12 May 2021
Facebook has announced a new "Quiet Mode" functionality for its main smartphone app. This new mode is aimed at helping users manage the amount of time they spend on the social media platform. It essentially mutes app notifications so that users do not get distracted which is very important during the work from home scenario due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Quiet Mode can be enabled or disabled anytime a user wants from the Facebook app settings. If someone wishes to use it during a particular time slot on a daily basis, there is even support for scheduling. This will result in the mode getting enabled automatically at the starting time and then getting disabled at the end of the slot.
It affects in-app notifications but not all of them. Facebook has not specified what kind of notifications have been exempted from getting muted. It seems like the mode will not work for the notifications that are important for the user to receive. The mode can be accessed by visiting Your Time on Facebook setting within the Settings & Privacy option. It is currently available only for iOS users but will be expanded to Android in May 2020.
If a user opens the app during the Quiet Mode time slot, the app will remind him of the same. It will show the time remaining for the mode to end along with the Manage Quiet Mode option. The latter will help users make changes to the schedule if they wish to do so for any reason.
In an official post, here is what Facebook said:
“As we all adjust to new routines and staying home, setting boundaries for how you spend your time online can be helpful. 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."