How to Turn Off Priority Mode on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of missing important calls and notifications on your Android device? Priority mode can be a useful feature to filter out unnecessary interruptions, but sometimes you may want to turn it off. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to disable priority mode on your Android device.

What is Priority Mode?

Priority mode is a feature available on Android devices that allows you to silence all notifications except for the ones you deem important. When enabled, only selected contacts and apps are allowed to interrupt you with calls, messages, and other alerts.

Why Turn Off Priority Mode?

While priority mode can be helpful in certain situations, there are times when you may want to receive all notifications without any restrictions. Here are a few reasons why you might want to disable priority mode:

  • Receiving all notifications: If you need to stay updated with all messages, emails, and alerts, turning off priority mode ensures that no notification goes unnoticed.
  • Testing app functionality: If you are a developer or tester and need to ensure that your app’s notifications are working correctly, disabling priority mode allows you to receive all test notifications.
  • No specific contacts or apps: If you don’t have any contacts or apps set as priority and prefer not using this feature at all, turning it off will eliminate any unnecessary complexity.

How to Disable Priority Mode

To turn off priority mode on your Android device:

  1. Navigate to Settings: Open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find it in the app drawer or by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
  2. Access Sound & notification settings: Scroll down and select “Sound & notification” or “Sound” depending on your device’s manufacturer and Android version.
  3. Disable Interruptions: Look for the “Interruptions” or “Do Not Disturb” option and tap on it.
  4. Turn off priority mode: On the Interruptions screen, you will find the option to disable priority mode.

    Simply tap the toggle switch to turn it off. The switch will change from blue (enabled) to gray (disabled).

Once you have completed these steps, your Android device will no longer be in priority mode, and you will receive all notifications as usual.


If you frequently toggle between enabling and disabling priority mode, consider adding the Priority Mode toggle to your Quick Settings panel for easy access. To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen twice to expand the Quick Settings panel fully.

Then, tap on “Edit” or the pencil icon, locate Priority Mode, and drag it to your desired position in the panel. Now you can quickly enable or disable priority mode with a single tap!

You are now equipped with the knowledge to disable priority mode on your Android device. Whether you need to receive all notifications or test app functionality without restrictions, turning off priority mode is a straightforward process that ensures you stay connected with everything that matters most.

Note: The steps mentioned above may vary slightly depending on your Android device model and operating system version.

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