How to schedule Do Not Disturb on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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, iPhone and iPad 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

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

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

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3) Now set quiet hours for Do Not Disturb mode.

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

  • Silence:Choose to silence calls and notifications always or only when the device is locked.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving: Limit notifications while driving which can be set to Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth, or Manually.
  • Auto-Replies: Create automatic replies and decide who they’re sent to when in Do Not Disturb mode.

Do Not Disturb Options on iPhone

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.

Or, open Control Center, and then tap the crescent moon icon. You can also tap and hold to select a time. Manually entering and exiting Do Not Disturb mode won’t change your set scheduling times and options.

iPhone Do Not Disturb in Control Center

How to schedule Do Not Disturb mode on Mac

1) Open System Preferences on your Mac.

2) Click on Notifications preferences.

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

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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 Do Not Disturb icon in the Control Center. You can also click the arrow next to Do Not Disturb to select a time.

Do Not Disturb Mac Control Center

If the date and time you click to access the Notification Center in your Mac’s menu bar is dimmed, as depicted by the screenshot below, you are in Do Not Disturb mode.

Mac Menu Bar Date Time for Notification Center Dimmed

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