Facebook is adding a Quiet Mode that silences push notifications on mobile

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By Nick Statt@nickstatt Apr 9, 2020, 6:00pm EDT

Facebook announced an all-new “Quiet Mode” for its main mobile app on Thursday, which will pause “most” push notifications and remind you that it’s turned on when you try to open the software on your phone while the mode is still active.

It’s not clear exactly what notifications will be exempted from the new mode; the company says some, like privacy updates, it is legally required to send out. This new mode is also not to be confused with the existing “mute push notifications” setting that lets you stop only push notifications, but not those within the app, for a designated amount of time.

Instead, this new Quiet Mode will be found under Facebook’s “Your Time on Facebook” dashboard, which it added back in November 2018, following a push for major platforms and device makers like Apple and Google to promote digital wellness apps.

It’s part of a larger update to the dashboard that Facebook says will add week-over-week trends, usage tracking for daytime versus night, and a counter for total number of visits. It’s rolling out now to iOS users and will arrive for Android users in May, the company says.

The new Quiet Mode will work both manually and on a set schedule if you so choose. It will pause notifications from within the app, like those obnoxious Facebook Watch badges, and on a system level, so you won’t see numbered badges on iOS either.

In addition to Quiet Mode, Facebook says it’s also added new shortcuts to the notification settings and News Feed preferences panel, so “you can make the most of your time on Facebook by controlling the type of posts you see in your News Feed as well as the updates you receive.”