Sometimes, Android user may need or desire interruptions of incoming calls, messages, alarm or other notifications of apps during the normal working in order not to miss some very important call etc.  In a new feature of the Android 5.1, user may set only priority interruptions; either for an indefinite period or for a set period of time.

You may also set the priority interruption for your Android 5.1 Lollipop device but if you need, see the instructions.


1: Tap the icon of ‘Settings’ on the Home screen of your Android 5.1 Lollipop device to open up the ‘Settings’ screen.AndroidInterruption12: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section, and tap ‘Sounds & notification’. It will open up the ‘Sounds & notification’ screen.AndroidInterruption23: At the ‘Sounds & notification’ screen, tap the ‘Interruptions’.AndroidInterruption34: At the ‘Interruptions’ screen, see the current status of ‘When calls and notifications arrive’ is ‘Always interrupt’. It means any incoming call or any other notification about any app on your Android device will always interrupt in the calls or any other ongoing on activity.

If you want to change the status of ‘When calls and notifications arrive’, tap it. It will open up a popup menu.AndroidInterruptionOnlyPriority15: In this popup menu, see there are 3 options:

  1. Always interrupt
  2. Allow only priority interruptions
  3. Don’t interrupt

If you want to allow the Android device to ‘Allow only priority interruptions’, tap it. It will open up a prompt.AndroidInterruptionOnlyPriority26: The prompt has ‘Allow only priority interruptions’ with 9 options of time. It includes; ‘Indefinitely’ and for the periods, starting from 8 hours to just 15 minutes periods. You may select either ‘Indefinitely’ or any other period of time. Current selection is ‘Indefinitely’.AndroidInterruptionOnlyPriority37: For instant, I tapped ‘For 8 hours’, i.e. from now onward, the incoming calls or other notifications will interrupt your calls for the next 8 hours only.AndroidInterruptionOnlyPriority4Alternatively, you may select any other period of time.

Note: Priority interruption can be chosen and enabled, as desired, from the ones given on the ‘Interruptions’ screen.

8: See the status of ‘When calls and notifications arrive’ is changed to ‘Allow only priority notifications.AndroidInterruptionOnlyPriority5That’s all!

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