If you’re in the middle of a hard run or chill yoga session, you probably don’t want your phone to ring (unless it’s really important). By automatically enabling Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch when you start a workout, you can make sure you don’t get interrupted. Here’s how.
What Is Do Not Disturb Mode?
Do Not Disturb is one of the (many) modes you can put your Apple Watch in. It stops notifications and alerts from appearing and playing sounds, although it doesn’t stop any apps you’re using from playing audio. Here are two key things about Do Not Disturb mode:
- You can set it up so that when you activate it on your Apple Watch, it also gets activated on your iPhone (and vice versa).
- You can have your Favorite contacts and repeated phone calls bypass Do Not Disturb mode, which is great if you’re worried about emergencies.
- To access it on your Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- To access it on your iPhone, swipe down from the battery icon in the top right of the screen.
In either case, tap the “Moon” icon to turn on Do Not Disturb.
How to Automatically Turn on Do Not Disturb Mode When You Workout
You can also have Do Not Disturb automatically turn on whenever you start a workout, either in the Workouts app on your Apple Watch or in any other app you use for tracking workouts, like Strava, Intervals Pro, and the like. This means it works with Apple Fitness+ workouts, too.
To do so, open the Watch app on your iPhone and go to General > Do Not Disturb.
Activate the “Workout Do Not Disturb” option.
Note: If you want your iPhone to go into Do Not Disturb mode when your watch does, make sure “Mirror iPhone” is toggled on, too.
Now, whenever you start a workout, Do Not Disturb will start, too. And when you finish a workout, your watch and iPhone will go back to whatever mode they were in before.
If you want to, you can also turn off Do Not Disturb mode from the Control Center. If you’re waiting for a phone call or text message, you don’t need to worry about missing it. Just start a workout and turn off Do Not Disturb whenever you like.