How to use Do Not Disturb Mode on Your iPhone

iPhone Do Not Disturb ModeIt’s time to use your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Mode, for better sleep, more focused meetings and some quieter “me time”.

iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode: How It Works & What It Is

When you turn on DND Mode, the iPhone holds your calls, texts, and alerts. The screen doesn’t light up and the phone doesn’t beep, ding, ring or vibrate.

The same can be said of Airplane Mode, however, Do Not Disturb Mode allows urgent calls and pre-approved callers to ring past the DND setting.

iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode is available for devices running iOS 6+.

Are you having trouble with Do Not Disturb not working on your iPhone? Our DND Mode Troubleshooting Guide may do the trick.

Configuring the iPhone Do Not Disturb Mode

You won’t be surprised to hear that Do Not Disturb Mode can be found under your Settings app. It sits just a few lines below Airplane Mode. However, to customize your DND Mode settings head to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb.

  • Choose who to allow calls from, by selecting everyone, no one, favorites or a custom contact group you’ve already created.
  • Activate repeated calls, so that if someone NOT on your allowed list calls a second time in a 3-minute period, the call is allowed through.
  • Consider using the Scheduled option to set daily Quiet Hours so the phone will automatically activate Do Not Disturb Mode.

iphone-dnd-mode-iconWhen DND Mode is active, you will see a small crescent moon in the top center of your lock screen, and just to the left of  the clock on your unlocked home screen.

Do Clock Alarms work when Do Not Disturb Mode is enabled?

Yes. Tech Mamma tested this with an alarm set on the iPhone clock. Worked like a charm.

It is important to note, however, that other alarm clock / timer apps did not work while the phone was in DND Mode. YMMV – check the app documentation for details.

Can I still get texts while iPhone is in DND Mode?

No. The idea is to let you be undisturbed, so your phone holds back the world and only makes exceptions for emergency calls.

How are Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb Mode different?

Airplane mode disables the cellular data service on your phone, so no calls will come through. Airplane mode also allows you to turn on wi-fi, so any app that works over wi-fi is active, including alerts, texts (iMessage) and emails.

DND mode collects texts, alerts, emails and phone calls on your behalf until DND mode is turned off. DND mode gives you the option to allow emergency calls through, so you have peace of mind that if something important happens, your people can get a hold of you.

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Article by: Kimberly Carroll

17 thoughts on “How to use Do Not Disturb Mode on Your iPhone

  1. Thank you!!! I work 12 hour night shifts & got 7 calls from a debt collector between 8am & 2pm!!! You just saved my sanity!

  2. I’ve found that my “Allow calls from favorites” option does not work. My wife must call twice to get through. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • John, Tell me more… which iOS version are you running? Also, I am curious if you have the same experience when you set it to allow calls from a specific group is equally problematic for you.

      I have been monitoring the Apple Forums for DND issues (always on the lookout for ways to be helpful!) and one other question is around screen lock. Apparently, if the screen lock isn’t engaged, users are reporting that the “Allow calls from favorites” feature isn’t working.

      If you’re willing to test those two scenarios on your particular setup and share the results, I will do some additional background research and see if we can get you fixed up!

      • Both my wife and I have iOS 6.1.3. I’ve tested it both ways, and it’s not working on either phone. I’ve also tried calling from the home phone (also in Favorites) with the same result.

        DND is only supposed to work when the screen is off. So if the lock screen isn’t engaged, or the screen is locked but lit up, the phone receives calls as usual.

        I don’t know how to set it to allow calls from a specific group. If you explain what you mean, I’ll be glad to test it.

      • Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to create groups directly on the phone. You have to do that from your computer Contacts App, or from the iCloud interface – depending on how you’re syncing your device.

        1. login and click contacts from the dashboard
        2. Click the two-person icon on the red ribbon graphic
        3. Look for the + button in the lower right of the groups panel
        4. Add your group and then click back onto ALL Contacts
        5. Search for a contact you want to include in your new group
        6. Drag and drop that contact onto the new group name

        Contacts App:
        1. File > New Group and give group a name
        2. Locate contact to add to group
        3. Drag and drop that contact onto the new group name

        Gmail or other Exchange mail accounts
        I have groups setup in my gmail contacts and company contacts and those show on my phone too, so that may be an option for you.

        Once you have a group established, change the DND to allow from that new group and see if you’re getting better results. Very curious to see if that resolves it! If not, we’ll keep looking for an answer.

        One sidenote: I am seeing a lot of chatter around this bug happening when facebook append data option is active (check settings > facebook… allow these apps to use your account). Techmamma has not confirmed this to be true, but in the spirit of trying to help I thought I would mention it.

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