Big Sur Do Not Disturb On/Off

I use the “Do Not Disturb” feature occasionally during my workday. Recently, I activated “Do Not Disturb” For 1 hour in my Big Sur installation. Part way through this process I decided I did not need Do Not Disturb any longer, but I could not figure out how to turn it off. Deactivating Do Not Disturb in Big Sur is not the same as previous versions of macOS. It is simple to do, here is how that works.

Do Not Disturb

In Big Sur the Do Not Disturb feature is located in the new “Control Center”.

Do Not Disturb

When you click on it, you get the Do Not Disturb choices.

One Hour

If you select Do Not Disturb “For 1 Hour” the module looks like this.


The item is highlighted and a small crescent moon icon appears in your menubar. If you decide to turn off Do Not Disturb before the hour is up, just click on the crescent moon symbol in the menubar to bring up the Do Not Disturb window.

One Hour Setting

Then click on “For 1 Hour” and Do Not Disturb is deactivated on your Mac.

Final Setting

Like I said, when I first used Do Not Disturb on my Mac I could not figure out how to turn it off manually until I did a little research online.


I really like how Control Center makes my most used macOS features available. Of course, Do Not Disturb is one of those features.