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How to Turn off iPhone & iPad Notifications with Do Not Disturb

If you want to focus on what you’re doing on your iPhone or iPad for a while, temporarily stop any incoming alerts and messages

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Nobody likes being interrupted half way through something, especially if you’re putting the final touches on a creative project or about to overtake someone in Real Racing 3. And equally, many of us have certain times of the day or night where we like to silence our devices for a while, so we can spend some quality time with our friends and family, catch a little shuteye or focus on getting some work done.

Do Not Disturb makes it easy for you to do this. If you switch this feature on, any calls, notifications or alerts that you receive from your apps will be silenced. More than that, they won’t even appear on-screen to disturb you – so if someone tries to FaceTime you while you are in Do Not Disturb mode, they will be informed that you are busy and you will see their call in the Missed area of your Notification Centre, when you choose to open it.

As well as being able to switch this feature on and off whenever you want to use it, you can also set up a schedule so that you don’t even have to do that – it’s great for regular periods of quiet time like working or overnight hours. Plus, there are a couple of other aspects of the feature that you can tweak depending on how you want to use Do Not Disturb. It’s simple to set up, so let’s get started.

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1 Switch it on manually

Head into your Settings app and then tap Do Not Disturb, which is at the bottom of the second set of options on the left. Slide the Manual switch at the top to enable the feature.

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2 Set a schedule

Beneath that is the Scheduled switch. Slide that across to set your quiet hours by selecting the From and To fields and then using the wheels below to choose the times.

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3 Allow certain calls

Next is Allow Calls From. Tap this to see the Everyone, No One and Favourites options at the top, and then below that a list of any groups that you’ve set up in your Contacts app.

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4 Give a second chance

The Repeated Calls option enables people to reach you if they try to FaceTime you twice in three minutes. Enable if you’re worried about missing calls from people not on your Allow list.

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5 Set up silence

If you want more control, tick the very bottom option so that Do Not Disturb only functions while your device is locked. That way, when you’re actually using it you can still be reached.

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6 Use Control Center

If you’re going for a manual approach, don’t forget to make use of Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom and you’ll see a crescent moon icon for Do Not Disturb.

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