What does Do Not Disturb on iPhone?

We all need a break away from our phone for a while as it can get very addictive and as we speak I can tell you that we have developed a habit of constantly checking our phone when there is a notification, or even if there is nothing to see. So, to get a little breakout time, Apple created the Do Not Disturb feature to avoid being disturbed in the middle of the night or during an important meeting.

We receive notifications for phone calls, text messages, social media mentions and a never-ending stream of notification pings from various applications, peers and services. Even if you mute your phone, your screen will still light up on incoming alerts, making it difficult to truly disconnect from the online world. That’s why Apple offers Do Not Disturb, a setting that completely mutes your iPhone.

What is Do Not Disturb?

Do Not Disturb is a great iPhone feature that allows you to stop notifications, calls, and alarms from sounding, vibrating, or lighting up your phone when it’s locked. When your iPhone is set to Do Not Disturb, all calls will go to voicemail, but you will receive a silent message as a missed call. Messages look like they were sent on the sender’s phones, complete with delivery notifications. You will not receive notifications on your phone.

What does Do Not Disturb on iPhone?

In simple words when activated, Do Not Disturb mutes all audio notifications and dims the screen. Yes, the notifications will still come in and you may be able to see them if you manually turn on the screen. It allows you to silence calls, alarms and notifications for a predetermined amount of time, so you can focus on the work ahead.

It has no effect on your alarms and if you set them with Do Not Disturb enabled they will still go off. You can change your Do Not Disturb by running other applications while it is running.

  • Do not disturb allows you to mute incoming alerts and turn off your screen to avoid being disturbed or distracted.
  • You can enable it manually or schedule it to start and stop at a specific time every day.
  • You can also enable calls from specific contact groups, as well as multiple calls from the same person within a limited period of time.
  • It prevents your iPhone from bothering you. In other words, when someone calls you, your phone doesn’t ring or vibrate, and when someone texts you, it doesn’t make a sound or vibrate.
  • Other alerts are also muted until Do Not Disturb is turned off.

Enable Do Not Disturb: iOS 16 & iPadOS 16

  1. Navigate to Settings > Focus.
  2. Select Do not disturb and turn it on.
  3. Choose your own notification choices.

Enable Do Not Disturb: iOS 15 & iPadOS 15

  • Navigate to Settings > Focus.
  • Select Do not disturb and turn it on.
  • Choose your own notification choices.

To enable Do Not Disturb from Control Center:

  1. Go to Control Center on your iPhone by swiping from the top right corner.
  2. Tap Focus > Do Not Disturb.

Enable Do Not Disturb: iOS 14 & iPadOS 14

  1. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Turn on Do Not Disturb manually or set a schedule.

To enable Do Not Disturb from Control Center:

  1. Open the Control Center on your iPhone by swiping from the top right corner.
  2. Click the moon icon or press and hold the moon icon to turn on for a specific time frame.

You can also create a schedule and change other Do Not Disturb settings to help you focus if you don’t want to be disturbed at a specific time.

Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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