Set Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Set Do Not Disturb on iPhone

To quickly silence iPhone, whether you’re in a movie theater or going to dinner, turn on Do Not Disturb. It silences notifications and calls and prevents them from lighting up the screen.

Turn on Do Not Disturb

Ask Siri. Say something like: “Turn on Do Not Disturb,” or “Turn off Do Not Disturb.” Learn how to ask Siri.

  1. You can also open Control Center, then tap the Do Not Disturb icon to turn on Do Not Disturb.

    When Do Not Disturb is on, the Do Not Disturb icon appears in the status bar.

  2. To choose an ending time for Do Not Disturb, touch and hold the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center, then choose an option, such as “For 1 hour” or “Until the end of this event.”

    You can also tap Schedule, turn on Scheduled, then set beginning and ending times.

    The screen for choosing how long to leave on Do Not Disturb—the options are “For 1 hour,” “Until this evening,” “Until I leave this location,” and “Until the end of this event.”

Allow calls when Do Not Disturb is on

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Allow Calls From: To allow incoming calls from selected groups.

    • Turn on Repeated Calls: To allow repeated calls from the same number to come through for emergencies.

Allow calls from emergency contacts when Do Not Disturb is on

You can allow calls and messages from specific contacts when Do Not Disturb is turned on, follow these steps:

  1. Open Contacts .

  2. Select a contact, then tap Edit.

  3. Tap Ringtone or Text Tone, then turn on Emergency Bypass.

    Or, create a Medical ID and identify an emergency contact.

Even if Do Not Disturb is on, calls and messages from your emergency contacts come through.

Schedule quiet hours

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.

  2. Turn on Scheduled, then set the start time and end time for quiet hours.

Tip: In the Health app, you can set a bedtime schedule to help you meet your sleep goals. See Set up your first sleep schedule in Health on iPhone.

Choose when Do Not Disturb silences iPhone

You can choose whether Do Not Disturb silences iPhone only when it’s locked, or even when it’s unlocked.

  1. Go to Settings  > Do Not Disturb.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Silence iPhone any time Do Not Disturb is on: Tap Always.

    • Silence iPhone only when it’s locked: Tap While iPhone is locked.

To help keep calls, text messages, and notifications from distracting you while you drive, use Do Not Disturb While Driving.

To dim your display and silence notifications while you sleep, see Set up your first sleep schedule in Health on iPhone.

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