New in iOS 7: Silence incoming calls and notifications while iPhone is unlocked


‘Do Not Disturb’ was one of our favorite iOS 6 features.

But it didn’t meet all our requirements as the incoming calls and notifications were silenced only when the iPhone is locked. In iOS 6, Apple assumed that when we’re using your iPhone, we’re fine to be disturbed by calls and notifications.

That’s not always the case, there are times when we don’t want to be disturbed and want to silence notifications and calls, say while we’re writing an important email or watching a video or maybe even while playing a game.

Thankfully in iOS 7 you can silence incoming calls and notifications while the iPhone is unlocked. You don’t need to use guided access as a workaround.

As you can see in the screenshot below, you can select Always under Silence (Settings app -> Do Not Disturb), if you want to silence incoming calls and notifications while the iPhone is either locked or unlocked.


The default option is Only while iPhone is locked, which as the name suggests only silences incoming calls and notifications while the iPhone is locked like previously.

Apple has also made couple of other minor changes to the Do not disturb feature:

  • The settings for the Do Not Disturb feature can now be accessed directly from the Settings main page just below Control Center and is not hidden under Notifications.
  • The little crescent moon icon has moved from the left hand side of the time field on the Status bar to the left of the battery indicator as you can see in the screenshot below.

Let us know what you think of the improvements to the Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 7.

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  • Hussain

    Locked means while the phone is not in use, not locked as in locked with a code!

  • ALesemann

    HOW DO I GET RID OF THE SILENCE?? Please don’t just repeat the obvious …turn your phone off and on, is it on mute, check the switch on the side, etc. etc. I’ve done all that. You have two options: make it silent for EVERYONE and only when locked. I do not want it silent when locked. I will silence it myself if I want it that way! It’s been written that, no worries! your calls will come through unless it’s on mute. Um, no. I’ve missed many calls from folks and I simply want to get rid of this silence option. Any thoughts?