Overriding DnD on Android: Ensuring Critical Incident Alerts with Do not Disturb

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Published: Wednesday, 16 August 2023

As 'Do Not Disturb' becomes a standard feature on Android devices, ensuring critical alerts aren't missed is paramount. Dive into the nuances of setting up All Quiet to receive crucial incident alerts even during your quiet moments.

Introduced in 2014 with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the 'Do Not Disturb' (DnD) feature transformed how Android users interacted with their devices. A shield against the daily barrage of notifications, DnD ensured peace during critical moments — be it a pivotal meeting, a family dinner, or simply bedtime.

The Dilemma: Stay Informed vs. Maintain Peace

Imagine you're in a conference meeting, presenting to stakeholders. Or you're at home enjoying a family dinner. The last thing you'd want is to be jolted by a non-urgent notification. But what if there's a critical incident that demands immediate action? How do you strike a balance between staying informed about crucial incidents and keeping your peace during your quiet moments?

This is where the ability to configure push notification permissions and override the DnD mode on Android devices becomes invaluable, especially with tools like All Quiet.

Evolution of Notification Management on Android

Before DnD, Android users would often resort to silencing their phones entirely or sifting through countless settings to mute specific apps. The introduction of DnD was a game-changer, but even then, it was a blanket solution. Over the years, Android recognized the need for more granular control. The result was a refined DnD system where users could choose priority notifications, set automatic rules based on time or event, and even allow exceptions for specific apps or contacts.

Stay Informed Without Disturbances

By setting up All Quiet as detailed in our documentation, Android users can ensure that even in DnD mode, they receive sound and vibration alerts for critical incidents. This setup ensures that you're not disturbed by every single alert but only by the ones that truly matter.

Advantages for Android Users in Incident Management

  • Selective Notifications: Rather than turning off DnD completely and getting bombarded with all notifications, Android users can choose which notifications deserve priority.
  • Immediate Responses: In situations where every second counts, receiving an alert instantly can be a game-changer.
  • Balancing Work and Relaxation: Your off-duty hours are precious. By customizing which notifications can override DnD on Android, you ensure disturbances only for the most urgent matters.


Android's DnD feature, coupled with All Quiet's configuration capabilities, provides a nuanced approach to notifications. It empowers professionals to stay informed without compromising their need for tranquility in their personal moments. Ensure you set up your Android device as per the provided guidelines to make the most out of your incident management approach.

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