On Thursday, Facebook revealed an all-new “quiet mode” for its main mobile app that will pause “most” push notifications and alert you that when you try to open the program on your phone while the mode is still on, it’s turned on.
Exactly what alerts will be omitted from the new model is not clear; the company claims others are legally necessary to send out, such as privacy updates. Also, this new model should not be confused with the current setting of “mute push notifications,” which allows you to avoid push notifications for a given period of time, but not those inside the device.
Alternatively, this latest Quiet Mode can be found under the Facebook dashboard “Your Time on Facebook,” which it launched back in November 2018, following a drive for major platforms and smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and Google to support digital wellness devices.
It’s part of a bigger dashboard update that Facebook says will incorporate week-over-week patterns, daytime versus night use monitoring, and a tracker for a total number of visits. It’s rolling out to iOS users now, and will launch in May for Android devices, says the company.
If you so choose the new Quiet Mode will function both manually and on a fixed schedule. It will stop alerts from inside the device, such as those irritating Facebook Watch badges, even on a machine level, so you won’t see numerated badges on iOS either.
Setting limits on how you spend your time online can be beneficial as we all adapt to new schedules and stay home. Whether it’s to help you concentrate on your family and friends, sleep without interruption or control how you spend your time at home, we have resources that will help you find the right way to use Facebook, read a new update to the ongoing COVID-19 knowledge blog post for the company.
In addition to Quiet Mode, Facebook says the notification settings and News Feed preferences panel have been updated with new shortcuts, so you can make the most of your time on Facebook by adjusting the type of content you see in your News Feed as well as the notifications you get.