Do You Use “Do Not Disturb” on Your iOS Devices?

Tech Tip – Early this morning, just after 0500, I received a SPAM call on my iPhone. I was not happy. That got me to thinking about “Do Not Disturb” mode and how it might be used to solve my early morning call problem. I would rather not have sounds from calls, notifications or Messages disturb us in the middle of the night. This is particularly a problem at the moment as we are in Singapore, which is 13 hours ahead of Central Time in the US where most of our friends, family, and contacts live. That means that business hours for them is the middle of the night for us. So we don’t want to hear our devices going off at night unless there is truly an emergency.

What is “Do Not Disturb”?

The “Do Not Disturb” mode on iOS devices does exactly what I want – it blocks notifications, alerts, and calls from making any noise, vibration or lighting up the device screen while the device is locked. iMessages are still delivered to your devices, but no sound is made.

NOTE: Alarms set through the Clock App are NOT blocked by “Do Not Disturb”.

How do you turn “Do Not Disturb” On/Off?


The easiest way to turn “Do Not Disturb” On/Off is through the device Control Panel. Open the Control panel (swipe up on your device screen), then click on the crescent moon icon. That toggles “Do Not Disturb” on and off. If you have a device that supports 3D Touch, then pressing and holding the Do Not Disturb button will give you additional scheduling options.

The second way to turn “Do Not Disturb” On/Off is through settings. Go to Settings >> Do Not Disturb >> then click on the On/Off toggle. This approach also offers further options for you regarding “Do Not Disturb”.

  1. Scheduling – you can set up a time range to automatically put your device into “Do Not Disturb” mode each evening and then turn it off each morning. As shown above, I have configured my iPhone to turn on “Do Not Disturb” at 10PM and then turn it off at 7AM every morning.
  2. When is your device silenced – this can be always or just when locked. I chose to silence my phone only when it is locked.
  3. Allow calls – You can set who, if anyone, can disturb you while in “Do Not Disturb” mode. The options for this are: Everyone, No One or Favorites. Alternatively, you can select your contacts or a subgroup of your contacts. I chose to just allow those in my Favorites.
  4. Repeated calls – You can turn on “Repeated Calls” so that if anyone calls you twice within three minutes they are allowed through on the second attempt whether or not they are in your Favorites.


When “Do Not Disturb” is On, a small crescent moon icon is displayed at the top right of the screen.

When to use

The most common uses of “Do Not Disturb” are sleep time “quiet hours”, class time or during meetings. I have both my iPhone and my iPad now configured with “Do Not Disturb”. I hope that this leads to a more restful slumber.

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