Do you need to know how to turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on an iPhone?

Your iPhone has become your go to resource for all of your news updates, emails, messages, phone calls, appointments, social media updates and so on, but sometimes you need to take a break from it all and enjoy a little peace and quiet. Fortunately, with the built-in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode in iOS 6, getting that peace and quiet is as simple as 1-2-3. Read on to find out more about ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, and how to use it.

How to turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on an iPhone…

Although the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature of Apple’s iOS 6 didn’t get much press over the advancements to Siri or the addition of a VIP inbox, this little feature may prove to be the one you’ll wind up using the most frequently.

If you’re like most people, you rarely turn your iPhone totally off, but instead opt to just put it on vibrate and leave it in your pocket or handbag when you don’t want to be bothered. Well, you may have noticed that even with your iPhone on vibrate, you can still hear your phone buzzing away or see your screen lighting up when you get a new message. Continuous notifications like these can be bothersome, especially if you are in a movie theater, restaurant, or trying to catch some sleep.

Instead of having to turn your phone off completely, or ignore the buzz of your phone vibrating on the nightstand all night long, you can turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, and rest peacefully.

iPhone iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Setting

To turn on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, simply slide the On/Off button next to ‘Do Not Disturb’ in the settings screen as shown above.

‘Do Not Disturb’ mode will silence all audible notification sounds, and also stop your iPhone from vibrating as well as lighting up the screen as it normally would when you receive a new notification.

Instead, when your iPhone is in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, you’ll silently receive your notifications so you can eat or sleep in peace, and then be right back in business as soon as you pick back up your phone.

If you’d like, you can also set specified quiet times on your phone to automatically enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for you. If you have a fairly set schedule and typically sleep from 10:00pm to 7:00am, you may want to go ahead and setup this quiet time by default so that you’ll always get a restful night sleep without having to hear email notifications all night long.

To set up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on a set schedule:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications, then tap ‘Do Not Disturb’.
  3. Slide on the button next to ‘Scheduled’ and then specify the times you’d like your quiet time to begin and end.
iPhone Do Not Disturb Schedule

Another great feature of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode is how it handles voice calls during quiet times. In the same menu screen that you can schedule your ‘quiet hours’, you can also pick and choose who you want to receive calls from when you are in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

Here, you can choose to receive phone calls from everyone, no one, or just your favorite few people, which is a nice option. For anyone else who dials you during your quiet time, they’ll be sent right to your voicemail.

To provide for emergency type situations where someone may really need to get through to you, if the person dialing your number were to call you back a second time immediately after their first call to you, that second call would ring audibly on your phone.

You can toggle this option on or off if you’d like by changing the setting next to “Repeated Calls” as shown in the screen above.

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- By Jim Sabellico