How to Enable Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Thanks to smartphones, communicating with people is fast and easy. Social media notifications, pings, and text messages from various apps on your iPhone keep popping up on the screen throughout the day. While it helps keep us informed and connected with our loved ones, sometimes it’s a distraction. 

Even when you put your phone on mute, the screen will light up every time a new call or notification comes in. And that’s where iPhone’s Do Not Disturb focus feature comes in handy. When turned on, this focus mode feature silences all calls and notifications on your iPhone — even your screen won’t light up. With this you can improve your focus and productivity at work. That said, in this post, we’ve detailed several ways on how to enable Do Not Disturb on iPhone. 

How to Enable Do Not Disturb Mode on iPhone Automatically

iPhone offers the settings to create a schedule for automatically enabling and disabling the Do Not Disturb mode. You can set this feature to activate when you go to bed and deactivate when you wake up by creating a routine. Below, we outline the steps you can take to accomplish this:

Step 1: Open the Settings app and head to the “Focus” option.

Step 2: Here, select on the “Do Not Disturb” option from the Focus modes list.

Step 3: Scroll down to the “Set A Schedule“ area and select the “Add Schedule” button.

Step 4: Here, you’ll see a list of options to choose from like Time, Location, and App.

Step 5: Select on the “Time” tab to set a schedule for automating the Do Not Disturb mode. You can set the time duration by using the “From” and “To” options, along with the days on which you want the schedule to work.

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Step 6: If you want the Do Not Disturb Mode to turn on at a certain location automatically, select the “Location“ and choose a location by entering an “Address” in the search bar.

Step 7: You can also automatically turn the Do Not Mode on when you open a specific app. For this, tap on “App” and choose an app from the list of installed apps on your iPhone.

Whenever the criteria you establish are reached, your iPhone will switch to Do Not Disturb mode. Let’s explore the additional settings you can tailor for this mode.

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb on iPhone Manually 

Follow these steps to manually turn on Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone:

Step 1:  Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen (on iPhone X or later) or swiping up from the bottom of the screen (on iPhone 8 or earlier).

Step 2: Press and hold the crescent moon icon in the Control Center. This will bring up the Do Not Disturb options.

Step 3: Here, you can choose to enable Do Not Disturb mode for a specific amount of time by selecting the desired option (such as 1 hour, until this evening, or until I leave this location) or toggle it on indefinitely by selecting “Until you turn off”.

Step 4: You can also customize Do Not Disturb settings by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb, where you can schedule a recurring time for Do Not Disturb, allow calls from specific contacts, and more.

Step 5:  Once you have set your preferences, you can exit the Control Center and the changes will take effect immediately, silencing notifications and calls until you turn off Do Not Disturb mode manually.

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You have now activated the Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone. There are also several adjustments you can make to enhance the effectiveness of this feature, which we will explore in a later section.

How to Customize Do Not Disturb Notifications from People

Follow the below steps to set contacts for whom the Do Not Disturb mode will not apply:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “Do Not Disturb”.

Step 3: Under the “Phone” section, tap on “Allow Calls From”.

Step 4: Choose “Favorites” if you want to only allow calls from people in your Favorites list, or select “All Contacts” if you want to allow calls from anyone in your contacts list.

Step 5: You can also choose “No One” to block all calls, or “Group” to allow calls only from a specific group in your contacts.

Step 6: If you selected “Favorites” or “Group”, make sure to add the contacts you want to allow calls from to your Favorites or the specific group in your contacts list.

Step 7: Once you have selected the desired option, exit the Settings app. Now, calls from the selected contacts will not be silenced when your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode.

How to Enable Do Not Disturb from Your iPhone Lock Screen

In iOS 16, users can now customize their iPhone’s lock screen by adding widgets and setting multiple lock screens with different wallpapers and home screens. One feature that some users may not be aware of is the ability to link the “Do Not Disturb” focus mode to a specific lock screen. This means that the Do Not Disturb mode will automatically activate when that particular lock screen is switched on. Here’s a guide on how to link Do Not Disturb mode to a specific lock screen on your iPhone.

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Step 1: To access the lock screen editing mode on your iPhone, unlock the device and then press and hold on the lock screen.

Step 2: Next, tap on the “Focus” icon located at the bottom center of the screen.

Step 3: After selecting “Do Not Disturb” from the focus modes list in the “Link Focus” pop-up window, tap on the option to link it to the current lock screen. After tapping the “X” at the top right, a Do Not Disturb icon will appear at the bottom of your screen, indicating that the Do Not Disturb mode has been successfully linked with the lock screen.

How to Disable Do Not Disturb Mode on iPhone

You can easily turn off the Do Not Disturb Mode on your iPhone by using the Control Center. Here are the steps to take to disable DND on iOS:

Step 1: Access the “Control Center” by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Step 2: Tap on the “Do Not Disturb” tile and then tap on “Do Not Disturb” again to disable the focus mode.

Step 3: alternatively, you can also use Siri by saying “Turn Off Do Not Disturb” to disable the feature. Siri will respond with “OK, I’ve turned Do Not Disturb off,” and a pop-up will confirm that “Do Not Disturb” is now off.

Final Thoughts 

By now, you should have a clear understanding of how to efficiently set up and use the Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone. Implementing this feature can enhance your concentration and productivity levels. Feel free to personalize this focus mode to best suit your preferences.

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