Our smartphones have the tendency to ring or buzz at the most inopportune time—in meetings, at movies, while we’re just trying to get some #$%& sleep oh please stop buzzing it’s three in the morning!
Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. But iOS’s Do Not Disturb feature can help you rest a little easier.
Do Not Disturb dials down dinging devices
Do Not Disturb effectively silences almost all notifications while you aren’t actively using your phone. You can set it so your phone won’t ring or buzz when you receive phone calls, new text messages, new email, or new invitations from annoying “friends” who want to challenge you to a game of Candy Crush or whatever.
Certain notifications get through no matter what, such as timers and alarms set through the Clock app. You may still receive various government alerts too, such as emergency alerts and AMBER alerts. But as we’ll see, you can customize Do Not Disturb so it works better for you.
The basics: Turn on Do Not Disturb
In case you’re new to iOS—or just haven’t poked around your phone that much—here’s how to switch off and on Do Not Disturb manually.
The easiest way to toggle Do Not Disturb on or off is to go through Control Center: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the Do Not Disturb button, as denoted by a crescent-moon icon.