How to Schedule Do Not Disturb on Your iPhone (Updated for iOS 13)

It’s wonderful to be constantly connected to friends, family, and coworkers… until it’s not. An iPhone can make you more available and productive, so you can do things like pick up last-minute items at the grocery store or lend your expertise to a client halfway around the world, but it can also encroach on time set aside for family, rest, and relaxation. Fortunately, you can utilize Do Not Disturb to mute intrusive calls, texts, alerts, and notifications.

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Related: How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving on Your iPhone

How to Schedule Do Not Disturb Times on Your iPhone 

  1. Open the Settings app and scroll down to Do Not Disturb.
  2. Toggle the Scheduled switch on.

    tap do not disturb in your settingstoggle on scheduled
  3. Change the From and To settings to your bedtime and wake-up time, family dinner time, or a regularly scheduled event when you’d like your phone to leave you alone.

    change do not disturb times

With the schedule set and turned on, your Do Not Disturb will automatically engage at the times you’ve set. If you’re concerned about missing a critical work call or family emergency, it's possible to change your settings to allow calls from certain people or allow repeated calls to go through. Do Not Disturb has been around quite some time on the iPhone, which means this tip will work for any iPhone model running any iOS.

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.