How to Turn On Do Not Disturb On the iPhone

The “Do Not Disturb” mode is a special feature on the iPhone that allows to disable all sound notifications, calls and messages when it’s activated.

It’s very convenient to use this function, especially when you go to bed, drive a car, are in a meeting, or simply do not want to be distracted. And today we will tell you how to turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode on the iPhone.

How to Turn On Do Not Disturb On the iPhone

Where is the “Do Not Disturb” button on the iPhone?

First, we’ll figure out how to set the “Do Not Disturb” on the iPhone. To activate the “Do Not Disturb” mode, follow these steps: 

  • Open “Settings”
Open “Settings” - iPhone
  •  Open the “Do Not Disturb” tab
the “Do Not Disturb” tab - iPhone
  • Enable the 'Do Not Disturb' mode
Enable the 'Do Not Disturb' mode - iPhone

When the mode is activated, the crescent moon icon will appear in the status bar at the top of your iPhone screen.

the crescent moon icon - iPhone

This means that now your iPhone is hiding calls and notifications from you.

If you want to deactivate the “Do Not Disturb” feature, do the following:

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Open the “Do Not Disturb” tab
  3. Turn off the mode

The crescent moon icon will disappear from the status bar and your phone will be available for all calls and notifications.

One more way on how to set the “Do Not Disturb” on the iPhone

You can also turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode in another way. For that, use the instruction below:

  • Open the main screen
Open the main screen on your iPhone
  • Swipe your finger up from the very bottom of the screen 
Swipe your finger up from the very bottom of the screen
  • Click on the crescent moon sign
Click on the crescent moon sign - iPhone

The “Do Not Disturb” mode is activated.

You can detect this by the presence of the crescent moon symbol in the status bar.

In order to disable it, use the same steps:

  1. Open the main screen
  2. Swipe up from the very bottom of the screen 
  3. Click on the crescent moon icon

It’s the way that answers the question: where is the “Do Not Disturb” button on the iPhone. It is located in the control center of your iPhone.

The “Do Not Disturb” mode settings

The beauty of this mode is that it has a great variety of options that allow you to activate it automatically. Let's go to the “Do Not Disturb” settings and check out its capabilities. 

  1. Open “Settings”
  2. Choose the “Don Not Disturb” option from the list

"Schedule"

There is a “Schedule” function here. It means that the device can activate the “do not disturb” mode by itself at the desired hours.

  • Turn on the “Scheduled” function
Turn on the “Scheduled” function of the 'Do Not Disturb' mode - iPhone
  • Set the time frame when the phone will block calls and notifications
Set the time frame when an iPhone will block calls and notifications

You can also turn on the "Bedtime" option. In this case, your screen will darken, and all notifications will not be accompanied by a sound signal. However, the alarm will work as normal.

the "Bedtime" option of the 'Do Not Disturb' mode - iPhone

"Silence"

In the “Silence” section, you will see two modes: “Always” or “While iPhone is locked”.

The first one means that notifications and calls will always be silenced. 

And if the second mode is activated, alerts will be hidden only when the device is locked.

To select one of them, tap the necessary option:

the 'Silence' options - iPhone

“Allow Calls From"

Next, you can set up the “Allow Calls From” function.

the “Allow Calls From” function - iPhone

Here, you can configure which calls will be blocked when the “Do Not Disturb” mode is enabled. There are several options to choose from:

  1. “Everyone” - your phone is available for calls
  2. “No One” – calls are blocked on the phone 
  3. Favorites - only selected contacts can call you

Choose the mode that fits best to you and check the appropriate box: 

the “Allow Calls From” function - Favorites

“Repeated calls”

Next, you can enable “Repeated calls”. This way any subscriber who calls several times within three minutes will be able to reach you even if the “do not disturb” mode is on.

Repeated calls - the 'Do Not Dusturb' mode - iPhone

“Do Not Disturb While Driving”

One more useful function is the possibility to switch on the “Do Not Disturb” mode on the iPhone while driving. There is a special tab for that.

  1. Go to iPhone “Settings”
  2. Open the “Do Not Disturb” tab
  3. Select “Activate” under the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” section
Do Not Disturb While Driving - iPhone

There are three options in the opened list: automatically, when connected to car Bluetooth or manually.

If you are a driver, it’s quite inconvenient to manually switch on the mode every time you get behind the wheel. So, pay attention on the following items:

  1. Automatically - the mode will be enabled automatically whenever your iPhone detects driving motion.
  2. When connected to Car Bluetooth - the mode will be turned on when your phone connects to your car devices via Bluetooth.

To select the preferred option, just check the box below:

the 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' options - iPhone

In this article, we looked at how to turn on the “Do Not Disturb” on the iPhone. Now you know how to set up this mode and how you can configure it according your needs. Be sure to use these simple tips. 

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Tom
I have the following problem: I cannot turn off the “Do Not Disturb” mode on my iPhone. What should I do?
William
Try the following steps:

Step 1. Go to the menu “Settings” → “General”.

Step 2. Select the “Reset” section.

Step 3. Click on the “Reset All Settings” button and enter the limited access password if necessary. If you have forgotten the limited access password, then you can find out how to restore it in the instructions below.

Important! It is necessary to choose namely the “Reset All Settings” item. By clicking “Erase All Content and Settings”, you will delete all data from the iPhone and return it to the factory settings.

Step 4. Confirm the reset.

After resetting, the “Do Not Disturb” mode will begin to work normally. Your calls will be no longer blocked when the “Do Not Disturb” mode is turned off, even if the iPhone is in a locked state.
andy
Thank you for the article, but I didn’t understand if the alarm-clock will be trigged if the “Silent” or “Do Not Disturb” mode is enabled on the iPhone?
William
While your iPhone is on, the alarm-clock will be active. That is, yes, your alarm-clock will sound if the “Silent” or “Do Not Disturb” mode is enabled on the iPhone.
Diana
Tell me please, what happens if you receive calls and messages when your smartphone is in the “Do Not Disturb” mode?
Elen
Users who try to get on the phone to a subscriber with the “Do Not Disturb” mode enabled will constantly hear a busy signal.

During a call or receiving a message, the iPhone or iPad screen will not light up. At the same time, the iPhone will inform its owner of the missed call and message.

That is, all attempts to get on the phone to a subscriber with the “Do Not Disturb” mode enabled will be displayed in the history of calls and messages without any sound signals.

For special cases, when only calls from individual subscribers become undesirable, you can add their numbers to the “blacklist” in the gadget settings. But such a lock can be bypassed by calling from a hidden or another number.
tim
Can someone explain the difference between the “Do Not Disturb” and “Silent” modes on the iPhone?
William
1. The “Silent” mode.

This method is used to impose silence upon the iPhone; it is almost certainly related to the toggle switch, which is located above the volume buttons on the left edge. And now you probably instinctively press this switch to stay in silence.

While the audio/silent switch mutes all warnings and notifications (along with sound effects and audio), your iPhone can still vibrate when you receive an incoming call.

And at the same time, your screen lights up when receiving an incoming call or a text message.

You can prevent the iPhone from vibration in the silent mode by going to “Settings” → “Sounds” and switching the vibration toggle switch to the “Silent” mode, but you cannot prevent the screen from turning on, which brings us to the next option.

2. The “Do Not Disturb” mode.

With the “Do Not Disturb” mode enabled, your iPhone will keep silence with the screen being off.

In addition, in the settings of the “Do Not Disturb” mode, you can enable two exceptions from which it will be allowed to receive calls.

In the “Allow Calls From” function, you can choose: “All”, “No One”, “Favorites” or a group created in the “Contacts” application. You can also enable the “Repeat Calls” option; so, if someone is desperate to call you twice within three minutes, your iPhone will ring as usual.
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