How to Enable Your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Feature

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Living in one time zone and working in another means messages and calls sometimes come in at 3 a.m.; you can set your iPhone to Do Not Disturb to enjoy an interruption-free night’s sleep. Incoming calls are forwarded to voicemail and alerts for incoming Messages or other apps are silenced. You can adjust Do Not Disturb settings to allow calls to come through while blocking other alerts.

You can also manually turn on Do Not Disturb when you need some time without any intrusions or disruptions from your iPhone. Simply open the Settings app, tap Do Not Disturb, tap the Manual switch on, or just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center and tap the Do Not Disturb button.

To automatically activate Do Not Disturb at a scheduled time every day, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Do Not Disturb.

  2. Tap the Scheduled switch to the on position and then tap the From/To field to open a Quiet Hours (love that!) rotor where you choose the starting and ending time for Do Not Disturb to automatically activate.

  3. Tap Back in the upper left to return to the previous screen.

  4. Tap Allow Calls From.

    The following options appear:

    • Everyone: This lets calls come through but blocks other alerts, such as incoming messages and Facebook updates.

    • No One: Silences all incoming calls and messages.

    • Favorites: Allows calls to come through only from people you’ve identified as Favorites in Contacts.

    • Groups: If you have groups set up in Contacts, you can choose to receive calls from people in one or more group.

  5. Tap Back in the upper left to return to the previous screen.

  6. Tap Repeated Calls On if you want to let a second call from the same number within three minutes come through.

  7. Select one of the choices in the Silence section (scroll down to see it):

    • Always to activate Do Not Disturb whether you’re using your iPhone or not.

    • Only while iPhone is locked to silence incoming calls and notifications only when your iPhone is locked. For example, if someone calls while you’re looking something up on Safari, your phone will ring.

  8. Tap Settings in the upper left, or swipe right, to return to the Settings screen.

    A quarter moon icon rises in the Status bar to indicate Do Not Disturb is on.