Facebook is rolling out a new feature called ‘Quiet Mode’ which will pause “most” push notifications and remind you that it’s turned on when you try to open the software on your phone while the mode is still active.

The company announced the change as an update on its COVID Newsroom post, describing it as a way for users to set boundaries around how they spend their time on Facebook as they adjust to new routines and to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Quiet Mode is enabled, you can mute all notifications from the Facebook app and even see a warning when you try to open the app. For instance, if you have Quiet Mode enabled and you open the Facebook app, you’ll see a splash screen telling you that the feature is enabled with a countdown to when it will turn off.

Facebook announced the new Quiet Mode feature in an update to its ongoing blog post about “keeping people safe and informed about the coronavirus.” The company wrote:

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. We also added shortcuts to Notification Settings and News Feed Preferences, so you can make the most of your time on Facebook by controlling the type of posts you see in your News Feed as well as the updates you receive.

In addition to Quiet Mode, Facebook says it’s also added new shortcuts to the notification settings and News Feed preferences panel, so “you can make the most of your time on Facebook by controlling the type of posts you see in your News Feed as well as the updates you receive.”

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