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Silence Smartphone Notifications from Interrupting Your Music

When you’re listening to music or a podcast on your phone, it’s annoying to be interrupted by an incoming text or email notification. Here’s a look at a few ways to listen to your audio in peace on Android and iPhone.

Stop Notification Sounds on Android

Unfortunately, there isn’t a universal fix for this on Android since there is a wide variety of devices running different versions of the OS. One thing you can do is set your notifications sounds lower or to vibrate.

Sound control Nexus 6P

Another solution is to install the app called Don’t Pause. The free version puts the notification sounds to vibrate, and the pro version offers additional features. This allows you to still know there’s a notification but won’t interrupt the audio you’re listening.

Dont pause

One of the caveats is it only works with Android 3.0 and higher. So, if you’re still using an older Android device, you’ll need to do it manually. I’d imagine there are similar apps out there that are similar, or, depending on your phone’s manufacturer, it might have a built-in software solution. If you know of one, let us know in the comments section below.

Stop Notifications Sounds on iOS

On your iPhone, the easiest way to disable the audio dropout annoyance is to flip the mute switch on the side of the phone. Or, you can turn on the Do Not Disturb feature. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the crescent moon icon to turn it on or off.

Do Not Disturb

By default, it will only work while your iPhone or iPad’s screen is off. To configure it more granularly, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and you can set it to what works best for you.

dnd settings

That’s all there is to it. If you’re tired of having notification sounds interrupting your audio listening experience, these tips should help you out.

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3 Responses to Silence Smartphone Notifications from Interrupting Your Music

  1. Lauren March 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    turning on DND did not work. when i get a notification my music turns off completely. iphone 6 and harmon onyx mini. any suggestions??

  2. Lauren March 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    i fixed it. it was as simple as turning off bluetooth on my computer. not sure why that made my speaker cut off while listening to music from my phone but who am i to question technology. i hope this will help some one else with that add issue.

  3. Andi April 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Ok, so i Have Samsung galaxy s5, and I have it synced to my car. I was able to set it up when music plays, so it lowers the volume for a second or two, I took it to dealership and they resetted everything, so now I’m trying to figure it out to do the same instead of pinging and completely stopping my music. Someone help!!!

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