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One of the great things about having an iPhone is that so many people can get a hold of you in so many different ways at any time of the day. And one of the worst things about having an iPhone is that so many people can get a hold of you in so many different ways at any time of the day. Depending on your level of tolerance, there maybe some or many times during the course of a day when you don't want to be interrupted with a phone call, or a text message, or an email, or by any other app that might want your attention. Now you could just turn your phone off of course, but then you might miss a truly urgent or important call. You could put your phone in Silent mode, but it might still vibrate if you don't manually go in and turn vibration off. And you still receive notifications unless you go in and turn notifications off one-by-one. But those were your options before iOS 6.
New to iOS 6 however, is a feature called Do Not Disturb. You'll find it by going to Settings and right here without having to scroll down, you'll find the Do Not Disturb switch. When switched on and your phone is locked, all calls and notifications will be completely silent. Notice this places a little moon icon at the top of the screen so you will know the Do Not Disturb is currently on. Now if your phone is unlocked, meaning you're you're looking at the screen or using the phone in any way, calls and other alerts will still come through. But as soon as I lock my screen, any calls to my phone will immediately go to voicemail.
When I next unlock my phone, I'll see that I've missed a call and I have a voicemail, but otherwise there will have been no other audible or visual indication that a call came in. The same goes for emails, text messages, app notifications, basically any app that usually makes a sound or places a message on the screen to get your attention will be silenced when Do Not Disturb is on. So, one obvious use of Do Not Disturb is to turn it on when you go to bed at night especially if you're the sort of person who leaves your phone by the bed. With Do Not Disturb activated, your phone won't be making any sounds or turning on with alerts from various emails or notifications you might get during the night.
One exception though is alarms. If you set an alarm in the Clock app to wake yourself up, it will still go off at the time you've set it even in Do Not Disturb mode. You can also make a couple of other exceptions by going into Settings>Notifications and here tap Do Not Disturb. The first item here is Scheduled, which you can use to automatically put your phone into Do Not Disturb mode at a specific time everyday. So if you don't want to be bothered between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. or any other range of time, just enter the time here. You can also allow calls from certain people to always get through.
By default, anyone in your favorites list can get through, but you can tap this and choose Everyone to allow all calls, which kind of defeats the purpose in my mind, but that essentially allows all calls to come through, but keeps the phone silent when emails and texts come in. You can also select No One, which makes it so no calls get through. You can also choose to allow specific groups if you've created and synced groups from your computer. So you might want to create a group of people who can always get through on your computer and then sync that group to your phone. For example, if I wanted my family to always be able to get through I could select them, but in this case, maybe I'll just leave Favorites selected.
And this last option, Repeated Calls, is really important to leave On in my opinion. With this switched on, if you receive a second call from the same number within three minutes of the first call, your phone will ring. So if there's an emergency or urgent event and someone is trying to get a hold of you by calling repeatedly, they'll get through on the second call as long as it's within three minutes. So I prefer to leave that option on. And that's the Do Not Disturb feature. Again, remember that you'll see the little moon icon to remind you when you have it turned on so you'll remember to turn it off when you do want to be reachable at any time again.
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