How To Make The Best Use Of Do Not Disturb Feature in iOS 6

iOS 6

iOS 6 – Apple’s latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch includes over 200 new features.

But one of our favorite features, which we’ve been using quite frequently is the Do Not Disturb feature. While notifications and alerts ensure we don’t miss new information and events, there are times when we’ve felt the need to silence all the notifications and calls so that they don’t disturb us.

In this article, we show you everything one needs to know about the Do Not Disturb feature such as how to enable it, customize the settings, schedule the Do No Disturb settings and how to quickly find out if the Do Not Disturb feature is enabled, so you can make the best use of the feature.

But, before we tell you how to enable, it is important to understand how it works. When the Do not Disturb toggle is enabled and the iPhone is locked, all notifications and calls are silenced expect for the alarm sounds. You will continue to get notifications and calls, iOS will also update the numbered badges, just that they will be silenced so you don’t get disturbed by them when your iPhone is locked. It is important to note that when the iPhone is unlocked, you will get all the notifications and calls as usual (as if the feature is disabled).

Enable Do Not Disturb:

  • Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad’s Home screen.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb toggle just above Notifications to turn it ON.

Customize Settings:

Apple also allows you to customize the settings for Do Not Disturb feature so you can fine tune it to your requirement.

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Tap on Notifications under the Do not Disturb toggle
  • Then tap on Do Not Disturb. You will now be able to schedule the Do Not Disturb feature, allow some phone calls or allow persistent callers to right through.
  • Tap on Allow Calls From to ensure you don’t miss an important call from anyone in your Favorites list in Contacts (which is the default). You can also choose any Groups you have set up in your Contacts or you can also select Everyone to let all calls ring through or No One if you don’t want to talk to anyone, say while you’re taking a short nap.
  • You can enable the Repeated Calls toggle, if you want a second call from an unknown number within three minutes to ring through. This feature may be useful in a situation where you get an emergency call from an unknown number. Repeated Calls toggle is enabled by default. You can tap on the toggle to turn it OFF to disable this feature.
Schedule Do Not Disturb:

If you don’t want to enable and disable the Do Not Disturb feature manually, then you can set the starting and ending hours for when you don’t want to be disturbed, so that your iPhone or iPad turns on the Do Not Disturb settings during these hours each day. If you’re worried about disabling or enabling the feature then scheduling is meant for you. You can use it, if you don’t want to be disturbed by calls or notifications on your work phone after work hours.

You can follow these simple steps to schedule the Do Not Disturb settings.

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Tap on Notifications under the Do not Disturb toggle
  • Then tap on Do Not Disturb
  • Tap on the Scheduled toggle to enable it.

  • Tap on the From/To section and choose the hours for when you don’t want to be disturbed
That’s it, your iPhone or iPad will automatically enable the Do Not Disturb settings during these hours each day.
How to find out if Do Not Disturb is Enabled:
When the Do Not Disturb feature is enabled, iPhone or iPad will display the Do Not Disturb icon – a little crescent moon icon just next to the time in the Status bar. It’s a nice way of remind you that the feature is turned on.
That’s all, this covers everything that you need to know about iOS 6’s Do Not Disturb feature. If you’ve any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below.
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  • Jim Kearse

    Wish GPS could be used to enable do not disturb

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    • Doc

      GREAT IDEA!!

  • Steve Mitchell

    I wish you could use the feature while having a specific app running and not just the lock screen. I use “nightstand” as my clock and alarm. Would be nice to have that still running and be able to silence all other alerts during the nighttime.

  • Alan

    Thanks for the note about the feature working only when the iPhone is locked. I was wondering why I was getting the notifications and calls when it was unlocked :)

    As for the feature, while it’s nice, I can’t understand why Apple implements such features partially. Things that are still missing:
    1. Ability to enable/disable it via Notification Center. It’s a pain to enable it via the Settings app. If you can have things like share widgets for Facebook and Twitter, the on/off toggle in NC for this would be even more appropriate.
    2. Scheduling lacks the ability to set different times for weekdays and weekends or ability to say enable it for x hour/s.
    3. Also I should have the ability to keep this feature enabled even when the iPhone is unlocked.

  • Tim

    Integration with Calendars would have been nice. If I mark Availability as Busy, the Do Not Disturb feature should be enabled automatically.

  • AJ Lim

    Android have this feature long time ago……. who copy who’s ?

    • Tim

      Good for you. And you still visit an iPhone blog? Looking for a reason to like your Android phone?

      • iOS 6 the best

        Tell me

  • Sebastian Rasch

    Since I’m not yet on iOS 6, I wonder what happens with texts? Are they being silenced, too?

    • Abel Goddard


      • Sebastian Rasch


  • Gaurav Dua

    Wonderful Feature. A Million Bucks Worth for me..blessing for running numbers..

  • Rocky bughti

    What is defrent !! Cilnce buton is same !!

  • Michael

    any idea how I can create profiles? eg. I would like a ‘Car’ profile which would have: Sound ‘On’, Wifi ‘Off’, and Bluetooth ‘On’, a ‘Work’ profile which would have: Sound ‘Off’, Wifi ‘On’ and Bluetooth ‘Off’, and a ‘Home’ profile which would have: Sound ‘On’, Wifi ‘On’ and Bluetooth ‘Off’… Ideas?