Your iPhone 13 has a setting called “Do Not Disturb,” which can be very helpful when you want to limit the distractions that the phone can cause.
Between text messages, emails, phone calls, and social media notifications, it can be very difficult to focus on work or simply step away from your phone for a little while.
When you configure the Do Not Disturb setting to go on at a specific time or location, you can better focus on the task that you are trying to perform.
You can put your iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode by going to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb > and then configuring the options.
How to Enable Do Not Disturb on an iPhone
- Open Settings.
- Choose Focus.
- Select Do Not Disturb.
- Adjust the settings as needed.
Our guide continues below with additional information about how to put an iPhone on Do Not Disturb, including pictures of these steps.
It can become a reflex to constantly look at your iPhone for new notifications.
Whether you are expecting a text message or you want to see the current news, it’s likely that you are receiving new notifications on your smartphone every few minutes.
While this is helpful in keeping you informed and up to date, it can also make it tough when you need to accomplish a task or perform an action that requires a lot of concentration.
These types of situations are ideal for the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode, as you can quickly toggle the device’s settings so that those notifications don’t come through until you have disabled that mode.
Our tutorial below will show you a couple of different ways that you can use the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode so that you can take advantage of the peace and quiet that it can provide.
Related: Our guide about the moon or bell on an iPhone can show you how to silence notifications for specific text messages.
How to Activate the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Feature
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 16 operating system.
Step 1: Select the Settings app icon on your Home screen.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Focus option from the menu.
Step 3: Touch the Do Not Disturb option.
Step 4: Set up Do Not Disturb so that it goes on at a specific time, in a certain location, or when you are using a particular app.
You can find these options by tapping the Add Schedule button near the bottom of the menu.
Now that you know how ot put your iPhone in Do Not Disturb, you can use this feature any time that you need a break from your phone’s interruptions.
Alternate Method to Put an iPhone in Do Not Disturb Mode
The section above discussed using the Settings menu to configure Do Not Disturb to go on automatically in certain situations.
However, you can also activate it manually from a different menu.
Step 1: Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center.
Step 2: Tap the moon icon next to the word Focus.
You should now see that Do Not Disturb is turned on, as it is in the picture below.
Once you are ready to exit Do Not Disturb mode and start receiving notifications again, you can simply go back to the Control center and tap the moon icon again to turn it off.
How to Turn Off AirPod Notifications
If you don’t have your iPhone in Do Not Disturb Mode, and you’re using your AirPods, then Siri might be reading notifications to you, like text messages or calendar alerts.
If you find this to be too disruptive and you want it to stop, then you can do so with the following steps.
- Open settings.
- Select Notifications.
- Choose Announce Notifications.
- Tap the button to the right of Announce Notifications to turn it off, or turn off the Headphones option.
In addition to learning how to turn off Airpod notifications, there are a lot of other related settings you might want to change. You can read this article for additional details on the subject.
More Information on Do Not Disturb
When you put your iPhone in Do Not Disturb Mode, the following things will happen:
- Notifications will be turned off
- Calls and alerts won’t make sounds
- There won’t be any vibrations from alerts
- The screen won’t light up when a notification is received
You can also specify whether or not you want to let other people see that you are currently in one of your device’s focus modes.
Speaking of which, there are multiple Focus options on the iPhone, including the following:
- Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone can be configured to allow or silence notifications from specific contacts and apps.
You can also connect your Home screen or Lock screen to Do Not Disturb, as well as include filters for things like your calendars, email accounts, messages, and tab groups.
Another useful option is the ability to put the iPhone into Dark Mode or Low Power Mode when it’s in Do Not Disturb mode. You can find these options by tapping the Focus Filters button on the Do Not Disturb menu.
These can be useful options for saving battery life.
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