Why You Need to Be Using Your iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb” Feature
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Are you tired of notifications distracting you Take Control of iOS Notifications on Your iPhone or iPad Take Control of iOS Notifications on Your iPhone or iPad Your iPhone can notify you about just about anything, but left unchecked, this feature can quickly get out of control. Here's how to make notifications useful again. Read More from getting work done on your iPhone or iPad? Do you use your phone as an alarm and worry about unimportant notifications waking you up? Your iPhone has a solution for these issues: Do Not Disturb mode.

When Do Not Disturb is on, all calls and other alerts you receive when your phone is locked won’t make a sound. To easily toggle Do Not Disturb at any time, slide up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center How to Use iOS 11's Customizable Control Center on iPhone and iPad How to Use iOS 11's Customizable Control Center on iPhone and iPad Wondering how to disable AirDrop, enable Night Shift, or change AirPlay output for the song you’re listening to? We'll show you how. Read More . Tap the crescent moon icon to enable it.

Navigate to Settings > Do Not Disturb to take a look at what you can do with this. You can enable the Do Not Disturb (DND) slider here and your phone will immediately enter DND mode. When it’s on, you’ll see a crescent moon icon in the status bar to indicate so.

Enable the Scheduled slider and you can set a time interval to automatically enable DND. This is an easy way to avoid interruptions while you’re sleeping.

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Under the Silence header, you can choose to silence notifications Always instead of just when your phone is locked.

Check the Allow Calls From option to choose who can still call you in Do Not Disturb. You can choose Everyone (which kind of defeats the purpose), No One, Favorites, or another contact group you’ve created.

Enable Repeated Calls, and anyone who calls you two times within three minutes will break through DND.

Do Not Disturb keeps you in control of when your iPhone notifies you. It lets you suppress notifications you don’t need to see while still letting important ones through.

And don’t forget that Do Not Disturb has a few driving options Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay: Which In-Car System Is Right for You? Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay: Which In-Car System Is Right for You? Today's leading in-car entertainment systems are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But which one is better? Which has the better features? Which is the most useful to drivers? Read More to look at too. You can choose whether to enable it automatically while driving or not, as well as automatically replying to messages from your Favorites contacts group.

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  1. Jess Beaker
    March 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    There's a downside to DND. I was out late one night and my car wouldn't start. I called AAA road service, but the driver couldn't find where I was stalled. So they called me for more information but I had DND enabled and my phone didn't ring. I waited a long time before calling AAA again, when I noticed I had missed an incoming call. So ... If you get stuck in a similar situation make sure to turn off DND.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      That's a great point that I never thought of. It's a good reminder to set all contacts who might need you in an emergency, like AAA, as favorites so they can contact you even in DnD.