Facebook has announced that an all-new “Quiet Mode” feature will mute “most push notifications” in its app. The mode will be “remind” users that they “set this time aside to limit your time in the app.” The update comes at a time when people around the world are staying indoors to curb the spread of coronavirus. With Quiet Mode, Facebook is aiming to help users to “find the right balance” whilst using the app. Facebook is currently rolling out the feature on iOS, however, iPhone users in South Africa are yet to receive the update. Android users are expected to receive the ‘Quiet Mode’ feature in May.
Although Facebook does not clarify how the feature fully works or what type of push notifications will be hidden, the Quiet Mode feature itself can be manually activated/deactivated in addition to being scheduled. If users open the Facebook app while Quiet Mode is activated, a message will also appear reminding them of the mode. Also, users will not get to see the badges that frequently appear over Facebook Watch icon inside the app when Quiet Mode is activated. Currently, Facebook offers the option to mute push notifications (can be enabled via the Notification Settings), however, the feature does not hide notifications or badges when the users are on the app.
Quiet Mode is reportedly added to the app’s “Your Time on Facebook” dashboard that can be found under the Settings & Privacy section. To access Settings and Privacy, users can click on the three vertical-line-icon available at the bottom right corner on the homepage of the app.