Do not disturb on iPhone and how it works

Ever wondered what do not disturb mode does on iPhone especially if you new to it, I got you covered here on this article of do not disturb on iPhone and how it works.

In this article I will explain what is do not disturb mode based on the latest ios 15 and it went from the default do not disturb to focus mode. But all the same, yoi will still come across do not disturb mode in the focus mode on your iPhone.

First you should understand what do not disturb mode is all about on iPhone, it’s benefits and importance and why you should be using it especially when the need arises.

Let’s continue.

What is do not disturb on iPhone?

Do not disturb on iPhone is a phone feature that restrict some phone functions in order to prevent the user from being disturb while using the phone.

Some of the phone features restricted by do not disturb mode on iPhone includes the followings;

  • Calls 
  • Media sound
  • Notifications

There are certain reasons or some situations where by we wouldn’t want to be disturbed with calls and text messages or notifications i will say especially during work or in a meeting. Instead of enabling silent mode on your phone, you can chose to go for do not disturb on your iPhone.

One major advantage of do not disturb mode over silent mode is that you can set your do not disturb mode for a certain period of time. Once it reaches the end period or time, it will automatically stop on it’s own.

For silent mode, you will have to many turn it off else your phone will remain on silent. 

In some occasion you may forget that your phone is on silent mode and will miss lot’s notifications as it is not customizable. You can customize do not disturb mode and except some phone features, apps or contacts from do not disturb mode on your iPhone.

How does do not disturb work on iPhone? 

When do not disturb is enabled on iPhone, it will block phone features like calls, notifications, and media sound from working in an iPhone. 

It came to my notice that how do not disturb mode works on android is quite different on iPhone as I use both devices. On Android, do not disturb mode doesn’t block calls but rather it will silence the call and this will prevent the recipient from hearing the ringing tone.

The case is different on iPhone.

On iPhone, do not disturb mode will automatically block calls and the caller might think it is a network issue or probably you blocked him or her.

Now if the caller happens to call back within three minutes of the first call, the call will go through this time around.

Let me explain how do not disturb mode works on iPhone based on the three different functions I mentioned above.

1. Calls on do not disturb mode

On iPhone, once to enabled do not disturb mode it will automatically block calls or first time calls on your iPhone. 

What I mean by first time call is that if a caller happens to call you when your phone is on do not disturb mode, the call won’t go through as it will be blocked and ends immediately or redirected straight to the voicemail if available.

Now if the caller happens to call back again within a space of three minutes after the first call, the call will go through this time and will ring aloud.

Now if you happens to be in a meeting and this happens, seriously it will be very embarrassing. This is where I prefer how do not disturb mode works on android compared to iPhone. 

On Android, the call will go through but it will be silenced including sms text messages, notifications and media sound.

You can read more on does do not disturb mode block calls.

2. Text messages on do not disturb 

On iPhone, text messages will definitely get delivered on do not disturb mode as it doesn’t block or prevent text messages from getting sent or delivered.

However, it will be quite difficult to know that you have received a message if your phone is on do not disturb mode as the message notification will be silences.

You can read more on what happens to texts when do not disturb is on?

3. Media sound

Like I said earlier on, how do not disturb mode works on android is quite different on iPhone and this includes media sound. 

On android, once do not disturb is enabled it will automatically disable all media sound whicg includes YouTube videos, Instagram video, normal video player, Netflix videos, etc.

However, this is very much different on iPhone.

On iPhone, even f you enable do not disturb mode on your iPhone it won’t block media sound on YouTube, instagram, video app player, Netflix or streaming videos, etc.

4. Notifications

Notifications is another phone feature that is affected by do not disturb mode iPhone. Once you enable do not disturb on your iPhone, it will automatically block notification sound from apps and the phone itself.

How to turn on do not disturb on iPhone

To turn on do not disturb on iPhone;

1. Open the settings app and scroll down to focus(ios 15) or do not disturb on your iPhone.

2. Tap on focus or do not disturb. 

3. On do not disturb option, tap on it to go the next step

Do not disturb on iPhone

On the next page you will see the option or the button to enable do not disturb mode on your iPhone, go ahead and turn on the button then afterwards you can start the customization. 

Do not disturb on iPhone

Customizing do not disturb on iPhone

To customize do not disturb mode on your iPhone, simply tap on people or apps to get started with the customization. 

For example, you want to exempt a particular contact on your phone from do not disturb mode on your iPhone, all you have to do is to tap on People which is below ALLOWED NOTIFICATIONS just like on the picture below. 

Do not disturb on iPhone

Once you have tapped on people, select add and scroll down to the contact which you want to exempt from do not disturb mode when enabled on your iPhone.

Tap and select the contact and click on the done button.

Go back to the do not disturb homepage and you will see the contact listed below people in allowed notifications.

Now this literally means that calls and text messages from the person will go through and will ring out aloud.

Aside from contacts, you can also exempt apps from do not disturb mode. All you have to do is to go to do not disturb homepage and select apps by tapping on it.

Tap on the add button just like on the picture below.

Do not disturb allow notifications

Tap on the add button and select the app which you want to add to allow notifications. Once you have done that, notifications from the app will go through and won’t be on silent or silenced. 

As you can see on the above picture, I added my message app to allow notifications and which exempted the message app from do not disturb mode when enabled on my iPhone.

Scheduling do not disturb on iPhone

To schedule do not disturb on iPhone, open do not disturb settings on your iPhone tap on where it states add schedule or Automation.

Scheduling do not disturb on iPhone

You will see options which includes the followings;

  • Time 
  • Location
  • App 
  • Smart Activation

1. Time: This option involves you to schedule do not disturb mode from a certain period of time to another period of time. All you need to do is to tap on from and enter your desired starting time and to your desired ending time which is TO. 

Scheduling do not disturb on iPhone

You can also select your desired days and looking at the above picture, I selected all the number of days. So all you have to do is tap and un-select the days which thar you don’t fancy having do not disturb mode.

2. Location: In location, this allows your phone to automatically enable do not disturb once you are in certain location or environment. Immediately you arrived at the location do not disturb will automatically turn on but when you leave the location, do not disturb will turn off.

This is where iPhone do not disturb has an edge over android as this particular feature is lacking on android phone.

So all you have to do is search for the very location and it will bring out the location on your phone

3. Apps: You can chose to add do not disturb mode on certain app(s) and you will not receive notifications from the app on your iPhone.

4. Smart Activation: States that it automatically turn do not disturb on relevant times throughout the day based on signals like your location, app usage and more.

Difference between silent mode and do not disturb mode

The main difference between silent mode and do not disturb mode is that do not disturb mode block calls while silent mode don’t block calls.

Beloe are the difference between silent mode and do not disturb mode;

Silent mode Do not disturb mode 
Silent mode doesn’t block calls on iPhone.  Do not disturb mode do block calls on iPhone. 
Silent mode will silent all media sound on iPhone.  Do not disturb mode doesn’t silent media sound on iPhone. 
Silent mode do silent all notifications  Do not disturb will not silent exempted notifications. 
You cannot customize silent mode.  You can customize do not disturb mode. 
You can’t schedule and automatically enable silent mode on iPhone. You can schedule and automatically enable do not disturb on iPhone. 

How to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone

To turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone, pull down the control panel and press hold on do not disturb or focus, tap on do not disturb settings and turn it off.

Another method is by opening the settings app and scroll down and open focus or do not disturb depending on your ios version.

Open do not disturb and kindly turn it off.

Do you still get messages on Do Not Disturb?

Yes you will still get messages on do not disturb mode on iPhone and android phone as do not disturb does not bloc messages.

Kindly note that you can send and receive text messages while your phone is on do not disturb mode. This is both applicable to android phone and the iPhone.

Can you see missed calls on Do Not Disturb?

Yes you can see missed calls on do not disturb mode. As do not disturb mode block calls on iPhone, it will automatically appear as a missed call on your iPhone.

Aside from that, you will still see missed calls on your iPhone even on do not disturb mode.

What does caller hear when Do Not Disturb is on?

By default, on do not disturb mode, calls song go through and calls won’t hear anything as calls will end abruptly or go straight to voicemail.

How do you call someone whose phone is on Do Not Disturb?

To call someone on do not disturb on iPhone, call the first and whicg will not go through, then call back immediately or within three minutes and this time the call will definitely go through. 

This is how do not disturb mode on iPhone works. 

On iPhone, first call will not go through but if the caller happens to call back again immediately or within a space of three minutes, the call this time will go through to the recipient.

What does do not disturb do on iphone?

On iPhone, do not disturb block calls, silences notifications and messages in order to prevent a phone user from being disturbed with calls, notifications and messages.

How to use do not disturb iphone

To use do not disturb on iPhone, kindly open the settings app and scroll down and open focus or do not disturb. Turn on do not disturb mode on your iPhone and you are good to go. 

Kindly scroll up and you will see how do not disturb mode works on iPhone and how you can use and customize it. 

This is all I have for you on do not disturb on iPhone and how it works. 

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