How to Enable/Disable 'Do Not Disturb' on Apple Device

Apple offers a setting that will temporarily silence calls, notifications and alerts when the screen is locked. These steps will show you how to turn the feature on or off.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of device settings

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus

Estimated Time: <1 minute

Expected Outcome: Preferred calls, alerts and notifications are silenced when screen is locked

Tools Required: Apple device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch)

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Using the Settings Application

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on 'Do Not Disturb'
  3. Toggle the switch to enable it (it will be green or white depending on the on/off status)
    1. (Optional) Make adjustments to settings for Do Not Disturb, including setting a schedule, setting exceptions for calls that can still come through or repeated calls
  4. Go back into Settings>Do Not Disturb and click button to disable it when done

Using Apple Control Center (Faster)

  1. Open the Control Center
    1. This varies per iOS version and device, generally you will need to swipe down from the top right corner of your screen, or swipe up from the bottom of your screen
  2. Tap crescent moon icon to enable Do Not Disturb
    1. (Optional) Press and hold crescent moon icon to quickly adjust any schedules/rules about Do Not Disturb you may have created
  3. Open Control Center and tap the crescent moon icon again to disable