iOS Do Not Disturb

I use “Do Not Disturb” on my Mac from time to time when I am writing articles for the Macessence blog. But, it might be helpful for you to know there is a “Do Not Disturb” in iOS. Why would you need “Do Not Disturb” on an iPhone? Maybe you just need time to think. Perhaps you are in a meeting and do not want an interruption. You might have a romantic moment. Whatever the reason, knowing how to activate “Do Not Disturb” on your iOS device might come in handy.

Do Not Disturb

Turning “Do Not Disturb” on or off in iOS is pretty straight forward. The on/off switch is in the Control Center area. Now, you access the Control Center in iOS differently on different model iOS Devices. On my iPhone you swipe up from the bottom of the screen:

iPhone Main Screen

On my iPad Pro 10.5, you swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen. However you get to the Control Center on your iOS device, just do it. You will see something that looks like this depending on what functions you have activated:

Control Center

The “Do Not Disturb” icon is the crescent shaped moon symbol. When you tap on it, “Do Not Disturb” is activated:

Do Not Disturb Activated

When you switch back to the main Home Screen you should see a small crescent moon symbol in your status bar:

Crescent Symbol

It is not easy to see, but it is there if “Do Not Disturb” has been activated. 

You should not receive all those notifications you constantly get on your iOS device, at least as long as you have “Do Not Disturb” activated. Please note it is important to remember to turn off “Do Not Disturb” when you no longer need it! You do not want to go about your day thinking nobody likes you anymore because you are not seeing any activity on your iOS device. Just go back into Control Center and tap “Do Not Disturb” off when you finish.


iOS always has had nice features to help us through our day. “Do Not Disturb” is one of those features that is effective and easy to use.