I get a lot of annoying spam calls and texts. I want my phone to only give me a sound notification when someone from my contacts list calls or texts me. So I turned on the Do Not Disturb mode, and selected the priories, so that I only get notifications from my contacts.

The problem with this, is that now none of my apps give me notifications. I still want to get notifications from certain apps, like Skype for instance. So I clicked on the app notifications, to select the apps that I want to override the do not disturb. But I am only given a few odd app choices, not all of my apps. (See photo) But if I turn off do not disturb, I get spam calls and texts all day, which is pretty annoying.

Can anyone help me figure out how I can get sound notifications from my contacts only (Call and Text), but still get other app notifications?

I appreciate anyone's help. Thanks!

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  • Do you have non-stock OS, like Samsung? I'm on a Pixel and (1) the "do not disturb" app menu lists all the apps and (2) there's also a menu called "display options for hidden notifications" that lets me select "no sound from notifications"
    – Mike B
    Mar 26, 2021 at 0:36
  • I don't think I have non-stock OS. I fixed the issue, with the answer below from svin83. But thanks for the comment. : ) Mar 26, 2021 at 17:39

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You could be better off with another approach like for example:

  1. Set the notification sounds for SMS and ringtone to an empty audio clip. (no sound)
  2. Add all your contacts to a contact group.
  3. Set your preferred SMS/ringtone sounds for that entire contact-group.

This may be better for long term use since it won't hide and silence notifications of all installed apps.

Note: This may depend on your phone make/model/firmware.

Answering your question

I'll use Skype as an example.

Open app info for skype

Notification settings
Select notifications, then tap the name of any notification category (not the toggle switch).

Then toggle (enable) the option named Ignore do not disturb at the bottom the list.

  • Thank you so much! This solved my problem! Feb 3, 2021 at 1:52
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    Glad I could help you out.
    – svin83
    Feb 3, 2021 at 4:45

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