How to Turn Off a Scheduled “Do Not Disturb” On an iPhone

The ability to always be reachable with your iPhone, whether via a phone call, email, text message or social media, has made a big impact on daily life. But sometimes, you might just need a break from all of that availability, and choose to turn off the device.

But rather than actually turning off your iPhone, you can instead choose to use the Do Not Disturb function. It can be turned on manually, or you can have it turn on at a regularly scheduled period of time.

If you previously set up a scheduled Do Not Disturb, you may wish to turn it off if your schedule changes. Our tutorial below will show you how to turn off that scheduled option, or change it to a different period of time instead.

Stop a Scheduled Do Not Disturb in iOS 8

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. However, these same steps will work for other iPhone models that are using the same version of iOS, as well as other devices that are using iOS 7 or higher.

  • Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
open settings
  • Step 2: Select the Do Not Disturb option.
open do not disturb
  • Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Scheduled to turn it off. The option is turned off when there is no green shading around the button.
turn off the scheduled option

If you would instead prefer to change the scheduled period at which the “Do Not Disturb” feature is enabled, then tap the arrow to the right of the times.

tap the arrow next to the times

You can then tap each time and use the wheels at the bottom to adjust the schedule

change the scheduled times

Is your iPhone ringing, even though you have the Do Not Disturb setting turned on? This may be occurring because your iPhone is unlocked. Click here to read about a setting that you can change so that your iPhone is always silent when you have enabled Do Not Disturb.

Summary – Shutting Off Do Not Disturb on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Focus.
  3. Select Do Not Disturb.
  4. Tap on a schedule.
  5. Touch Delete Schedule.
  6. Tap Delete Schedule to confirm.

More Information

You can shut off Do Not Disturb from the Control Center. Simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (you can do this from the lock screen or the Home screen), then tap the half moon icon to disable Do Not Disturb Mode.

If you would like to pause notifications in other situations as well, then open the Settings app, choose the Focus option, then select one of the modes there and adjust the settings as needed.

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