Stating in Apple’s iOS 6, Apple added a new feature to iOS that stops notifications, phone calls, and any other alert on your iOS device. This feature is called Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb give your iPhone, or any other iOS device, the ability to restrict what alerts and calls at any given time. You can turn Do Not Disturb on manually or have it on a set schedule. Either way you enable Do Not Disturb, you will be getting piece of mind and possible rest away from your phone. Here is how to enable Do Not Disturb in iOS 7 & 6 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
How to Enable Do Not Disturb in iOS 7
Since iOS 7 is the latest operating system for iOS device, we will be using iOS 7 for this how to articles. So go ahead and grab your iOS device and follow these steps below.
First you will want to locate your Settings app. If you are using iOS 7, you can pull down from the home screen and type setting in the Search. iOS 6 user can swipe to the left until the reach the Search bar. Once you located the Settings app within iOS, open it.
Now you should have the Settings application open. From Settings scroll down until you see Do Not Disturb. We will need to go here to adjust the setting for it. Press Do Not Disturb to continue.
After pressing Do Not Disturb you will be taken to its settings. From here we can see a lot of different options for Do Not Disturb. The first setting is called Manual. This allows you to enable Do Not Disturb whenever you want to. The next setting is the schedule. This allows you to setup Do Not Disturb during certain hours. This comes in handy when you want to go to bed, but can’t because of all of the alerts. Press the switch for Schedule then press the time range to setup your hours.
Here is an example of what the Schedule hours selector looks like. Here you select what hours to enable Do Not Disturb and then press Back.
After you are done selecting your Quite Hours the time range will reflect your changes.
The next setting lets us pick which contacts can call use even if we have Do Not Disturb enabled. You can press Allow Calls From to change who you want to receive calls from. You can even change the switch to for Repeated Calls just in case you miss someone.
The last setting in the Do Not Disturb menu, is Silence. Silence, as pictured in the screen shot above, dictates how Do Not Disturb functions. If you set Silence to Always, when Do Not Disturb is on, you will not hear any notifications except from the allowed contacts. The other options, Only while iPhone is locked, temporary disables Do Not Disturb while your phone is unlocked. The second its locked, Do Not Disturb will resume.
The Do Not Disturb feature can come in handy especially if you have a phone issue like me. Take some time to set it up and get peace and time away from your phone. Or just get some sleep without notifications waking you. Don’t forget to check out some of our other iOS how tos, one of our best is how to reset network settings on iOS.