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iOS Tips: Do Not Disturb

One of the features we like about the new iOS 6 is “Do Not Disturb”. This is one of those tiny changes that make such a difference.

Here is how to use it:
1/ open Settings on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
2/ in the list of Settings you will see an on/off button for “Do Not Disturb”- when this is on you will receive no alerts for incoming call, calendar invites, emails etc. The only exception is the alarm- setting a wake-up call for the morning is not affected as this will override the “Do Not Disturb” setting.

The advantage of “Do Not Disturb” over using the mute switch on the side of your device is that with the mute switch on, the iPhone will still vibrate. Do Not Disturb will completely silence your device.

You can set your iOS device to go into “Do Not Disturb” mode at night, say form 11pm until 7am. To do this:
1/ in Settings, tap on Notification, then on Do Not Disturb
2/ here you can turn on a schedule, and then set the from/to times.


You can also allow calls form your Favourites to bypass the Do Not Disturb setting:


There is also a “repeat call” option, where a second call from the same person within 3 minutes will mean the phone will ring. These last two options are useful in case of emergencies.