How to Turn Silent Mode On & Off on iPhone (iOS 17)

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It's easy (and annoying) to be distracted by your phone's alerts and incoming calls. Follow this tip on turning on your iPhone's silent mode if you need some peace and quiet but don't want to enable a Focus mode like Do Not Disturb. Here's how to put your iPhone's ringer on silent while the baby is napping, you're watching a show, or if you just find the sound of a phone ringing unpleasant.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Silence calls and other notifications without activating a Focus.
  • Turn off notification sounds if they bother you.

How to Turn On Silent Mode on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Silencing your iPhone is super simple since the iPhone has a convenient switch to quickly turn the ringer on and off. You can find the Ring/Silent Switch right above the volume up button on the side of your device:

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If you have an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you'll have the Action Button instead of the Ring/Silent Switch. The Action Button's default setting is to turn the ringer on and off, but can be customized to perform other functions.

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  1. Push the Ring/Silent switch back so the orange shows (or press and hold the Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max). You'll see a notification on your iPhone that Silent mode has been activated. This means calls and alerts will be muted. Alarms set in the Clock app will not be muted.

    iphone home screen with silent notification displayed
  2. If you're wondering how to turn off Silent mode on iPhone, simply push the switch forward so the orange no longer shows (or press and hold the Action Button again on iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max). You'll see a notification that your iPhone has been set to Ring.

    iphone home screen with ring notification displayed
  3. You can still be alerted to calls and notifications if you have haptics set to play in Silent mode. But if you don't want your device to make even that much noise, you can also shut off the vibration feature, by going into Settings, and tapping Sounds & Haptics.

    iphone settings screen with sounds & haptics circled in red
  4. Tap Haptics.

    iphone sounds and haptics settings with haptics circled in red
  5. Choose between Always Play, Play in Silent Mode, Don't Play in Silent Mode, or Never Play.

    iphone haptics settings showing multiple options: Always Play, Play in Silent Mode, Don't Play in Silent Mode, or Never Play
  6. If you have an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you will see some extra options at the top of the Sounds & Haptics menu. You can toggle Silent Mode on and off here.

    iphone 15 sounds and haptics settings with silent mode toggle circled in red
  7. You can also toggle the Silent Mode Status Bar Icon on and off.

    iphone 15 sounds and haptics settings with status bar icon toggle circled in red

That's how to silence your iPhone. By putting your device in Silent mode with vibration off, your phone will not distract you with any alerts or incoming calls (with the exception of Clock alarms). Next, find out how to silence your Apple Watch.

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.