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What happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you?

Last Updated on April 26, 2022 by Kennedy

Looking at the question we have here, what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you?

Will the call go on voice mail or probably will not ring out loud. I’ve the answer for you right in this article. 

Do not disturb is one of the best feature in a smartphone, quite very different from the silent mode as one can customize the do not disturb mode and add exceptions to it.

This feature has been a lot helpful to me as I do use in a place where I don’t need my phone to ring aloud because of notifications.

Now let’s jump in to the question we have here.

What happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you

If your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you, the call will not go through if you are using an iPhone but it will go through if you are using an android phone but it will be silenced. 

On android especially the google pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, if you happens to have an active voicemail on your phone the call will be redirected to the voicemail. 

I’m saying this based on experience with do not disturb mode on my Samsung Galaxy phone. I know that this is the same with other android phones on do not disturb mode.

When you activated the do not disturb mode on your phone, it automatically silenced every sound on your mobile phone but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to receive calls from your phone, but rather it will not ring aloud.

This is how do not disturb work on android phone especially the Samsung mobile phones and I do believe that it is similar to iphones.

So if you’re using an android phone, the answer to the question of what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you is the call will go through but will not or never ring aloud except if you added the calls or a particular contact to do not disturb exceptions.

But on iPhone the call won’t go through but if the person or the caller calls back within three minutes, the call will go through. 

If someone happens to call you on do not disturb mode on iPhone, the first call will not go through and instead what you will see on your phone is a missed call. 

What happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you?

Do not disturb exceptions

Do not disturb exceptions is a feature in the do not disturb mode that exclude some phone features from the do not disturb mode if activated on a mobile phone.

Let’s use the calls as an example. You want to activate the do not disturb mode on your mobile phone but would want the calls to ring out aloud. In this case, you will have to add the calls to do not disturb exceptions and whenever you turned on the do not disturb mode on your mobile phone, calls will ring aloud.

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If maybe you have a particular contact you want to exclude from do not disturb mode and not all contacts, you will add the contact to exceptions.

This is how to go about it.

■ Start by opening the settings app and scroll down to notification, tap to open. Look closely and you will see the do not disturb feature among the options displayed to you.

■ Tap on do not disturb to open the settings, right there you will do your customizations. Now to add some features to do not disturb exceptions, tap on allow exceptions button just like on the picture below.

what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you

■ Tap on allow exceptions and right there you will see all the options and features to add to do not disturb exceptions. As we are focused on what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you, let’s use calls as an example.

■ On tapping on allow exceptions, tap on calls from. On Samsung phone, you will see three options which includes favorites, all, and none. If you have a particular contact you want to add to allow exceptions, add the contact to favorites and select favorites on allow exceptions.

■ When you do this, all contacts in favorites will ring aloud on do not disturb mode.

If you look closely again, you will see where it states repeat callers and it states that this feature allow calls when they’re received from the same phone number more than once within 15 minutes.

You can enable the feature it you prefer or want calls to ring out loud when when they’re received from the same phone number more than once within 15 minutes.

Do not exceptions on iPhone 

As android has do not disturb mode exceptions so as iPhone has theirs as well. On iPhone, it is called ALLOWED NOTIFICATIONS and which gives you the option to allow calls to go through, messages, media and other notifications to ring aloud when do not disturb mode is enabled. 

To allow notifications on iPhone when do not disturb is enabled, open the settings app and scroll down to Focus or do not disturb, or you can pull down the control panel and open do not disturb. 

Do not disturb

Once you have opened do not disturb setting, you will see ALLOWED NOTIFICATIONS option which is categorized into two;

  • People
  • Apps 

Kindly tap on Apps just like on the picture below. 

DND on iphone

As you have tapped on apps, on the next screen tap on the add option, scroll down to messages and tap on the message app and finally tap done. Press back and you can still add more apps to allow notifications.

Then if you have a particular contact that you would want to receive it’s calls and text messages while on do not disturb mode on your iPhone, on the ALLOWED NOTIFICATION tap on people and select the contact. 

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Back to the question we have, what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you. The call will go through but will not ring out loud unless the recipient added it to allow exceptions.

Remember, on iPhone, the call will not go through but upon calling back within three minutes the call will go through. So if you happen to find yourself self in an office meeting or any kind i will advise you to put your cell phone on silent mode instead of do not disturb mode. 

If someone’s phone is on Do not Disturb will the message say delivered?

The answer is yes. The message will say delivered as do not disturb mode doesn’t block or prevent text messages from getting delivered on iPhone and android phone.

However, for calls, do not disturb mode will block calls on iPhone but will go through on android though it will be silenced. 

On iPhone, if the caller calls back immediately or within three minutes, the call will go through. 

What happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you on whatsapp

When your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you on whatsapp, the call will go through but it will not ring out loud. This is how do not disturb mode works on android phones.

You don’t have to bother yourself thinking if indeed the calls will go through, definitely it will but it will be on silent mode, will not ring out loud.

Can you see missed calls on do not disturb Android?

The answer is yes. You will definitely see all your missed calls on do not disturb mode on your android phone.

What makes you think that you won’t see all your misses calls when you put your phone on do not disturb mode, the only thing it does is to silence your phone but calls will go through though it will be on silent.

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Apart from missed calls, you will see the messages and also the notifications received when your phone is on do not disturb mode.

Do texts come through on Do Not Disturb?

Yes of course, messages do go through when phone is on do not disturb mode. However, the message sounds will be silenced because of the do not disturb but it will be delivered to the recipient.

However, if added to allow exceptions, the message sound will ring out loud. Do not worry if text indeed will go through cause definitely texts will go through, sent and delivered on do not disturb mode on android.

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If you’re using an android phone, this is the best answer you can get on the question of what happens when your phone is on do not disturb and someone calls you. Remember, your calls will go through but it will be on silent mode.