30 Second Tips - Do Not Disturb

This is the 40th post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

When Apple introduced iOS 6 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch they included a handy little featured called Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb makes it so that your iOS device does not disturb you by ringing, vibrating, making noises (e.g. new mail sound) or by showing notifications.

If you are in a meeting or perhaps need to have some focused time to get some work done without distractions you can manually turn on Do Not Disturb.

Tap on Settings

Transient

Tap on the On switch for Do Not Disturb to activate Do Not Disturb mode. To turn Do Not Disturb tap on the switch again to turn it off.

Note: You can tell that Do Not Disturb is activated because you will see a little crescent moon to the left of the time in the status bar.

Transient

Besides just turning Do Not Disturb mode on and off you can schedule Do Not Disturb. This can come in handy if you don't want to be disturbed in the middle of the night by your iPhone buzzing with new emails.

Tap on Settings

Transient

Tap on Notifications

Transient

Tap on Do Not Disturb

Transient

Tap the On switch for Scheduled. You can tap on the area below to pick the time frame where your iOS device will be in Do Not Disturb mode. I have chosen to have my iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode from 10:00pm to 7:00am.

Transient

You will notice that you can choose to Allow Calls From certain people. Choices include:

  • Everyone
  • No One
  • Favorites
  • Groups that you have set up in your Contacts app

I have my iPhone set to allow calls from everyone in my Favorites list. Anyone else that calls between 10:00pm - 7:00am goes straight to voicemail.

You can also turn on Repeated Calls. When this is turned on a call will come through if someone calls twice from the same number within three minutes.

Do Not Disturb is more beneficial for iPhone users, but can still come in handy for iPad users. Before iOS 6 and Do Not Disturb, I would sometimes hear the new Mail sound on my iPad in the other room during the middle of the night. I no longer have that problem!