iOS Concept: Enabling ‘Do Not Disturb’ Via Notification Center

One of my favorite iOS 6 features is the Do Not Disturb feature, which I’ve been using quite frequently.

Unfortunately, due the lack of SBSettings like feature that gives us quick access to frequently used toggles, you’ve to exit the current app and open the Settings app to enable and disable the ‘Do Not Disturb’ toggle.

This is quite painful if you enable or disable the feature manually rather than scheduling it (especially for meetings).

UI Designer – Sentry of the Auxo fame has recently published a new concept to address this issue by allowing users to enable or disable the Do Not Disturb feature via the Notification Center.

He explains:

At first, I looked at the Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion (which allows you to enable and disable a DND-like function via an on/off switch) and came up with this. However, I found it to be unintuitive to have a two step process when the original point was to make enabling DND less of a hassle. Inspired by Do Not Disturb’s status bar animation that presents the moon in an eclipse fashion, I came up with this;

As you pull downward, the circular moon dynamically animates and eclipses into a crescent moon icon; the Do Not Disturb symbol. Releasing when it becomes a crescent will enable DND.


The animation for Pull to enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode is pretty cool. This solution also will gives users the ability to enable the feature from anywhere in the iOS without leaving the app we’re currently using by moving the toggle to Notification Center.

I hope someone from the iOS jailbreak community makes this concept a reality. Let me know what you think of the concept in the comments below.

Via: Sentry’s Dribbble page


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  • Meredith West

    Actually, there is one. Check out “do not disturb 2″ in the modmyi repo. Here’s a pic of mine to give u an idea of how it’s separate from the other sbsettings toggles.

    • Codelicious

      Yeah, that’s really ugly though. The one in the article is more apple like.

      Hope they jb the iPhone 5 so I can have this feature.

      • Abel Goddard

        A) it’s not ugly, and B) that was a rude thing to say. I might say the one in the article is perhaps a more elegant way to do it, but hers is more obvious and intuitive and similar to the actual iOS toggle.

        • Sebastian Rasch

          Yes it is REALLY ugly, I can only second that.

          • Abel Goddard

            Ugly is subjective, granted, but how is that ugly? it’s just text and a toggle. Nothing there to even judge, really. Just a simple line item.

          • Sebastian Rasch

            Well you obviously don’t have much of a clue about design. No offence.
            For starters, the font is TERRIBLE. Than is the fact, that it is JUST text, not really beneficial to a good design and doesn’t fit to the iOS standard. The alignment is wrong. The worst of it all are the little icons on the very top in much too little resolution but I guess that’s a different app. ;)

          • Abel Goddard

            Really? You’re going to judge the font? It’s clearly a system font that she installed. Personal choice. Can’t fault her for that.

            I’ll give you off-center. That’s all, though. Saying that it being just text and doesn’t fit iOS is dumb – go look at it in the General Settings. It’s a line item consisting of text and a toggle. The ONLY thing you can legitimately fault is that the alignment is off center and should actually be centered. The rest of the items displayed are just fine or are not even hers to be responsible for; at worst it’s no skin off her back, at best it’s her own good design work.

            So, again, I don’t see any justification for calling it ugly, and certainly no cause to be rude about it.

  • Alan

    That’s a pretty cool concept. I could definitely do with something like this.

  • Tim

    The only downside that I could think of is you could end up enabling or disabling the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature accidentally as it mimics the pull to refresh feature.

    • pakaku

      If you drag down and have to hold it for about a second or two, that could eliminate any accidental DNDing…

      • iPhoneHacks

        That’s a good point. I guess it can be handled at the implementation level.