Why Is There a Crescent Moon Next to a Text Message in iOS 9?

There are a number of different icons and images that appear on your iPhone. Often these can include icons in the status bar at the top of the screen, such as the little arrow icon, or they can include symbols that appear within individual apps.

One such icon is a crescent moon that can display to the left of a text message conversation. This indicates that the notifications for that specific conversation have been muted by turning on the Do Not Disturb option for that conversation. Our guide below will show you how to disable this setting and remove the crescent moon icon.


How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb for a Text Message on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. This guide assumes that you currently have a text message conversation that has a crescent moon appearing to the left of it. When this is visible, you are not receiving notifications for a message conversation. You still receive the messages, just not the notifications. You can click here to learn how to mute a group message conversation if the notifications are becoming excessive.

Here is how to remove the crescent moon to the left of a text message on an iPhone –

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select the conversation with the crescent moon icon.
  3. Click the Details button at the top-right corner.
  4. Tap the button to the right of Do Not Disturb.

These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open the Messages app.

open the messages app



Step 2: Select the message with the crescent moon icon to the left of it.

select the conversation



Step 3: Tap the Details button at the top-right corner of the screen.

tap the details button



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Do Not Disturb to turn it off. You will receive notifications and remove the crecent moon icon when there is no green shading around the button. The Do Not Disturb feature is turned off in the picture below.

remove the crescent moon icon next to text message



If you no longer wish to receive phone calls, text messages, or FaceTime calls from a contact, then learn how to block a caller on your iPhone.

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