Priority mode is one of the feature that was introduced in the Android 5.0 Lollipop and it is useful in our daily life. Some or the other time, you may face a situation where you don’t want to be disturbed by others but at the same time you don’t want to miss any important apps or people from getting in touch with you. Priority mode is the simple solution for this but I don’t see a lot of people using this flexible feature on their Android devices.
Since there is no silent mode in Android Lollipop, I see a lot of buzzing vibrate-mode devices these days. However, if you can spare a couple minutes with the priority mode, you can easily setup the device notifications on your device in the way you like. I would say you will certainly love the flexibility that you get in choosing the apps and calls you don’t want to miss. So let’s start the tutorial on how to configure Priority mode in Android Lollipop.
How to Launch Priority Mode
The easiest way to activate Priority mode is actually via the volume buttons. Press the Volume up or down button and then tap Priority on the pop-up dialog that appears at the top of screen. The Priority mode will be set to indefinitely by default. You can choose whether to leave Priority mode on indefinitely or have it run for an hour. Setting the Priority mode to indefinitely is something like setting it in silent mode for an infinite time (until you change the mode). Tap on plus or minus buttons if you want to extend or cut short this time period from 15 minutes up to 8 hours.
If you don’t want to set Priority mode manually everyday then you can schedule it. Tap on the Settings icon that appears on the pop-up dialog when the volume button is pressed to open the Interruptions section. You can also navigate to Settings » Sounds » Interruptions.
How to Configure Priority Mode
You can set which events, apps and contacts can interrupt you in Priority mode. Also you can set events and reminders (from your calendar), calls and messages that can be allowed in Priority mode. Note that any alarms which you have set will always override Priority mode settings. By default Priority mode allows calls and messages from anyone if enabled. Tap the Calls/messages from link and you can restrict this to just the people in your contacts list or only the contacts you’ve starred. If you choose the second option, then open the Contacts app to view the list of contacts starred.
You can also select which apps can notify you in Priority mode. Just to navigate to Settings » Sounds » Notification manager » App notifications. Tap on the apps from the list which you want to allow in Priority mode and turn on the Priority option to allow it in Priority mode.
Only audio alerts will be disabled for the calls, messages and app notifications that are not allowed in Priority mode. You can also configure not to allow any calls, messages and app notifications in Priority mode by selecting Don’t interrupt option in the Interruptions screen. Priority mode is best used for making sure you can only be reached in emergencies.
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