How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode

By , Dec 28, 2015

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If you have developed a healthy habit of going to bed and getting up at regular times, ensuring that notifications and calls don’t buzz at the most inopportune time is key to good night’s sleep. Since iOS 6, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads have included a Do Not Disturb mode, and Macs since OS X Mountain Lion.

When enabled, it silences all incoming calls and alerts. But did you know that Do Not Disturb can be scheduled? I set my devices to auto-enter Do Not Disturb to prevent alerts from ringing, vibrating or lighting up the screen while I’m asleep.

In this post, we’re going to teach you how to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac to turn on and off at the same times every day, choose who to allow calls from, when you want to be disturbed and more.

Setting a schedule for Do Not Disturb ensures that you won’t be disturbed at a certain time. Keep in mind that this feature is device-specific so you’ll need to individually set up Do Not Disturb scheduling for each of your devices.

Even though you don’t see or hear notifications arrive in Do Not Disturb mode, your device collects them in the Notification Center where they can be viewed later.

How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on iOS

Step 1: Go to Settings → Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Flip the Scheduled button to the ON position, as shown below.

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Step 3: Now set quiet hours for Do Not Disturb mode.

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Step 4: Now choose when to be disturbed when Do Not Disturb mode is on:

  • Allow Calls From—Allow calls from everyone, no one, your favorites or specific contact groups stored on your device or your iCloud account.
  • Repeated Calls—If someone calls you twice within three minutes, the call won’t be silenced.
  • Silence—Choose to silence calls and notifications always or only when the device is locked.

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That’s it, your iOS device will not automatically enter and exit Do Not Disturb mode at the same time every day. When a device is in Do Not Disturb mode, a moon icon is shown in iOS’s status bar at the top of the screen.

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To manually turn Do Not Disturb on and off, flip the Schedule switch to the OFF position and set Manual to the ON/OFF position to enable/disable the feature.

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Or, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center, and then tap the crescent moon icon. Manually entering and exiting Do Not Disturb mode won’t change your set scheduling times and options.

How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on OS X

Step 1: Open System Preferences on your Mac.

Step 2: Click on Notifications preferences.

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Step 3: Select Do Not Disturb on the left, then choose a schedule on the right.

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Step 4: Optionally, elect to receive call alerts even when Do Not Disturb is on:

  • Allow calls from everyone—All calls on this Mac are enabled and won’t be silenced.
  • Allow repeated calls—A second call from the same person within three minutes will go through and will not be silenced.

That’s it, from now on Do Not Disturb will pause all notifications at your custom times, each and every day. As a nice bonus, notifications on your Mac stop when the display is in sleep or when you’re projecting the screen.

To manually enable Do Not Disturb mode, click the Notification Center icon in the menu bar and swipe down to reveal a hidden Do Not Disturb button.

Click it to toggle Do Not Disturb on or off.

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If the Notification Center icon in your Mac’s menu bar is dimmed, as depicted by the screenshot below, you are in Do Not Disturb mode.

Tip: To pause notifications until midnight, just hold down the Option (⌥) key while you click the Notification Center icon in the menu bar.

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  • Ds

    Is there a way I can schedule what days D.N.D runs as well? Like with a jailbreak tweak?

    • Skoven

      Activator can do this… i have mine set to DND on specific days (from sunday to thursday at 23:00 to 06:00) – that way it won’t enable on the weekends.
      If you temporarily want to disable it (vacation perhaps), you can create another profile in Activator and which to that one (i have a “vacation” one in mine that has all my other Activator actions, except DND).

      • Ds

        Sweet thank you! I never thought to use activator because I don’t actually use activator at all haha

      • Skoven

        np.
        You have to “build” the actions in activator btw. (top right corner).

      • Furrnace

        @Skoven THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for a DND scheduling system for my iPhone for years now. Haven’t found anything yet. I had no idea it was right under my nose this whole time, and something I could customize in Activator (something I’ve been using for 7 years now). I am an avid jailbreaker and wanted to setup DND time for church every Sunday. But I also have DND set for every night (which is amazing BTW) and helps me get a good night’s sleep–so I wasn’t able to schedule both. It bugs me that Apple hasn’t built this into iOS yet. Much obliged buddy!

  • Shlomy Malka

    God one.

  • Aleksandar Kojić

    I use automatic DND mode over the night for some time on iPhone. Very useful feature indeed.