How to Enable Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Tired of people texting you in the middle of the night while you’re trying to sleep? Even with the phone on mute, the screen lights up when you get a notification which can be annoying.

The “Do Not Disturb” mode on the iPhone can help you disconnect from the online world, by silencing all audio and visual notifications. There are two main ways to turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode. The steps in this article were taken on iOS 15.3.1.

Using the Settings App

  1. Open the “Settings” app.

    Settings App on the Home Screen of the iPhone
    Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Focus.

    The Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Focus.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb.

    Focus Section in the Settings App
    Tap Do Not Disturb.
  4. Once you’ve adjusted the settings according to your preferences, enable Do Not Disturb by turning the toggle to the right.

    Do Not Disturb Mode on the iPhone
    Enable Do Not Disturb.
  5. You can also schedule it so that it turns on automatically at a time you specify.

    Scheduling Do Not Disturb Mode on the iPhone
    Schedule Do Not Disturb mode.

Using the Control Center

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner to open “Control Center”.

    Control Center on the iPhone
    Swipe down from the top right corner.
  2. Tap Focus. On iOS 14 or earlier, there is a crescent moon icon instead of the “Focus” button.

    Focus Button in Control Center of the iPhone
    Tap Focus.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb to enable it.

    Do Not Disturb Mode in Control Center
    Tap Do Not Disturb to enable it.
  4. If you tap the three dots, you can change the duration of the “Do Not Disturb” mode.

    Do Not Disturb Options in Control Center
    Tap the three dots to schedule Do Not Disturb mode.

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