With the addition of Focus in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple has added Do Not Disturb iPhone to silent alerts, calls, and notifications, once the device is locked. Not to mention, there is also an option to schedule Do Not Disturb, as well as allow you to receive calls from certain contacts. 

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How to Turn On Do Not Disturb for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Devices?

Once you turn on the Do Not Disturb mode, you can find a crescent moon icon right at your status bar and the Lock Screen. In order to turn on Do Not Disturb, first check which version of iOS or iPadOS you are running on your device. 

Go to Settings General About and look for the Software Version. If you are currently running on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, follow the steps down below: 

Step 1: Head over to Settings and tap on Focus.

Step 2: Tap on Do Not Disturb

Step 3: Choose the custom option for notification that works the best for you. 

There is also a way through which you can turn on Do Not Disturb right from the Control Center.

Step 1: Open up the Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 

Step 2: Tap on Focus and select Do Not Disturb


  • The steps mentioned below don’t apply to iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and lower models.
  • For anyone using Apple Watch, turning on Do Not Disturb for your iPhone enables the same on your Apple Watch. 

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb for iOS 14, iPad OS 14, and Earlier? 

The overall process slightly differs for older versions including iOS 14 and earlier. Follow the steps down below to turn on Do Not Disturb. 

Step 1: Head over to Settings > Do Not Disturb

Step 2: You can either schedule Do Not Disturb or turn it on manually. 

Users can also turn on Do Not Disturb right from the Control Center.

Step 1: Bring up the Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 

Step 2: Tap on the crescent moon icon to turn on Do Not Disturb. Similarly, you can also press the icon to set up a specific time frame. 

How to Change Do Not Disturb Settings? 

There are instances where you might feel not to be disturbed for a certain period of time. This is where you can schedule and tweak certain features on Do Not Disturb. Here’s how you can change the Do Not Disturb settings on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. 

Step 1: Head over to Settings Focus

Step 2: Tap on Do Not Disturb

Step 3: Head over to the ‘Allowed Notification’ and tap on one of the following options: 

Go to People Calls From and you can customize your preferences, based on whose calls you would receive during Do Not Disturb. 

Go to Apps Add Apps and click on the checkbox to allow notifications from your preferred apps. 

Step 4: Tap on Add Schedule or Automation and you can schedule your Do Not Disturb based on time, location and app. 

With iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and earlier, follow the steps down below: 

Step 1: Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb

Step 2: Turn on Scheduled and set up accordingly. 

Step 3: Users can choose when they want to receive calls, alerts, and notifications. 

Silence: Allows users to silent calls and notifications, either when the device is locked or always. 

Allow Calls From: Users can select the contacts from whom they would receive calls during Do Not Disturb. 

Repeated Calls: If someone calls you more than once within three minutes, the second call is not silenced. 

Customize Do Not Disturb While Driving for iOS 14 and Earlier

Step 1: Go to Settings and tap on Do Not Disturb. 

Step 2: Scroll down until you find DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING.

Step 3: Select Activate

Step 4: Select the option that works the best for you. 

1. Automatically 

Selecting Automatically is by far the safest option if you don’t want to toggle between your preferences. But the only downside of the Automatically feature is that it will turn on every time you are riding a vehicle. Even that includes being in the passenger seat. You have to turn it off manually. 

2. When Connected to Car Bluetooth 

This is by far the most preferred option, given you have Bluetooth connectivity on your vehicle. The Do Not Disturb feature gets turned on, every time you connect your iPhone to your car’s Bluetooth. 

3. Manually

Getting complete control over your choices, you can manually opt-in and out of the feature. Go to Settings > Control Center and click on the ‘+’ icon next to Do Not Disturb While Driving

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The Bottom Line

So that was our curated guide on how to use Do Not Disturb on iPhone. Let us know in the comment section below, which iPhone guide you want us to cover next? 

Tathagata is a avid lover of sci-fi films and technology. An aspiring electrical engineer and a passionate technical writer. He is very friendly, realist and always on the hunt for latest technological advancements.


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