How to Turn On Location-Based Do Not Disturb on Your iPhone (Updated for iOS 13)

If you haven't used Apple's Do Not Disturb feature yet, it's a great way to silence notifications from calls, texts, and apps while your iPhone is locked. With iOS 12 and later, DND is now more versatile and useful than ever before with some long-awaited upgrades, including a location-based setting. Learn how to turn on Do Not Disturb for specific places, so your device doesn't start buzzing and beeping just when you need it to be quiet. 

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Related: How to Turn Do Not Disturb Mode for Individual Contacts On or Off on iPhone

First, you'll need to make sure that you've enabled Location Services, or you won't be able to set Do Not Disturb for your location.

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  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Privacy.

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  3. Toggle on Location Services if it isn't already turned on.

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  4. Now you're ready to set Do Not Disturb for a specific location. 
  5. Once you've reached the location where you'd like DND activated, open your iPhone's Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner of your display if you have an iPhone X or later, or up from the bottom of the screen for earlier iPhones.

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  6. Tap and hold the Do Not Disturb icon until a menu appears.
  7. Now tap Until I leave this location.

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Now your iPhone will stay in Do Not Disturb mode until you leave the area where you activated the location-based option. 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.