Android 6.0.1 'Do not disturb until next alarm' feature disappears

Those rocking a phone powered by Android 6.0.1 might have discovered today that a particular feature has been removed again. The "Do not disturb until next alarm" setting that was returned to Google's open source OS with the 6.0.1 update, is gone. The feature, which makes sure that Android users muting their volume are still alerted at a pre-selected time, has once again been removed from the platform.

This is the second time that the powers-that-be at Google have eliminated this option. The first time was with the Android 6.0 update. The reason that it is needed at all has to do with the way that Android mutes a phone. Instead of simply turning the volume slider down to "0," Android offers three different settings. You can choose to receive all notifications, only notifications with a priority tag (including alarms), and no notifications at all. The "Do not disturb until next alarm" feature allows pre-set alarms to go off even with notifications silenced. Once the alarm rings, the notifications are automatically turned back on.

Those posting about this on social media seem to believe that Google had a Mission Impossible Snapchat-esque self destruct feature, which was designed to removed the setting this weekend. There does remain an option that will allow a set alarm to go off for a period of time, even if all notifications have been stopped. But this won't turn the notifications setting back on.

Does Google have a secret self-destruct timer on other Android 6.0.1 features?

source: AndroidCentral

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36 Comments

1. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

I honestly don't understand why google sees the need to just randomly take away useful features.

2. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed. Unless it's screwing something up, leave it alone. I feel the same way about their Contacts/People app. Pre-Lollipop, it had three columns, Favorites, Groups, and All. From LP on, they dropped Groups, which I used more than any of them. I could more quickly get to a specific set of numbers, Businesses, Family, Friends, etc. Like the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

3. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

you are absolutely right. microsoft fixed windows xp when it was not broke. Since then they are fixing windows.

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Have you had issues with none of your contacts showing the names on phone calls and texts since 6.0? Unless I go through and add "1" to all the contacts in my phone book, I can't get them to show the contacts name when calling.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No I haven't had that. I know when it goes to add a contact the number is listed as +18885551212 for example. But I always change them to a format like (888)555-1212. But the only time I've had the name not show up was if the number wasn't in my contacts, and since 6.0, it actually shows the name even if I don't have it in my contacts. It was something like the CallerID app that Verizon was pre-installing, where it would use the internet to find the info on the number and display it.

18. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Thanks for the info. I guess the search still continues on why it's happening on mine.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

I would love to have "Groups" on iOS native calling app... +1...

4. ECPirate37

Posts: 345; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I hope they eventually bring back a proper silent mode. It seems ridiculous that in had to buy an app to do what Google always offered. Hopefully they eventually bring silent mode back.

5. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

It's already back as of 6.0. Once you're on vibration only, when you press volume down one more time it's "alarms only." And unless you set an alarm, your phone is in true silent mode.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This wasn't an issue on iOS. Flip the switch and everything is silent. Why Google can't seem to get this done correctly is beyond me.

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Wait, did you actually switch to android after all of your chit talking? Or are you just trolling as usual?

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've been using Android since the Droid days you twit.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kylo Ren is tight.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ikr, was an awesome experience.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's already a setting; "Never mute Alarms". Silence switch on iOS isn't smart enough to insolence itself as this option is offering...

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Was it silencing all notifications and Alarms, or just notifications on iOS? DND does that, and you can set it up to let only priority notifications through, or only alarms. What this was doing was that once an alarm went off, it automatically brought the device out of DND mode. Now that they've gotten rid of that, the alarm still sounds, but otherwise it stays in DND mode.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just find it comical that Google can't seem to get it straight and stop doing things that doesn't make sense such as removing the "DND Until Next Alarm" feature. Makes more sense to leave that in.

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I agree that they shouldn't try to fix what isn't broken, I was just wondering how your statement fit into it. If you want to silence everything, you hold the power button down.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That should've been hold down the volume down button, not power button.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It fits in exactly, I don't quite understand what you're asking.

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Saying that you don't have this issue with the iPhone when it doesn't have that capability to begin with makes no sense. From reading on Apes site and the forums, when you activate DND on your iOS device, it allows Alarms to go through, but doesn't s**t off DND automatically after the alarm sounds. It will still be in DND mode until you take it out of it. Unless you set a schedule to end DND mode, but you can do that with Android as well. This feature meant not having to set a schedule, once the alarm goes off, you're out of DND mode. So right now with this feature removed, it works the same as Apple's implementation, the only difference is an iOS device has a physical switch to enter that mode, where an Android device you need to hold down the volume down button to enter DND mode.

10. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Not an issue on my iPhone 6s, iPad pro, and apple watch

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Why would it? This article is about Android, not iOS. I'm fairly sure it doesn't affect WP, BB, or Tizen either.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Interesting response there.

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

OK....

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just think it's kind of hypocritical of you to say that.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See post 35, the feature that was removed isn't in iOS's DND mode. Right now Android's DND mode works about the same as on iOS. Saying you don't have that problem when it wasn't available in the first place makes no sense.

16. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

This isn't about them though, go away

26. Avishek

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Akosikuting: and what about your other devices ipad air, air 2, iphone 5, 5s, 4s and macbook even. Go and troll elsewhere....

17. HildyJ

Posts: 341; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

On 6.0.1 on a 5x my option are 1) silent, 2) alarms only, 3) priority (including alarms). You can also set it to come out of DND at a specific time. You can also create DND rules to turn it on and off automatically (like overnight). Finally, you can turn it on and off with a two finger swipe to the Quick Settings and a tap on the DND icon. I fail to see how "until next alarm" is really useful, except as a means of trolling Android.

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