How to set up and use Do Not Disturb mode on iPhone and iPad

How to set up and use Notification Center's Do Not Disturb mode

While Notification Center is a great way to make sure you never miss an alert, there are some times when you might not want to hear the beeping and the buzzing that typically comes with them. Enter Do Not Disturb. With Do Not Disturb, your iPhone or iPad will keep collecting all your alerts but will do so quietly. Whether you're in a meeting, at a romantic dinner, or simply trying to get a good night's sleep, Do Not Disturb will make sure you can talk, eat, or sleep in peace and quiet, and still find all your alerts waiting for you when you're ready.

How to enable Do Not Disturb

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch Control Center.
  2. Tap on the icon in the top row that looks like a crescent moon to toggle Do Not Disturb on.
  3. That's it. Do Not Disturb should now be active. You can verify it's on by closing Control Center and looking in your top status bar. You should see a crescent moon icon off to the right. That means Do Not Disturb is activated.

To turn Do Not Disturb off again, just follow the same steps again.

How to schedule Do Not Disturb for specific times

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb.
  3. Turn the toggle for Scheduled to On in oder to activate the scheduling feature.
  4. Now directly underneath that, go ahead and set your times that you'd like to have Do Not Disturb enable itself.

That's it. Do Not Disturb will now come on at the time you've schedule. Unfortunately Do Not Disturb only lets you schedule one block of time currently, hopefully a future iteration of iOS will let you schedule multiple Do Not Disturb sessions.

How to customize Do Not Disturb settings

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb.
  3. Tap Allow Calls From to choose between Everyone, No One, Favorites, All Contacts, or a specific group.
  4. Toggle Repeated Calls to on if you would like a second call within 3 minutes to be let through.
  5. Choose to Silence calls Always or Only while iPhone is locked.

Do you use Do Not Disturb on your iPhone or iPad regularly? If so, is there anything else that you'd like to see Apple add in future versions of iOS? What about being able to set multiple sessions in a 24 hour period? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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How to set up and use Do Not Disturb mode on iPhone and iPad


This was the one feature I missed when I left blackberry's and moved to the iPhone.
Now in iOS 6 I have it back! The office is closed and I am going to bed. :-)

It'd be great if Do Not Disturb could integrate more tightly with the Calendar. I'd like to be able to have Do Not Disturb turn itself on automatically for appointments in my calendar where my availability was set to Busy.

Precisely! I have a rotating work schedule, i have it in my calendar via synced thru Google Calendar, so this feature would be great!

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If you use your phone on the nightstand with an app that functions as an alarm clock, Do Not Disturb does not function. It only works when the phone is locked and the screen is dark. That's not a bug, it's a feature. :)

they should make it where it works with an alarm clock app though.. it's a feature that should be able to be switched on and off as well.

Really glad to have this feature! For those of us who have gone landline-less, it's a little peace of mind at night due to fact we can program family and friends to be able to ring our phones in emergencies while anyone else is blocked. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.......

I really wish we were able to set the specific days that we wanted this feature to be used - Monday- Friday. (like we do for the alarm clock settings).

This times 100! I don't work 7 days per week, yet. I would like to sleep late on Saturdays or Sundays. I was really hoping this would have been added in iOS 7.

This is a great feature indeed, but what is the benefit to use it instead of just turning the ringer-switch to mute, except for some calls will get through?

switching the silent switch on will still allow vibrations for notifications, and the screen will still turn on when it is locked (if you have that lock option set for notifcations). so if you are sleeping or in a meeting, you will still get distracted by notifications. the purpose of silent vs DND are quite different.

This is a great feature, I agree with jasondeno adding the do not disturb feature to appointments in the calendar would be amazing!! I can technically use the do not disturb to block any telemarketers and only allow calls from my contacts maybe adding a two tier do not disturb feature and now no unwanted calls. My only complaint or it may be my own ignorance how do I stop my iphone from alerting me in an audible way that i have a txt message or an email while on a phone call this is very irritating and somewhat embarrassing while on a conference call. Couldn't it just vibrate while i'm on a call?

I think your best option is to turn your phone on silent so the sounds do not ring. but your phone will vibrate with notifications. i wish there was an option to disable notifications while on a call.

Notification going off in my ear while on a call has to be the most annoying thing about my phone. Long over due needed feature.

This feature would have actually been useful if the option to allow MESSAGES from favorites, as well as calls, had been included. Seriously, who calls anymore?

If DND is enabled, NO SMS/iMessage's will alert, no matter how favorite someone is, or how many times they send them in a panic. Not acceptable.

I know this was 1 year ago, so is there a solution to this issue now? I use my iphone as my work cell and turn DND on when i get off work so that i'm not getting calls from anyone besides my favorites after work, but how do i ensure i get texts? is there an app for that?

I love this feature..but it would also be nice if you could customize it to allow your VIP contact texts to come through when you want them. :)

How about being able to set DND so that i get none of those Notifications when i am Playing Games like Real Racing 3. or is there a way ?

I will try it this way.
Hate Lapping Laguna Seca @ 197 MPH and having Notification Distractions.
Lol !!!!


I would like to have do not disturb enabled by location. Reminders by location work perfectly and for example every time I enter our church building I would like do not disturb enabled and then disabled when I leave.

Like my old Blackberry, I'd like I have an option to enter DND mode when I charge it.

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Do people really need this info?, I figured out the Do Not Disturb in about one minute, well I guess not everybody is tech savvy?

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I would love to see an option to not only let through calls from your favourites while in Do Not a Disturb mode, but also text messages as well. This would be useful if you were waiting for a text from a specific person, but didn't want any other texts to disturb you.

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I dont use DND very often, but when I do I always forget to turn it back off! That little moon icon is so easy to miss.

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I wish that you could more easily change the: 'Always' and 'When phone is locked'. There are times when I would need to change this option. Even if I had to go into Control Centre and turned it off and then on again and it was an option.

I wish you could block everything but favorites and non-calls. I just want to use it to block calls not on my favorites.

It would be nice if Apple added a feature to the Do Not Disturb that allowed the user to customize the text messages they'd like to come through. I live in Kansas & we get some interesting weather. I receive alerts via text but in the Do Not Disturb function, I don't know when watches/warnings have been issued for my area & it would be nice to receive those during the night. I suffer from insomnia so I don't want my phone sounding off all night long with all of the texts that I get, but the weather alerts would be nice to have. Just a thought...

I agree... I have a vip email account that I need to get emails any hours of the day but I don't want other people to wake me up. I need the DND to allow VIP

I would like to use do not disturb but allow calls & text from my contacts. It's just the sales calls & such I don't want. Is this possible?

It's nice to see how many different features regarding DND, that we'd like add to the standard software. I've been a die-hard for Android since the beginning and have recently switched to iP6+ where I miss apps like Tasker and Silence to schedule when to turn volume on/off/vibrate at different hours and during appointments/calendarentries.

It looks like the off-the-shelf apps and settings in iPhone quite seldom satisfy those users having just a few extra needs.

I too, would love to have this setting apply to text messages as well, or at least have the same functionality for text notifications separately.

After i wake up, and turn dont disturb off, cant see the incoming calls... Why, or what should i do? And friends are telling, i was busy :(

I see mention that the DND does not work with an alarm clock...Can someone explain a little more how that works? Say for instance I set an alarm for 8 am and DND is on - does the alarm still sound or no?

I wish I could do multiple scheduled times for DND. I have it set for weekdays to be on when I am at work, but I wish I could set another one for weekends. I really think they should add that!

It would be great if there was a way to disable just messages (more specifically a way customize exceptions on do not disturb so that certain ones can get through).

If there's a way to do this already, I haven't found it.