What is the Moon Icon at the Top of My iPhone Screen?

Is there a moon icon at the top of your iPhone screen, and you don’t know what it is for? That moon icon indicates that your iPhone is currently in Do Not Disturb mode, which means that you probably aren’t getting any phone calls or text messages.

Do Not Disturb mode is great when you just want a little break from the notifications that come through on your device, but it can be a problem if the mode is activated and you did not intend it to be. Fortunately you can exit Do Not Disturb mode with just a few simple steps, so follow our guide below to learn how.

That moon icon can appear in other places, too, like next to a text message. This guide talks more about muted text message conversations.

How to Exit Do Not Disturb on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. Steps may vary slightly for iPhones using earlier versions of iOS.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the Do Not Disturb option.

open the do not disturb menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Manual to exit Do Not Disturb. If the manual option is not turned on, then you will need to turn off the Scheduled option instead. If there is a scheduled Do Not Disturb on your device, then you will either need to leave it off to avoid entering Do Not Disturb mode again, or you will need to adjust the time at which the mode is activated. You will know that both options are turned off when there is no green shading around the buttons, as in the image below.

turn off the manual and scheduled option

You can also turn Do Not Disturb off or on by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, then tapping the moon icon. If the icon is white, then Do Not Disturb is turned on. If it is gray, then Do Not Disturb is turned off.

turn off do not disturb from the control center

There are a lot of different icons that can appear at the top of your iPhone screen. For example, find out what the clock icon means with this article.

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