I downloaded the dev preview of WP 8.1 and temporarily set my region to US in order to test Cortana. During my testing, I could configure the so-called quiet hours feature.

After I've tested Cortana to my heart's content, I set my region back to what it originally was. The reason for that has to do with the store, the different regions' different currencies and the fact that I use pre-paid cards to buy stuff.

Now that Cortana's (temporarily) gone from my phone, I noticed I still get notifications in the middle of the night (from 2 AM to 6 AM); so obviously the quiet hours feature didn't work.

Is there a way to enable that feature without enabling Cortana, or am I forced to set my region to US until Cortana is available in my region, if I want to sleep well at night without toggling all notifications every time I go to bed or wake up?


As far as I know, quiet hours is a Cortana feature. When I have her enabled, there is a "quiet hours" option in my settings menu. That redirects me to Cortana's quiet hours settings menu. This leads me to believe she must be enabled.

Here's quiet hours in my settings menu Settings

Look at the top of the screen, it says Cortana. Cortana

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    Very bad MS. So bad.
    – Lessneek
    Dec 15 '14 at 23:16
  • @AlexanderLogger Not really. If Quiet Hours is managed by Cortana, why should it work when Cortana is disabled? It's like berating Apple because you can't use your iPhone while it's turned off.
    – RareNCool
    Apr 8 '15 at 13:02
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    @Shawn iPhone has integrated Quiet Hours and it works without enabled Siri. Hence why on Earth Windows Phone should has Cortana enabled to perform such a simple offline feature as Quiet Hours.
    – Lessneek
    Apr 15 '15 at 9:13
  • @AlexanderLogger I get what you mean, but what I'm saying is that iPhone's Quiet Hours (or DND, or whatever it's called) is not integrated into Siri-- leastways not as deeply as WP Quiet Hours is integrated into Cortana. And since it's part of Cortana, you turn it off when you turn Cortana off.
    – RareNCool
    Apr 15 '15 at 13:54
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    @Shawn yes, I'm talking about a big design mistake that QH is a part of the Cortana, and not a part of a core system.
    – Lessneek
    Apr 16 '15 at 14:41

WP8.1 - You can add Quiet Hours as one of your four Quick Actions. Go to Settings | Notifications, tap one box and assign it to Quiet Hours. When you slide down your Notifications it will be available as a toggle. Alas, no Cortana voice command yet.

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    You can add the toggle, yes, but if you actually try to use it, you'll be prompted to enable Cortana. So this doesn't actually solve the problem.
    – Indrek
    Mar 23 '16 at 7:23

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