Temporarily stop Windows 10 notifications with Quiet Hours

Quiet hours is a feature that’s already been with us for awhile, ever since Windows 8 was released. It’s still is here in Windows 10, blocking any notifications from your Windows 10 PC that could distract you from a good night’s sleep. Quiet hours blocks all the notifications you get, from new emails to Facebook messages and to any other kinds of alerts that might disturb you when you need to some peace and quiet. Here’s how to use Quiet hours in Windows 10:

How to use the Quiet hours in Windows 10

Back in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, the Quiet hours could be set to any time frame you wanted. Unfortunately, in Windows 10 you cannot do that anymore. If you enable the Quiet hours in Windows 10, they will be active between 10 PM and 6 AM. That means that you can use the Quiet hours only during the night, so that notifications you get on your Windows 10 PCs and devices don’t bother you when you’re sleeping. At least for now, you cannot change this predefined time frame, even if you wished to. However, we are sure that this is a configuration option that will soon be added to Windows 10.

If you want to turn on the Quiet hours , the fastest way to do it is to use the Action Center. Click or tap on its icon from the right end of taskbar.

At the bottom of the Action Center , you’ll see the Quick actions. If you see only one row of them, click or tap on Expand.

Among the Quick actions , you’ll find the Quiet hours. To turn them On , simply click or tap on their button.

When you want to turn them Off , repeat the same steps and click or tap on the Quiet hours again.

Another way to turn the Quiet hours On or Off is to right click (or tap and hold) on the Action Center icon from the far right of the taskbar.

In the menu, click or tap the “Turn on quiet hours” option or “Turn off quiet hours” , depending on your computer’s present state and on what you want.

Don’t forget that the Quiet hours are set in the 10 PM - 6 AM time frame by default, and this can’t be changed in Windows 10, or at least for now. Secondly, it’s also good to keep in mind that during Quiet hours , no notification can get to you, regardless of its sender. In the future, this will probably change and Windows 10 will probably offer a way to bypass Quiet hours for certain notifications senders you specify.

You should know that turning On the Quiet hours manually doesn’t mean that notifications will stop disturbing you at once. It means that notifications will be blocked during the times we just mentioned: 10 PM to 6 AM.

When is it useful to turn on the Quiet hours?

If it were a bit more advanced, the Quiet hours feature from your Windows 10 PC or device could come in handy in many situations. Unfortunately, at least for the time being, Quiet hours can’t be set to your liking, and they can only be enabled during the interval: 10 PM to 6 AM. That means that they are really useful only if you sleep in the same room with your Windows 10 computer(s) or device(s), and you don’t want notifications to ruin a good night’s sleep.

If the Quiet hours will get more options, including the possibility to set any time intervals you want for them, they could prove to be a lot more useful. You could, for instance, block any distracting notifications during your work hours or when you’re on vacation. Any time frame in which you know you’re going to do something that you don’t want to be distracted from, is a good use case for Quiet hours.


Quiet hours can be really useful when you have a job to do and don’t want to be distracted by anything, and they can be just as good, or even better, when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. We bet that you all know how Facebook sounds at 3 AM, when a friend can’t sleep… :) Now you know how to use Quiet hours on your Windows 10 computer or device. Will you use this feature, or will not? Share your thoughts with us, in the comments section below.