iOS 6: Do Not Disturb

iOS 6 is set to be released tomorrow, bringing with it a slew of new features for the iPhone and iPad. One of those features, which will be a welcome addition to anyone who sleeps near their iPhone, is Do Not Disturb.

When Do Not Disturb is on, your device will not make sounds, vibrations, or even light up, when a call, message, calendar alert, or just about any other event occurs. The events are all still logged by the phone, and can be seen in Notification Center at any time. Alarms are not affected by Do Not Disturb, and will ring out as usual. This is great for those who use their iPhone as an alarm clock, but something to keep in mind if using Do Not Disturb for a movie or an important meeting.

To turn on Do No Disturb, tap SETTINGS, the slide the DO NOT DISTURB switch to the right.

A crescent moon icon will appear next to the clock in the status bar at the top of the screen when Do Not Disturb is on.

Do Not Disturb does offer some customization. It can be set to allow calls from specific contacts or to allow a call to come through if the same person calls twice within three minutes. You can also schedule times for your device to automatically enter and exit Do Not Disturb. To get to these settings, tap SETTINGS, NOTIFICATIONS, then DO NOT DISTURB.

Jason Merrill, Mac & iOS Consultant