How to stop your iPhone or iPad from bothering you.

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. 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 on iPhone and iPad

When you don't want to hear a sound from your iPhone or iPad—for example, while you're in a movie theater, out for dinner, or in an important meeting—you can turn Do Not Disturb on and enjoy some peace and quiet. Here's how you do it.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch Control Center.
  2. Tap the Do Not Disturb button. It looks like a crescent moon and is in the top row.

    swipe up to pull up the control center and then tap the do not disturb button

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

How to schedule Do Not Disturb for specific times on iPhone or iPad

If you want your iPhone or iPad to go dark when you do—so you can sleep or attend class or workout without beeps or buzzes—you can schedule Do Not Disturb to turn itself on automatically.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb.

    launch settings app, then tap do not disturb

  3. Tap the Scheduled switch to On in order to activate the scheduling feature.
  4. Tap the blue times directly underneath Scheduled.
  5. Swipe up or down to select the From and To times that you'd like Do Not Disturb to be active.

    tap scheduled switch to on, then tap blue times, then swipe up or down to set your from and to times

Unfortunately Do Not Disturb only lets you schedule one block of time a day, and the same block of time everyday. Hopefully a future version of iOS will let you schedule multiple Do Not Disturb times.

How to customize Do Not Disturb settings on iPhone or iPad

If you're worried that Do Not Disturb will make you miss something really important—a call from your significant other or babysitter, or a business contact you're anxious to hear from—you can customize some exceptions.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb.
  3. Tap on Allow Calls From.

    launch settings app, then tap do not disturb, then tap allow calls from

  4. From here, you can select from the following options:
    • Everyone: Allows calls from everyone on your contacts list.
    • No One: Allows calls from no one.
    • Favorites: Allows calls from contacts in your Favorites list.
    • Specific group: A specific group of contacts.
  5. Tap the Repeated Calls switch to on to allow a call from the same number through if received within three minutes of the first.
  6. Tap on either of the Silence options to select your choice:

    • Always: Calls and notifications are always silent.
    • Only while iPhone is locked: Calls and notifications are silent only when the iPhone is locked.

      Select setting for allow calls from, then tap repeated calls, then tap option for silence mode

The customization isn't exactly robust, but it does work and hopefully Apple will expand on it as well.