how to set quiet hours

Quiet hours allow you to snooze the phone from calls, text, notifications during a time set or during meetings. In this post we will look into how to set quiet hours.

  • Launch Cortana.
  • Tap the menu icon on the top right corner.
  • Tap “quiet hours”.
  • Alternatively you can launch “quiet hours” from settings.


Right Now

  • Tap “Right now”, and the quiet hours will be enabled until you switch it off manually.
  • A “crescent” symbol will appear on your system tray.


Automatic Rules

  • Tap on “Automatic Rules” to turn it on. This will allow to set specific time or based on your calendar.
  • Check “Turn on during these times” to set the time.
  • You can turn on for once or repeated like an alarm.
  • Check “Turn on when I have a calendar event marked Busy” to run the quiet hours based on Calendars.
  • Select the calendars you want to watch.


Quiet Hours - Automatic

Quiet Hours – Automatic

Quiet Hours - Calendars

Quiet Hours – Calendars


Configure Breakthrough

Windows phone allows the people configured in the inner circle to break through your busy hours. Read this how to if you need to configure inner circles. You can navigate to inner circle by tapping at “edit inner circle” button as well.

  • If you don’t want to miss any emergency calls, then check “Anyone breaks through if they call 2 times in 3 minutes”.
  • Check “Inner circle break through” to allow your contacts in inner circle to reach you.
  • Select the appropriate actions for “Text”.
  • Select “Reply that I’m busy right now to the contacts who aren’t allowed through” to leave a polite message to the callers who were blocked by Cortana.
Quiet Hours - Automatic

Quiet Hours – Automatic

Quiet Hours - Breakthroughs

Quiet Hours – Breakthroughs

Note: This feature is available only on Windows Phone 8.1