Not Disturb from the Notification Center:

  • Tap the Notification Center icon in the upper-right corner of the Menu bar, or slide to the left with two fingers from the right edge of your Mac's trackpad.
  • Swipe to the top of the Notification Center.
  • Toggle the Do Not Disturb button to On.

How To Turn Off Do Not Disturb on MacBook

Whenever you would rather not see any alerts on your Mac, using the Do Not Disturb feature can come in handy. There are different ways to enable Do Not Disturb. You can access it through the Notification Center, which includes widgets, alerts, and a Do Not Disturb switch. You could also use a shortcut key or set Do Not Disturb to a specific time. But what if you don't want to use the Do Not Disturb Mode? To turn it off, just follow the same steps as for turning it on, but instead of toggling the switch to On, click Off.

How To Turn On Focus on Mac

While Do Not Disturb is a great feature for older macOS versions, Focus is an improved version of the Do Not Disturb function that comes with macOS Monterey. With Focus, you can fine-tune it with more settings and schedule it to run at specific times, such as while you're sleeping or driving. Another advantage of Focus mode is that the settings are synced automatically throughout your Mac and other Apple devices. As an example, if you enable Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, it will also be enabled on your Mac, and vice versa.

Here's how to set it up:

  • Navigate to System Preferences. 
  • Choose Notifications & Focus.
  • Select the Focus tab. The feature, by default, provides six distinct alternatives. Do Not Disturb is a basic setting for any situation, but you can get a little more precise and set up alerts for while you're driving, exercising, sleeping, relaxing, or working.
  • Choose Do Not Disturb, and select the contacts you wish to receive notifications from. Click the addition (+) button under Allowed Notifications From, then add anybody you want to include as an exception. To add the selected contact to the list, click the Add button. To delete a contact, pick their name and press the minus (-) button.
  • Next, choose the applications from which you want to get alerts. Tap the plus (+) symbol on the Apps tab. Select the applications you wish to add from the list and press the Add button. To uninstall an app, pick it and press the minus (-) sign.
  • To fine-tune your settings, tap the Options button. Time-sensitive alerts, which allow notifications with an imminent time or deadlines, such as an appointment or reminder, may be enabled or disabled here.
  • Activate Allow calls from and select Everyone, All Contacts, or Favorites from the drop-down menu. Allow repeated calls to allow many calls from the same individual to get through with the premise that such calls indicate an emergency.
  • Set Do Not Disturb to switch on automatically depending on specified criteria. To choose time-, location-, or app-based criteria, tap the plus (+) symbol under the Turn on Automatically section.
  • Select Add Time Based Automation if you want it to turn on at a specified time of day. Choose the days and hours when you wish Do Not Disturb to be active. To finish, select Add.
  • Press the plus (+) icon and then Add Location-Based Automation to create a location-based schedule. Choose a place from the list and click Add. Click the plus (+) symbol and select Add App-Based Automation to establish a schedule for a specific app. Choose an app from the list and click Add.
  • Select any schedules you want to enable and uncheck those you wish to disable under the Turn On Automatically section. To delete a schedule, click it and then press the minus (-) sign. Do Not Disturb may be enabled immediately by simply turning on the Do Not Disturb switch at the top. Otherwise, it will take effect according to the schedules you established.
  • If you want those who attempt to contact you to be notified when Do Not Disturb is set on, tick the option for Share Focus Status.

You've set up all of your settings for Focus. So, what now? You're going to want to activate them. Here's how you do it:

  • On your Mac, go to the menu bar and choose Control Center.
  • Click the current Focus. If there is no Focus active, you will see the word Focus instead.
  • Choose the Focus that you wish to activate. You can also set how long it will stay on by tapping the ellipses or the icon with three dots.

It's incredibly easy to reach out to someone nowadays, thanks to the internet and the different ways to communicate in this modern age. But perhaps it's too easy. You could set Do Not Disturb mode or the Focus feature on Mac to prevent interruptions from unnecessary messages, calls, and alarms, so you won't be distracted and can stay on top of the work you're doing on your Mac. Mac's Do Not Disturb or Focus feature lets you get more things done or relish your alone time with fewer or zero disruptions.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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