How To Use Do Not Disturb On iPhone

Do Not Disturb is one of the best and often ignored features in iOS 6. If your iPhone is home to multiple social network apps, email, messaging and more, I’m guessing it buzzes and beeps plenty throughout your day. While not uncommon, this sort of thing can be extremely distracting when night falls and you’d like to get some well deserved rest. In the past, that mean switching on Airplane mode, which is like taking a hacksaw to a dandelion. With Do Not Disturb enabled, and customized to your preferences, calls and alerts that you designate will be silenced if your iPhone is locked. Read on for how to use do not disturb on iPhone. When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll be well rested and you will not have missed anything important.

use do not disturb on iPhone

Basics
To enable Do Not Disturb, follow these easy steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Toggle Do Not Disturb to ‘On’

Do Not Disturb on

This will enable the feature immediately, using the default settings. This works if you want to be tasked with enabling it each night. Let’s dig a little deeper and personalize the settings that work best for you. Once you enable the feature:

  1. Tap on the ‘Notifications’ option just below it.
  2. Select Do Not Disturb

Here is where you can customize your preferences. The first setting allows you to set a schedule for when Do Not Disturb is active. I typically set my DND, as the cool kids call it, to enable between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am.

Do Not Disturb schedule

What About Calls?
If someone is calling you during your prescribed hours, chances are that it is important or heck, maybe it’s a wrong number. If someone is calling from your family or friends, it probably falls in the important call designation. The default setting is to Allow Calls From > Everyone. If you tap on that row, you can select a group from your Contacts or your Favorites. Of course, if you are set on not being disturbed, you can select No One. If you have groups that might fit the bill, you can also select a group. To further refine the group, I have created a Contact Group titled Disturb Me. This is the list of people who can call me at all hours. Point here is that you have a number of options that include no calls, everyone or a specific group that you designate.

Whitelist callers

As granular as you might get in the previous step, calls that are allowed to come through are based on the contacts and phone numbers on your iPhone. It’s entirely possible that a good friend changed their cellphone number or they lost their iPhone and calling from a pay phone. They still have pay phones, right? Don’t worry, Apple has got your back. The last option in settings is ‘Repeated Calls’. If someone is trying to get in touch with you, chances are pretty good they’ll continue to call your cellphone and your home phone. If they call your iPhone more than once within three minutes, it will not be silenced if you have this option set to ‘On’.

When you have finished your setup, your iPhone will go into Do Not Disturb mode during the scheduled time. You’ll know you’ve set it up correctly when you see a half-moon icon to left of the time on your iPhone. I should note that while you can customize call settings, the same cannot be said for notifications from apps. Your iPhone will continue to receive them, but they will be silenced.

Do Not Disturb enabled

If you are obsessed with notifications, this feature is not for you. If you would like to silence incoming calls, the Do Not Disturb feature is an excellent option. Using the custom settings, you can still ensure that the most important people can reach you and if someone calls repeatedly, your iPhone will ring. If you’ve ever been woken up for a rogue Facebook alert or a wrong number, take a few minutes and setup Do Not Disturb on your iPhone.

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Christopher Meinck is the Founder and Editorial Director at everythingiCafe. You can also find him co-hosting on everythingiCafe :the show. His smartphone obsession started with the Handspring Treo 180. While the phones have changed, the obsession continues. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

Comments

  1. S Ray Constantine says

    I like to use a running app and would prefer not to be disturbed, of course, during my run. The app does allow for locking your iPhone, and it will still track your mileage just fine. My question is whether I will still be able to hear my running app announce kilometers, etc., while preventing calls and notifications from coming through. Anyone try this?

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