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How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Gmail’s Snooze function is handy, but the default times might not be suitable for you. Here’s how you can customize and change the snooze times.

When you use Snooze in Gmail, the default options change depending on the time of day and week, but there are three default times: morning, afternoon, and evening. These are set to 08:00 (8:00 a.m.), 13:00 (1:00 p.m.), and 18:00 (6:00 p.m.), respectively.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

You can set this to any date and time manually, but it’s a bit frustrating, not to mention inefficient to do so for every email.

For example, if you use Gmail for work, you might want to snooze emails until just before your 9:30 a.m. daily team meeting. If Gmail is your personal account, you might want to snooze emails until 7:30 p.m., so they appear when you have time to read them. Whatever the reason, there’s an easy way to change the default snooze times.

If you’ve searched Gmail high and low for these defaults and come up empty-handed, there’s a good reason for that. The defaults are managed in Google Keep—Google’s note-taking app.

We’ve covered Keep before, but for now, we’re going to focus on how to change the default snooze times.

First, log into your Google account and open Google Keep. Click the Gear icon in the top-right corner, and then select “Settings.”

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

In the Settings panel, change the “Reminder Defaults” to the default snooze times you want, and then click “Save.”

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Return to Gmail and click the Snooze button (it looks like a clock); the default times should now be those you selected.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

The only downside is the default times for snoozing emails, and the Google Keep task reminders have to be the same. However, if Gmail is a critical part of your workflow, you can probably live with this.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Because Google killed the greatest email app of all time and left us with Gmail, which still lacks some of the features I loved so much about Inbox, I’ve spent the better part of the past year or so jumping between both Gmail and third party email options. I’m back on Gmail mostly for now, as its experience has improved and third party options have their own issues.

That story aside, there is one thing that has bugged me for some time in Gmail and that’s the default snooze options for emails. Figuring out how to change Gmail default snooze times took me far too long and that’s because you don’t do it in Gmail – you do it in Google Keep. For real.

How to change Gmail snooze times

You guys know what I’m talking about, right? Gmail default snooze times are those that pop-up with suggestions for “Later today,” “Tomorrow,” “This weekend,” and “Next week.” The pop-up also lets you manually pick a date and time.

They look like the image below and are super handy, assuming you like the times they present. If you don’t and decide that instead of 7AM tomorrow, you’d like your default next day snooze time to be 9AM, changing that won’t happen within Gmail. This sounds so stupid, but you seriously have to go change them in Google Keep, which is Google’s note taking and list app.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

So, if you want to change those times, you’ll open Google Keep, tap the gear icon in the top right (on desktop), then Settings, and then look for “Reminder Defaults.” Those Reminder Defaults are the times that show up as snooze options in Gmail, if you can believe that. Changing those will immediately change them in Gmail (with a save in Keep and refresh in Gmail).

More specifically, the “Morning” Keep time changes your “Tomorrow” snooze time in Gmail and the “Evening” Keep time changes your “Later today” time in Gmail. The “Morning” time also influences the “This weekend” and “Next week” options.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

This isn’t necessarily a new trick or tip, but it’s one that I just recently (today) attempted to figure out. So many third party email apps have this functionality built right in and I’m still not sure why Gmail doesn’t. Either way, if you didn’t know this, hopefully this helped. If you did, well, pat yourself on the back and find a beer to sip.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Inbox by Gmail has been one of the best things to happen to my email. What used to be something that was terrifying has become more of a breeze and not so much to tackle. “Inbox Zero” used to be a myth, and is now something I see on a regular basis. One of the features of Inbox that has made this possible is the Snooze feature. That feature is being updated today to become even better.

A new post on the Official Gmail Blog outlines how Snooze times are now customizable. Before, “This evening” and “Tomorrow” times were up to whatever default Inbox had in place. Now, either through settings or a prompt after choosing a custom time, you can change what the Snooze times are. If you are a student who sleeps until the start of your 10:00 AM class, or a mom who is up by 5:30 AM to take care of kids, Snooze will now work with your schedule.

The post also mentions that contacts are now accessible through Inbox on the web. It also mentions to look out for other features such as easier ways to delete emails, and add a signature for emails in Inbox.

All day Google pushed out its news today as opposed to tomorrow in preparation for April Fool’s Day, something Google really enjoys taking part of. They have already put Pac-Man on Google Maps to kick things off early. Keep a lookout tomorrow for a post from us showing all the April Fool’s Day pranks being pulled around the Internet.

With Android P soon on the way, most users have probably only recently updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, let alone Android 8.1. Android Oreo brings a ton of useful features such as better battery life/memory usage thanks to strict background app limitations, a picture-in-picture mode, notification channels, quicker boot times, and an Autofill API for password managers. Another useful feature is notification snoozing, a feature which finally allows you to temporarily dismiss notifications to declutter your status bar. By default, you are only allowed to snooze notifications for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours, but if you are running Android 8.1 Oreo, it’s possible to customize those numbers without root. Here’s how.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Default Oreo Notification Snooze Durations

How to Customize the Notification Snooze Durations on Android 8.1 Oreo

Although Android 8.0 Oreo introduced notification snoozing, it wasn’t until Android 8.1 Oreo that Google introduced a way to customize the snooze durations. Hence, this tutorial will only work on Android 8.1 devices such as the Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Nokia 8, and any device running a custom AOSP-based Android 8.1 ROM.

The method we are using involves changing a hidden setting via the Android Debug Bridge (ADB). Since this does not involve unlocking your bootloader or rooting your device, you can take OTA updates or make payments via Android Pay. All you need is your device, your PC, and an app developed by XDA Forum Moderator Zacharee1 called SystemUI Tuner. The app is available for free on the Google Play Store, but make sure you are running version 248 otherwise you won’t have access to this new feature.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to use this app to change the notification snooze duration on Android 8.1 Oreo:

  1. Set up ADB on your computer by following our tutorial here.
  2. Open a command prompt or terminal and enter the following: adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
  3. Start up the SystemUI Tuner app and go through the setup screens.
  4. Tap “to the tweaks.”How to customize gmail’s default snooze times
  5. Accept the warning that pops up.
  6. Tap on “Miscellaneous.”How to customize gmail’s default snooze times
  7. Scroll down to the “Notification Snoozing” part.How to customize gmail’s default snooze times
  8. For the “default” pick the time, in minutes, that the notification snooze duration should default to.
  9. For “Time A” through “Time D” pick the 4 times, in minutes, that the notification snooze durations should be set to. For example, if I want 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, and 6 hours I would put 30, 60, 120, and 360 from A to D respectively.
  10. Make sure that the “default” snooze duration matches one of the numbers you picked in step #9.
  11. Finally, in order to make this stick on a reboot, tap on the menu button in the top right of the app and select “Settings.” Then, toggle “Safe Mode” to allow the app to restore these values on reboot.How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

You’re done! Something to keep in mind is that enabling “Safe Mode” displays an annoying notification in the status bar, but you can easily hide that notification by long-pressing on it and disabling its notification channel. Also, your new notification snooze durations won’t be available on any existing notification in your status bar—only new notifications that come in after you make this change.

Snooze Button on Notifications in Android 8.1 Oreo

As a bonus, since you’ve already gone through the trouble of setting up SystemUI Tuner, you can play around with any of the other features offered in the app! There are lots of little tweaks here and there that might make your UI a little more pleasant to look at!

How this works

Okay, so some of you might be wondering how exactly this works. It’s rather simple, Google added a developer option that allows for changing the notification snooze options. This option can only be accessed via ADB since it resides in the Settings table. You can either change this option directly via ADB or grant an app the WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS permission like we did above so the app can access the table.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

This option can be changed by issuing a command like this in ADB:

which is exactly how Zacharee1’s SystemUI Tuner app does it. I found out this little trick myself and asked Zacharee1 to add it to his app to make it a little easier on you guys, so enjoy this tweak!

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

While Apple does not actually allow you to change the snooze time on the iPhone, there are two ways to get around this and change the iPhone snooze time anyway: with a Clock app workaround involving setting multiple alarms at your preferred intervals and with a third-party alarm app. We’ll show you how to change the snooze time on the iPhone using either option.

How to Change Snooze Time on the iPhone in the Clock app

  • How Long Is Snooze on the iPhone?
    iPhone alarms have a snooze time of 9 minutes, which can seem like an eternity if you are a heavy sleeper or short-lived if you need a little extra time.
  • Why Is Snooze 9 Minutes?
    The 9-minute iPhone snooze time has its origins in the physical limitations of mechanical alarm clocks; setting a 10-minute snooze interval was not physically possible. Why Apple decided to stick with the 9-minute snooze interval when the iPhone has no such limitations is a question only they can answer.

Since adjusting the nine-minute snooze time isn’t an option with the iPhone’s alarm app, one way to work around that is to set multiple alarms at your preferred snooze intervals. Instead of enabling the iPhone alarm snooze option, you can make multiple alarms for 2, 5, or 10-minute intervals, for example. Below are the steps to quickly set multiple alarms as an alternative to changing the iPhone snooze time.

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Change the iPhone Snooze Time

You can adjust the iPhone snooze time in the Clock app by setting multiple alarms at your preferred snooze intervals.

  1. Open the Clock app.

Tap + in the top right corner to create a new alarm.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

Turn Snooze off by tapping on the toggle button.

How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

  • Set your alarm time by sliding up and down on the clock.
  • Hit Save in the top right corner.

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    How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

    Repeat steps 2–5 for as many alarms as you need at your preferred snooze intervals.

    How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

    How to Change Snooze Time on the iPhone with an App

    If you don’t want the hassle of setting up multiple alarms in order to change the snooze time on your iPhone, the simple solution is to download an alarm clock app. There are multiple free alarm clock apps that you can find in the App Store, including apps that let you customize your snooze times and apps for those of us who are heavy sleepers. Here are our choices for some apps that can help you get your well-deserved rest.

    Best iPhone Alarm Clock Apps to Change the iPhone Snooze Time

    1. Loud Alarm (Free)
      This very loud alarm app lets you set the iPhone alarm snooze for 2, 5, 9, 10, 15, or 30 minutes. It also features different sounds, from car/fire alarms to chalkboard nails, that are sure to wake you up. This app has a minimalist design and easy-to use-interface; you can simply click on the alarm icon to set your alarm or enable voice commands. It is free to use the basic features. but does have additional features that you have to pay for, such as removing ads, additional alarm sounds, and even different character voices.

    How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

  • Alarm Clock for Me(Free)
    With this alarm, you can change snooze time on the iPhone to intervals from 1 to 60 minutes. It comes with an option to wake up to your favorite music; and if you still need a little extra help getting up, it has an option to flash your phone lights with your alarm. This app has a simple user interface, which makes it very easy to set your alarms. If you’re the type of person who wants complete control of their snooze times, Alarm Clock for Me is the alarm clock for you.
  • Alarmy (Free)
    This alarm allows you to set the iPhone snooze time for 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes. There are tons of different ways to wake up in the morning, including shaking, taking pictures, solving math problems, playing memory games, and more. This app was easy to use and was one of our favorites. Its different options to wake up make getting up in the morning a thrill. Outside of its basic features, it has an option for a monthly or lifetime subscription that provides you with more options to help you wake up, including typing, walking, and even a time pressure option that will read you the time and alarm label every minute until you get up.

    While we shouldn’t rely on it, every so often we need to hit the snooze button to get a few additional minutes of precious sleep. Depending on which OEM skin is running on your device, this could be either five or ten extra minutes of dozing. However, some of us need a different length of time.

    Back in the 1950s when snooze was first invented, 10 minutes was considered too long, as people would fall back asleep. We now know it’s much more complicated than that and dependent on whether someone is a light or heavy sleeper, so the default five or ten minute snooze length may not be right for you. Fortunately, the Clock app on our smartphones provides us with full customization, letting us pick the exact length we need for how we sleep.

    Stock Android (Pixel, Motorola, Nokia, Essential, Etc.)

    Changing the default snooze length is pretty straightforward on stock Android. Since the procedure involves the Google-developed Clock app, any skin which comes preinstalled with this app will follow the same procedure.

    Open the Clock app and select the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen. For a time other than the default 10 minutes, Locate the grouping Alarms and select “Snooze length” to choose a new snooze length.

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    Samsung Experience (Samsung)

    Unlike stock Android, Samsung doesn’t have a global snooze length modifier. Instead, the snooze length is configured for each alarm set. Open the Clock app and select an alarm listed under the Alarms tab. Select the option “Snooze” to adjust the duration of snooze.

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    LG UX (LG)

    Just like Samsung Experience, LG doesn’t have a global snooze length modifier. Select one of the alarms listed under the Alarms tab in your Clock app. Choose “Snooze duration,” then select a new length (the default length is 5 minutes).

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    MiFavor UI (ZTE)

    MiFavor UI, the skin running on ZTE devices, also doesn’t include a global snooze length modifier. Therefore, each alarm snooze length must be configured individually. Open the Clock app and select the alarm you wish to modify. Select “Snooze” to choose a time greater than the default 5 minutes.

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    Oxygen OS (OnePlus)

    With the Clock app open on your OnePlus device, select the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner, then choose “Snooze length” to adjust the length to something other than the default 5 minutes. This setting will apply to all existing and future alarms.

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    EMUI (Huawei & Honor)

    If you have a Huawei or Honor device, open the Clock app and select the Alarms tab. Choose the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and select “Settings.” Choose “Snooze duration” and select a new snooze length from the list.

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    Sense UI (HTC)

    For HTC phones, open the Clock app and select the Alarms tab. Choose the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and select “Settings.” Choose “Snooze duration” and select a new snooze length from the list.

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    Regardless of the skin, changing the duration of snooze is pretty straightforward. While it is pretty widely covered that you should not use the snooze button, like with any habit, it takes time to break. In the meantime, you can enjoy the extra few minutes of sleep, whether you need a minute or two, or more than ten.

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    How to customize gmail’s default snooze times

    Inbox by Gmail has been one of the best things to happen to my email. What used to be something that was terrifying has become more of a breeze and not so much to tackle. “Inbox Zero” used to be a myth, and is now something I see on a regular basis. One of the features of Inbox that has made this possible is the Snooze feature. That feature is being updated today to become even better.

    A new post on the Official Gmail Blog outlines how Snooze times are now customizable. Before, “This evening” and “Tomorrow” times were up to whatever default Inbox had in place. Now, either through settings or a prompt after choosing a custom time, you can change what the Snooze times are. If you are a student who sleeps until the start of your 10:00 AM class, or a mom who is up by 5:30 AM to take care of kids, Snooze will now work with your schedule.

    The post also mentions that contacts are now accessible through Inbox on the web. It also mentions to look out for other features such as easier ways to delete emails, and add a signature for emails in Inbox.

    All day Google pushed out its news today as opposed to tomorrow in preparation for April Fool’s Day, something Google really enjoys taking part of. They have already put Pac-Man on Google Maps to kick things off early. Keep a lookout tomorrow for a post from us showing all the April Fool’s Day pranks being pulled around the Internet.

    Relatives are great, aren’t they? But do you really need to see their emails popping into your inbox every hour? Wouldn’t it be better if you only heard from them once a day? Or even once a week? Google’s new Inbox platform makes this simple to achieve, and you can apply the same approach to any of the filters that you’ve created.

    It goes without saying—but we’ll say it anyway—that you’ll have to adapt this to suit your own needs. Don’t put messages from your auntie on snooze if she’s likely to ask for emergency assistance via email. Perhaps bundling incoming messages from your friends or colleagues would work better for you, so modify the steps to fit in with what you need.

    First of all you need a filter. Scroll down the left-hand menu in Inbox and click Create new. , then type out “Family” in the pop-up window. Once the label is up on screen, click Add to choose the messages that are going to be filtered into it. You can create the filter via the standard Gmail interface if you prefer. You can get back to this settings screen at any time by clicking on the cog icon next to the relevant label.

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    The subsequent screen lets you specify email addresses to include in the filter. Type out an address and you’ll see matching messages appear below. Choose Save and any future messages will automatically have this label attached. The drop-down menus also let you highlight emails based on keywords, if you want to snooze all mentions of next summer’s outdoor adventure trip until future notice.

    With that done, all that’s left is to turn the bundling feature on via the toggle switch and choose your snooze time. At the moment, Inbox doesn’t let you customize this, so it’s either 7am every day or Monday at 7am every week. Messages matching the filter will appear in a bundled clump (like Updates and Social do by default) and at the time you specify, so if you only want to hear from the family once a day, this is an easy way to do it.

    If you go back to the usual Gmail interface you’ll find the messages appearing in the inbox as normal, though with the specified label automatically applied. The ‘snooze’ feature only kicks in when you’re using Inbox. It’s an example of the differences between the two approaches and one reason why you might want to stick with Inbox. For some, the extra control over your email flow will be a welcome help; for others, it’s going to feel far too interfering.

    Alarms, where would we be without them? Probably sleeping in late till past noon and unable to show up to work on time which makes them the necessary evil in our lives. The stock clock app on iOS is clock, alarm, timer, all in one. Where it fills so many requirements, it doesn’t make room for a lot of customization. The same can be said for Android but customizing it isn’t much of a problem ever. That said, iOS users can always Jailbreak and if you have, give Safe Alarm PRO a try. It’s a Cydia tweak available in BigBoss repository for $0.99 that lets you customize how you turn alarms off (the swipe and power button behavior) and also customize the volume and snooze duration for each individual alarm.

    Install Safe Alarm PRO, and head over to the Settings app. Settings for Safe Alarm PRO are split between the Settings app and the Clock app. In the Settings app, the Safe Alarm PRO preference lets you change the behavior of the power button and the swipe action. The option to access the alarms from the Control Center didn’t work though.

    If you don’t want to enable any of these options, you can skip visiting the preference altogether and just head over to the Clock app. Add the alarm you want to customize or tap one of the existing ones. Scroll down and enable Safe Alarm PRO for that alarm.

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    After you enable Safe Alarm PRO for an alarm, scroll further down the alarm editing screen and you can change the snooze duration. You can also pick what unit of time i.e. seconds, minutes, or hours, the snooze time should be measured in and I really like that because it lets me set a fifteen minute or thirty minute snooze alarm negating the need to add multiple alarms just so I can get up on time everyday.

    Below the snooze settings are the volume options; you can choose the volume level for an alarm and you can also turn vibration off for the alarm for when your phone is set to ring or when it’s set to vibrate. This is another great option if you’re trying to conserve your phone’s battery.

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    Lastly, there is the auto-dismiss option which lets you set how soon the alarm will automatically turn itself off if you don’t respond to it. This setting supports time in seconds and minutes. Safe Alarm PRO is pretty comprehensive and for $0.99, it’s well worth it.

    • When you hit snooze on an alarm from your iPhone’s default Clock app, the alarm turns off for nine minutes.
    • You can’t change how long your alarm snoozes for on the Clock app.
    • There are a few workarounds, however, including setting multiple alarms with or without a snooze or using other apps.
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    If you wake up to an alarm on your iPhone and hit snooze, you’ll get nine additional minutes, no more, no less. The iPhone Clock app doesn’t just default to a nine-minute snooze cycle; that’s its only choice.

    But if nine minutes is too long or too short, there are several workarounds that give you power over your snooze settings.

    Why is nine minutes the default?

    Most alarm clocks default to nine minutes of snooze time. This tradition stems from limitations on the physical gears of mechanical clocks .

    Ten minutes might have been a perfect amount of snooze time (and a nice round number), but mechanical clocks can’t snooze for exactly 10 minutes, so the nine-minute snooze was born.

    The tradition lives on today in your iPhone Clock app.

    How to work around the snooze limits on the Clock app

    There are two ways to use the Clock app that comes with your iPhone and still set your own snooze cycle.

    If you want a shorter snooze cycle, you can set multiple alarms and snoozes. For example, if you needed to be up by about 7:15, you could set an alarm at 7:00 am with the snooze on. Set another alarm for 7:05 am, also with the snooze on. You’ll get your first alarm at 7:00 am, then one at 7:05 and as the two snoozes go off, another at 7:09 and one five minutes later at 7:14. If you need more than three passes at the snooze button, you can set additional alarms.

    Alternatively, you could set a series of alarms to go off at your desired intervals and turn the snooze off on each alarm. All the alarms after the first one effectively function as your snoozes. This gives you the flexibility to set a shorter or longer snooze cycle. On the downside, if you get up before the end of your pre-set snooze sequence, you’ll have to physically turn off the remaining alarms or be annoyed every five minutes as they continue to sound off.

    Alarm apps that let you customize your snooze time on an iPhone

    If setting multiple alarms seems like too much trouble, you could turn to an app from the App Store.

    The Wake Up Time app allows you to customize your snooze settings. Plus, it looks like a very cool old-school alarm clock. This app is free.

    The UHP Alarm Clock Pro not only lets you set the length of each snooze but also tell the app to limit the number of snoozes it allows you. The app can shame-post to social media for you if you don’t get up, letting all your friends know about your snoozing habits. It also includes a setting that requires you to get out of bed and walk around before the alarm stops. This $1.99 app is a good choice if you’re a hardcore sleeper.