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Few weeks back I have posted about how you can schedule to turn on the silent mode on your Android device automatically with the help of some useful smartphone apps. This is very useful feature as you can schedule your phone to be silent for a meeting or for a movie which you are going to watch or for any other thing in the middle of which you would hate to be disturbed by a phone call or ringtone.

Though Android needs some third party apps for such feature, Windows Phone 8.1 OS comes with this functionality by default known as Quiet Hours. As the name suggests, this feature is designed to provide you some quiet moments from your phone.

When the Quiet Hours mode is activated on your Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, all calls will directly go to the voicemail and notifications sounds will be silent. You can also add some exceptions as “Inner Circles” for the important people like your boss or family members, so when you receive a call or text from them Quiet Hours will still notify you about it.

Quit Hours can be activated on Windows Phone 8.1 manually or automatically based on the rules and conditions defined by you. Here I am going to share both manual and automatic way to set up Quiet Hours on Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone.

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HOW TO : Set Up the Quiet Hours on Windows Phone 8.1


There are two methods which you can use to activate the Quiet Hours manually - by using the Cortana voice assistant or by creating a quick action short cut for turning on the Quite Hours on your Windows Phone 8.1. Both of these methods are shared below.

Activating Quiet Hours Manually on Windows Phone 8.1 by Creating a Quick Action Shortcut


1. First of all, go to the Settings

2. Scroll to the "notifications + actions" and tap on it to open.

3. Now look for the "Choose your quick actions" section. Tap on an icon slot to assign a quick action.

Activating Quiet Hours Manually on Windows Phone 8.1 by Creating a Quick Action Shortcut

4. On the new page, you will find the list of applications and functionality which you can assign to the Quick Actions. Just select the Quite Hours from that list.

5. Now whenever you want to activate the Quiet Hours, just pull down the notification center and tap on the half crescent moon icon of the Quiet Hours to activate. You can turn it off following the same method.

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Activating Quiet Hours Manually using Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1


1. Tap on the "Search" bar to open the Cortana

2. Now tap on the three lines on the top right corner to open Cortana's Notebook.

3. Tap on the "Quiet Hours" to open its settings and options.

Activating Quiet Hours Manually using Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1

4. Now, tap on the on/off slider for "Right Now" option to activate the Quiet Hours.

5. To turn it off, just tap on the slider again. Keep in mind that your device will be in Quiet Hours mode until you do not turn it off manually.

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HOW TO : Set Up the Quiet Hours Automatically on Windows Phone 8.1


1. Follow the first three steps to enter the Quiet Hours settings from Cortana.

2. Look right below the "Right Now" option to find the "Automatic Rules" option as shown in the above image.

3. Tap on the on/off slider of Automatic Rules to activate it.

4. You will find now two options for the Automatic Rules. You can turn on Quiet Hours automatically for the days you select or for the calendar events marked Busy. You can also select the starting and ending time if you are setting up the Automatic rules based on the days.

5. Just select the days and time or the calendar events for which you would like the Quiet Hours to be activated automatically on Windows Phone 8.1

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HOW TO : Set Up the Inner Circles and Breakthrough Rules for Quiet Hours on Windows Phone 8.1


1. Once you reach the Quiet Hours settings page using Cortana scroll down to the Breakthrough Rules section. Here you will find the options to create exceptions for the Quiet Hours. There will be separate settings and options available for the phone calls and text messages.

HOW TO : Set Up the Inner Circles and Breakthrough Rules for Quiet Hours on Windows Phone 8.1

2. First of all, click on the "Edit Inner Circle" button to add or delete people to your Inner Circles on Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana will suggest you to add people based on your interaction with them. You can also tap on the "plus" icon at the bottom of the screen to search and add people in your Inner Circle.

Include every important people under Inner Circle of whom calls and text messages you would like to receive even during Quiet Hours. Once your done with setting up the Inner Circle, come back to the Quiet Hours settings page again.

3. Now, just select the Breakthrough Rules for the calls and texts you will receive during Quiet Hours. You can either just select the Inner Circle as exception or use more conditions provided for better desired settings for the Quiet Hours on your Windows Phone 8.1

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