Do Not Disturb options shown on iPhone
Khamosh Pathak

Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone is a great way to get some peace of mind. While you can schedule it every night, there are times when you might want to enable Do Not Disturb mode temporarily.

Do Not Disturb mode automatically silences all calls and notifications. But if someone calls repeatedly, they can be allowed through, so can your Favorites from the Phone app.

You can control Do Not Disturb mode right from the Control Center on your iPhone. Apple added a new customizable Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 12.

On your iPhone, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen. If you have an older iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the display.

Swipe down from top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

Here, in the Control Center, locate the Do Not Disturb (crescent moon) icon. Tapping on the icon will enable or disable the Do Not Disturb mode. But, instead, tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb button until you a menu pops up.

Tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb icon

Here, you’ll see a couple of options that you can choose from:

  • For 1 hour: This option will automatically disable Do Not Disturb mode after 1 hour.
  • Until this evening: Do Not Disturb mode will be disabled in the evening.
  • Until I leave this location: Do Not Disturb mode disables when you leave the location. Useful if you’re forgetful about turning off Do Not Disturb mode manually after you leave your office or a meeting.
  • Until the end of this event: If you have an event in your Calendar app, you’ll see this option. Do Not Disturb mode will turn off once the event time is over.

Choose the Do Not Disturb timing from the popup

If you haven’t set up the Do Not Disturb feature to automatically enable at night, you can tap on the Schedule button to set it up and to configure the options for Do Not Disturb mode.

Choose one of the options, then go back to the Control Center. You’ll see a crescent moon icon in the status bar and a notification on the Lock screen telling you that Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.

Notification showing Do Not Disturb is active

If you want to disable Do Not Disturb mode at any time, just come back to the Control Center on your iPhone and tap on the “Do Not Disturb” icon again.

Apple doesn’t have a selective filter for Do Not Disturb mode. But if you want your close family members to always get in touch with you, no matter what, you can use the Emergency Bypass feature to let them bypass the Do Not Disturb mode.

RELATED: How to Let a Contact Bypass iOS' Do Not Disturb Mode

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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