Do not disturb iphone

Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Use Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Do Not Disturb, you can silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can also schedule it and allow calls from certain people.

Turn Do Not Disturb on or off

When Do Not Disturb is on, there’s a crescent moon icon do not disturb icon in the status bar. There are two ways to turn it on or off:

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Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb to turn on Do Not Disturb manually or set a schedule.

 

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Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPod touch, or on your iPad. Then touch and hold the crescent moon icon do not disturb icon to quickly adjust your Do Not Disturb settings or tap the crescent moon icon do not disturb icon to turn it on or of

If you set an alarm in the Clock app, the alarm goes off even when Do Not Disturb is on.

Learn how to set and manage your alarms.

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Change your settings

If you don’t want to be disturbed at a certain time, you can set a schedule. Tap Settings > Do Not Disturb, then turn on Scheduled and set a schedule. You can also choose when you want to receive alerts, calls, and notifications:

  • Silence: Choose to silence calls and notifications always or only when the device is locked.
  • Allow Calls From Allow calls from everyone, no one, your favorites, or specific contact groups stored on your device or iCloud.
  • Repeated Calls: If someone calls you twice within three minutes, the second call isn’t silenced.

Set Do Not Disturb on iPhone

To quickly silence iPhone, whether you’re in a movie theater or going to dinner, turn on Do Not Disturb. It silences notifications and calls and prevents them from lighting up the screen.

Turn on Do Not Disturb

Ask Siri. Say something like: “Turn on Do Not Disturb,” or “Turn off Do Not Disturb.” Learn how to ask Siri.

  1. You can also open Control Center, then tap the Do Not Disturb icon to turn on Do Not Disturb.When Do Not Disturb is on, the Do Not Disturb icon appears in the status bar.
  2. To choose an ending time for Do Not Disturb, touch and hold the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center, then choose an option, such as “For 1 hour” or “Until the end of this event.”You can also tap Schedule, turn on Scheduled, then set beginning and ending times.
    The screen for choosing how long to leave on Do Not Disturb—the options are “For 1 hour,” “Until this evening,” “Until I leave this location,” and “Until the end of this event.”

Allow calls when Do Not Disturb is on

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Tap Allow Calls From: To allow incoming calls from selected groups.
    • Turn on Repeated Calls: To allow repeated calls from the same number to come through for emergencies.

Allow calls from emergency contacts when Do Not Disturb is on

You can allow calls and messages from specific contacts when Do Not Disturb is turned on, follow these steps:

  1. Open Contacts.
  2. Select a contact, then tap Edit.
  3. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone, then turn on Emergency Bypass.

Even if it is on, calls and messages from your emergency contacts come through.

Schedule quiet hours

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Turn on Scheduled, then set the start time and end time for quiet hours.

Choose when Do Not Disturb silences iPhone

You can choose whether Do Not Disturb silences iPhone only when it’s locked, or even when it’s unlocked.

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Silence iPhone any time Do Not Disturb is on Tap Always.
    • Silence iPhone only when it’s locked: Tap While iPhone is locked.

 

How to use Do Not Disturb While Driving

With iOS 11 and later, your iPhone can sense when you might be driving and prevent notifications.

With iOS 11 and later, the first time your iPhone senses that you might be driving, it shows a description of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature after you stop. If it doesn’t appear, follow the steps below.

Tap Turn On While Driving, and it will turn on automatically when your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth1 or when your iPhone senses driving motion.

You can change the method that your iPhone uses to determine whether you’re driving or turn the feature on manually.

Do Not Disturb While Driving isn’t available in all countries or regions.

Turn it on and off in Control Center

You can let Do Not Disturb While Driving turn on automatically, or add it to Control Center for quick access:

  1. Go to Settings > Control Center, then tap Customize Controls.
  2. Tap  next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.

On an iPhone X or later, you can swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen and tap Do Not Disturb while driving icon to turn the feature on or off. Or on an iPhone 8 or earlier, you can swipe up from the bottom of your screen and tap Do Not Disturb while driving icon to turn the feature on or off.

What to expect when Do Not Disturb While Driving is on

Here’s what to expect when Do Not Disturb While Driving is turned on.

Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply letting them know that you’re driving. If the message is important, the sender can type the word “urgent” to make sure that you receive a notification. Then you can pull over to read their important message or ask Siri to read it to you.

  • iPhone delivers some notifications, such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms.
  • Phone calls are delivered using the same conditions as standard Do Not Disturb: You can allow calls only from your Favorites, and you can allow calls to come through if the same person calls twice in a row.
  • when your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual, and you can use the buttons, microphones, and speakers in your car to take your call.
  • If you use Maps to navigate, your iPhone still shows lock-screen navigation help and gives turn-by-turn instructions.
  • If you’re a passenger and you try to use your iPhone while the feature is active, you must tap I’m Not Driving to turn it off.

Customize features for Do Not Disturb While Driving

To customize it While Driving works, go to Settings, then tap Do Not Disturb.

Tap Activate to choose how you’d like it While Driving to turn on.

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  • Automatically: Your iPhone uses information like motion detection and network connections to sense that you might be driving, and turns on the feature. 
  • When Connected to Car Bluetooth: Do Not Disturb While Driving starts when your phone connects to the hands-free system in your car.
  • Manually: Use Control Center to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving before you start.
  • Activate with Carplay: This automatically enables Do Not Disturb While Driving when you connect your iPhone to Car Play Use Auto-Reply To to choose who receives an auto-reply when you have Not Disturb While Driving enabled.

You can also customize the message people receive when they try to message you. If someone still needs to contact you, they can break through Do Not Disturb by sending “urgent” as an additional message.

 

Keep Do Not Disturb While Driving enabled on your child’s phone

Are you the parent of a young driver? You can prevent changes to Do Not Disturb While Driving to make sure that it remains a part of their safe driving habits.

On your child’s iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time, then tap Turn on Screen Time.
  2. Tap Continue, then tap This is My Child’s iPhone. From here, you can follow the prompts to enable specific restrictions, or tap Not Now until you reach Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Tap Continue, then create a Parent Passcode.
  4. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your parent passcode.
  5. Scroll down and tap Do Not Disturb While Driving, then tap Don’t Allow.

After you enable this feature on your child’s device, they won’t be able to turn it off without the parent passcode.

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