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

Some text message conversations on your iPhone are going to be more active than others. This is particularly noticeable in group messages with multiple people. But you may be wondering why there is a moon next to a text message on your iPhone, especially if you aren’t getting any notifications for those conversations.

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.

Why Is There a Moon Next to a Text on an iPhone?

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Swipe left of the message with the moon.
  3. Tap the bell icon to remove the moon.

Our article continues below with additional information on the moon next to text message conversations on your iPhone, including how to remove it if you are using an older version of iOS.

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb for a Text Message on an iPhone (Older iOS Versions)

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 crescent 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.

How to Add or Remove a Moon Next to an iMessage on Your iPhone (Newer iOS Versions – Guide with Pictures)

We discussed what to do if you see a crescent moon next to a text message or iMessage on your iPhone, but you may be having trouble with it. This section includes pictures for these steps.

Step 1: Open Messages.

open Messages

Step 2: Swipe left on an iMessage or text message conversation with a moon, or that you want to mute.

swipe left on a conversation

Step 3: Tap the bell icon to add or remove the moon next to the text message conversation.

how to hide alerts on a text message conversation on an iPhone

Alternatively you could open the conversation, select its name at the top of the screen, choose the Info option, then toggle the Hide Alerts option on or off.

Difference Between Do Not Disturb and Hide Alerts for iPhone Text Message Conversations

This feature of muting message conversations has been around for several versions of iOS, but its name got changed in more recent versions of iOS.

So, basically, there is no difference between Do Not Disturb and Hide Alerts for iPhone message conversations. The name of the action has been renamed, and the method for performing the action has been made easier.

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