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Facebook brings Quiet Mode, will help users avoid distractions on social media app

As the world sits at home in the backdrop of global lockdowns, Facebook wants to ensure that its users face minimum distractions through the Quiet Mode feature.

twitter-logo Yasmin Ahmed   New Delhi     Last Updated: April 10, 2020  | 15:50 IST
(Source: Facebook)

Highlights

  • Facebook has come up with a Quiet Mode feature where it allows its users to turn off push notifications.
  • Aimed to minimise distractions, the feature works on a set time frame by the user.
  • The developments made by the social-media giant fall under Facebook’s "Digital well being" initiative.

Facebook has rolled out a feature for its mobile app called the Quiet Mode which will allow its users to turn off push notifications. Users can set their own time frame for which they would want to mute the notifications. The feature was rolled out to minimise distractions and to help users set boundaries and manage their time in the wake of global lockdowns.

For people working from home and managing families, Quiet Mode is an interesting feature as it helps its users to concentrate more on their tasks and waste less time on the app.

"Whether it's to help you focus on your family and friends, sleep without distraction or manage how you spend your time at home, we have tools that can help you find the right balance for how you use Facebook," Facebook in its COVID-19 Newsroom post said.

If users try to open the app while their time frame has not been exhausted, a reminder will be sent to the users informing them about their set time-frame.

"We added Quiet Mode, which mutes most push notifications, and if you try to open Facebook while in Quiet Mode, you'll be reminded that you set this time aside to limit your time in the app," the blogpost continued.

Facebook users can also manage what they wish to see by setting News Feed preferences. Apart from this, shortcuts for notification settings have also been brought about. According to Facebook, users will then have more control over the types of posts they see as well as the updates they would receive.

TechCrunch reports that the controls for Quiet Mode will be available in a new section of Facebook. This section will give an overview of the time spent on the app. This will be made available via charts which will show how much daytime or nighttime was spent on the app.

The section will also enable a weekly report that will let its users know how they are managing their time.

The Verge reports that Quiet Mode is part of a larger update to the dashboard. This update has been rolled out for iOS users and will roll out for Android users in May.

Quiet Mode, however, is not to be confused with "mute push notifications" settings. This only helps to mute the notifications that are not within the app. Moreover, this feature does not let the user set a time-frame.

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