The takeaway: While our phones may be a constant presence in our lives, there are plenty of moments we don’t want them to interrupt. This guide will teach you how to use the Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone to block notifications and alerts during inopportune times.
In today’s always-connected world, pretty much everyone has at least a few examples of important work meetings or significant life events being interrupted by the shrill sounds of someone’s phone going off at the worst time. If the offending phone has ever belonged to you, then you know how embarrassing a situation that can be.
Since our phones have become such a constant presence in our daily lives, we know it’s not always possible to completely disconnect. There are times, however, that demand your full attention, free from the distraction of around-the-clock notifications buzzing from your iPhone. Our helpful guide below will cover your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode to help you stay connected to the important things and people in your life while filtering out extraneous intrusions.
With iPhone’s latest operating system – iOS 12 – there are multiple ways to enable the Do Not Disturb mode to silence calls, text alerts and app notifications. Depending on how you configure the settings, you can block all incoming notifications, schedule specific times you don’t want to be disturbed or allow calls from specific people while Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.
To help you get familiar with Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone, let’s start with the basics – turning the setting on and off. To turn on Do Not Disturb mode:
To make sure your phone doesn’t ring in the middle of the night, during an important work meeting or while attending a special event, you can schedule Do Not Disturb mode hours before the occasion to block alerts and notifications. Here’s how to schedule Do Not Disturb on your iPhone:
If you want to prevent your phone from going off while you’re sleeping, here’s how to enable the Bedtime feature in Do Not Disturb mode:
This feature allows you to activate one of three settings in Do Not Disturb mode while you’re driving:
When your iPhone is set to Do Not Disturb, you can enable certain alerts and notifications to come through to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Here are a few settings to try:
When your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode, you can choose to always silence notifications or only while the phone is locked.
While in Do Not Disturb mode, this feature allows you to receive calls from specific people or groups of contacts.
Turning on this feature allows your phone to ring when you get a second call from the same person within three minutes.
You’ll need to have one of the latest iPhone models to start taking full advantage of Do Not Disturb features on iOS 12. Head to your local AT&T store to browse our extensive selection of the latest and greatest iPhone models including the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.