How to use Do Not Disturb when your iPhone is unlocked with iOS 7

How to use Do Not Disturb when your iPhone is unlocked with iOS 7

Prior to iOS 7 the Do Not Disturb feature only silenced notifications when your device was locked or in sleep mode. Fortunately, iOS 7 has changed that and made it possible to suppress notifications even when you're actively using your iPhone. Here's how:

How to use Do Not Disturb (DND) even when your iPhone is unlocked

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Do Not Disturb.
  3. All the way to the bottom under the Silence section, tap on Always.

That's all there is to it. Your iPhone will now silence all notifications, not just the ones that come in when your iPhone is locked.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to use Do Not Disturb when your iPhone is unlocked with iOS 7


The only thing that's bad with this and DND in general, is it doesn't allow messages to come through. Just calls. Which makes it a bit useless IMO.

DND is pretty great, but needs a few additional features to make it perfect.

Couple ideas -
When you're on DND, you should have the ability to use an alternate voicemail greeting, so that you can add something like "You've reached me during a time when my phone is set not to disturb me. If this is an emergency please call back immediately to ring through. If I am able to answer, I will".

Also, integration into iMessage could be cool... make the speech bubble red instead of blue, so someone can see they're texting someone during a DND and not to necessarily expect a quick response. That way, if it's a little more critical, they know to call.

Thank you so much for this tip. I like to use the Magic Window app during the night and have my phone on silent. Because DND only worked while the phone was locked I couldn't use this app, as I needed to be aware of emergency calls from family through the night. Now I can have both running. You have made my day Allyson - Thank You!!

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You can mark family as favorites in your address book, and enable favorites to bypass DND at all times if you desire...

I like DND. At night, it prevents the phone from making noises while I sleep. I don't want Facebook, emails, or texts waking me. If there is a family emergency, they are going to call and not text me so phone calls come through and I get to sleep peacefully.

Nice article for iOS user.. and i came across the article from, which is about 10 interesting apps for iOS...

This still let's phone ring twice when someone calls, making them think I looked to see who was calling and manually sent them to voicemail. Is there a way to keep phone on and have calls sent directly to vm without ringing (on callers end)?

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