Disconnect For Summer

It’s the summer season here in New Zealand and everything will go quiet for Christmas and New Year over the next few weeks as people enjoy the Yuletide and then have beach holidays galore.

Lets talk about that holiday because your tech services and especially via your phone aren’t going to want you to fully enjoy the time with mate, family, and the great outdoors. It’ll be pinging, and bleeping, and flashing to get your attention.

It’s time to disconnect.


  • Open your device’s Settings app

  • Tap Accounts. If you have more than one account on your device, tap the one you want.

  • Tap Account sync.

  • Turn off the features you don't want to auto-sync.

To turn off ALL app auto-sync:

  • Open your device’s Settings

  • Scroll to the bottom of the Accounts list

  • Turn off Automatically sync data

Note: Turning off auto-sync for an app doesn't remove the app. It only stops the app from automatically refreshing your data.


Manage app notifications

  • Go to Settings > Notifications.

  • You will see a list of all your apps here, and you can turn off the notifications.

Uninstall Apps

Some apps (especially in Android) won’t let you turn off auto-sync, our advice is to uninstall them from your phone. You can always re-install them post your holiday.

In fact, this is an excellent opportunity to have clean up and remove all those apps you no longer use, find annoying, or just don’t care for anymore.


  • Open your device's Settings app

  • Tap Apps & notifications.

  • Tap the app you want to uninstall. If you don't see it, first tap See all apps or App info.

  • Tap Uninstall.


  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Tap General.

  • Tap [Device] Storage.

  • Select the app you want to delete.

  • Tap Delete app.

  • Tap Delete to confirm that you want to delete the app.

Gmail 'Out Of Office'

And let people know you'll not be talking with them until you feel the need to do work stuff again (if you ever have that need)

  • On your computer, open Gmail.

  • In the top right, click the Cog icon, Settings.

  • Scroll down to the "Vacation responder" / “Out of Office AutoReply” section.

  • Select on.

  • Fill in the date range, subject, and message.

  • Under your message, check the box if you only want your contacts to see your reply.

  • At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Leave a comment with how to silence / remove the apps you’d like to go silent during this time away from tech.