How to Turn On Do Not Disturb while Driving in iOS 11

By Dwight Spivey

Do Not Disturb is a feature that has iPhone silence incoming calls when iPhone is locked, displaying only a moon-shaped icon to let you know that a call is coming in.

  1. To access the feature, tap Settings.
  2. To enable the feature, find and tap Do Not Disturb, then toggle the Do Not Disturb switch to On (green).

When you turn on the Do Not Disturb feature, calls from Favorites are automatically allowed through by default. You can change that setting by tapping the Allow Calls From option in Settings → Do Not Disturb.

With iOS 11, Apple introduces a new addition to the Do Not Disturb feature: Do Not Disturb While Driving. This option is near the bottom of the Settings → Do Not Disturb screen. You can block incoming calls, notifications, and texts while you’re driving to prevent distractions and accidents. There are three ways to activate Do Not Disturb While Driving:

  • Manually (default): You activate the feature through Control Center.
  • When Connected to Car Bluetooth: The feature activates automatically only when your iPhone connects to your vehicle’s Bluetooth.
  • Automatically: The feature is enabled whenever your iPhone detects that you’re in an accelerating vehicle. Yes, it’s that smart!

    This could be inconvenient when you’re simply a passenger. In this case, simply disable the feature for the duration of the ride.

Phone calls can come through when you’re connected to your vehicle’s Bluetooth or a hands-free accessory, but not texts or notifications.

You can set up an Auto-Reply feature to send a text to certain people who are texting you (your Favorites are enabled by default). This option is in the Do Not Disturb While Driving section of Settings → Do Not Disturb.