Set “Do Not Disturb” to Always Be Silent on the iPhone

Nov 4, 2013 - 4 Comments

Do Not Disturb mode turned ON in iOS

Do Not Disturb is an excellent feature of iOS that, when turned on, mutes notifications and alerts for all incoming calls, messages, and apps. It’s easy to toggle on and off, providing for some digital peace and quiet with a quick switch. But if you’re actively using an unlocked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while Do Not Disturb is on, the alerts, calls, and notifications will still make sounds, which may defeat the purpose of the setting for some users, and can make it appear as if the Do Not Disturb feature is not working at all. That’s what we’ll settle here, insuring that Do Not Disturb remains always silent when it’s set on. Even if the iOS device is actively in use, all phone calls, texts, and alerts will automatically be silenced (unless they’re on the exceptions list, of course). It’s a simple settings adjustment available in new versions of iOS, but one that is often overlooked:

  • Open “Settings” and head to “Do Not Disturb”
  • Scroll down to the “Silence” section and choose “Always”
  • Exit out of Settings

Set Do Not Disturb to always be silent

Now when Do Not Disturb is enabled with the “Always Silent” option, everything will be silenced, regardless of whether the iPhone is actively in use or not, and you won’t need to manually silence calls or notifications that come in when the feature is on and you’re actively using the device. This is probably the expectation of the feature for most users to begin with, since it’s sort of like muting the device anyway, except that specific contacts and repeat calls can be exempted from Do Not Disturb, thus accounting for truly important situations.

For the unfamiliar, the simplest way to toggle Do Not Disturb ON and OFF by swiping up from either the Lock Screen or from anywhere else in iOS to summon Control Center, then tapping on the crescent moon icon.

Enable Do Not Disturb mode in iOS through Control Center

To really set it up Do Not Disturb properly you’ll want to set schedules and exceptions as we covered here when the feature first came out, this lets specified callers get through even if the feature is turned on, plus it can allow the feature to enable and disable itself on a set timeline, like the evening.

iPhone users will probably get the most use out of this, because the feature is a great way to avoid phone calls and text messages arriving at inopportune times, but of course the trick also applies to the iPad and iPod touch.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. DCJ001 says:

    The tip says:

    “Now when Do Not Disturb is enabled with the “Always Silent” option, everything will be silenced, regardless of whether the iPhone is actively in use or not,”

    But, as in your picture, the “Repeated Calls” option is enabled by default. This allows repeat callers in a three minute window to call back and bypass the Do Not Disturb setting, unless the setting is turned off.

  2. xzrf says:

    Dnd on iphone does not MUTE incoming calls. It rejects them. There’s a difference – the caller gets a busy tone. It renders the feature useless to me – I would rather have the ringtone muted during dnd. And it renders the allow repeat calls especially useless as the caller gets a busy tone, they all call again in a few moments.

  3. Richard says:

    Where did you get your wallpaper from?

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