How does the “Do Not Disturb” mode actually work, and what is it for? We would like to show you which settings you can make.
Many will surely know it. You go to bed, put your iPhone on the nightstand, plug it in, and in the middle of the night, your iPhone vibrates, or you get new emails or other notifications. If you’re a light sleeper, you can wake up quickly, and it’s over with the bedtime routine. With iOS 6, Apple introduced the “Do Not Disturb” mode, which can prevent exactly such scenarios.
What is do not disturb on iPhone?
I have been using the “Do Not Disturb” mode for quite a long time and find it simply practical. When you activate it, the phone will receive incoming notifications, but the iPhone remains mute. The display doesn’t light up, no sounds are heard, and the vibration is deactivated.
We would like to break down in detail how exactly the “Do Not Disturb” mode works. Finally, you’ll find information on the “Do Not Disturb” mode on the Mac.
Turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode correctly
You can find the “Do not disturb” mode under Settings > Do not disturb. Here you can activate and terminate the mode. Because: You can not only activate the status “Do not disturb” manually but also schedule it.
To do this, simply activate the “Scheduled” switch and set the time window in which the “Do not disturb” it should activate mode. Select the time window “from 10:15 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.” and am do not disturb during the night.
Personalize the mode
But what happens if I miss an important call during the night? iOS has an option for that, too. Under “Allow calls,” you can choose who will still come through, even if the “Do Not Disturb” mode is active. Here you can choose between “Everyone,” “None,” “Favorites,” or groups. I have selected the favorites here.
- Everyone: Every caller will be put through, no matter if he is stored in the address book or not.
- None: All calls are blocked and not put through.
- Favorites: All callers who are saved as favorites are put through; all others are not.
- Groups: All callers who are saved in the group are put through; all others are not.
Of course, it may happen that an important call comes in that does not belong to the group of exceptions you have chosen. With “Repeated calls,” you can activate the option that a caller who calls twice in a row will be put through, although the “Do not disturb” mode is activated.
- Repeated calls: If someone calls twice within three minutes, it will not mute the call.
Last but not least, there is the “Mute” option. You can choose between “Always” and “Only when locked.”
- Always: The iPhone or iPad is completely muted in Do Not Disturb mode and muted when used.
- Only in lock state: If the iPhone is locked, i.e., the display is darkened, the device is set to mute. All calls and messages are put through if the display is activated or the iPhone is operated.
The iPhone switches to “Do Not Disturb” mode on schedule is something I really like and is visualize by the half moon in the status bar. However, there is no option to change the weekend settings or extend the times. Only the manual method remains here.
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Activate “Do Not Disturb” mode manually
You can activate or deactivate the “Do not disturb” mode manually under Settings > Do Not Disturb, but it is a bit easier via the Control Center, which you can open with a swipe from the bottom to the top of the display.
Here, you can activate or deactivate the “Do Not Disturb” mode with a single click on the crescent moon icon. Scheduled scheduling remains unaffected, but users who manually deactivate the mode within the time slot have to activate it again manually. If it is not automatically reactivate within the time slot.
How to turn off on the Mac
Yes, do not disturb exists on the Mac as well. The function was first introduced with OS X Mountain Lion and is still part of the system. On the Mac, I don’t make use of the feature myself, as I put my MacBook or iMac to sleep or turn it off completely when I’m not using it. If your Mac is always active, you can also schedule the Do Not Disturb feature here for any reason.
Under System Preferences > Messages, you can also configure all settings so that the Mac does not display any messages or calls in the selected time window. Optionally, you can also switch the mode on or off directly via the notification center.
You can open the notification center via the icon in the upper right corner. If the icon is gray color, “Do not disturb” is active. You can activate the mode even faster with a small trick. By holding down the Alt key and clicking on the icon, “Do Not Disturb” is quickly turned on or off.
A short conclusion
The “Do not disturb” mode is indispensable for me on the iPhone. I don’t want to be disturbed by incoming emails, calls, or WhatsApp messages at night. That should be perfectly sufficient if I’m available for 15 hours out of 24. On the Mac, I have never used the function. In my way of working, I see no benefit in it.
The question for you: Do you turn off the iPhone completely at night? Do you also have the do not disturb mode set on schedule? Do you just flip the silent switch?
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