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

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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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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

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.