The biggest and newest feature to arrive with iOS 6 is turn-by-turn directions. While we haven’t had enough time to dig into all its options, we can say it’s a relief to have a native app that will get us from point A to point B, and not make us the center of ridicule in the presence of our Android toting friends.
Placing a distant second is Apple’s Do Not Disturb option. Turn it on and your phone won’t vibrate, ring, or provide alerts. Just be careful because you could miss an important call, especially if you forget to disable the option. Fortunately, Apple had the foresight to include a few options to make sure you didn’t miss the birth of your child.
It would seem that the Do Not Disturb feature only applies when the iPhone is locked. If not, you should receive alerts. That said, if you do receive calls or alerts while your phone is in Do Not Disturb mode, you’ll see a Moon icon next to the alert in the status bar.
But that isn’t the only Do Not Disturb functionality that Apple built-in to iOS 6. In past iOS iterations, you could either reject or silence the call. Now in iOS 6 you can respond with a text or set a reminder to call that person back. Here’s how:
That’s it! Sending a short text message back to a caller could leave some folks feeling a bit rejected, and turning on Do Not Disturb is something that we suggest exercising with caution.
I have an iphone 4 and I’ve had location services switched on, and neither of the last two options of remind me later show up and none of the custom options show either. I’ve spent a great part of today on the phone with senior technical support at Apple who weren’t able to offer a solution and from what I’ve seen across a few other forums is the same issue. No doubt they’ll fix it in their next update. until then I will save my battery and switch location services off.
I was thinking my “Do not disturb” feature didn’t work until you mentioned “Lock the screen.” THANKS for your article!
w/ Do Not Disturb, I still have to remember to silence my phone?
Any way to leave volume slider on and ringer up for alarms, but no notifications or noise including texts/iMessage?
No you don’t need to set the phone to silent.
Exactly. The Do Not Disturb function does this for you. So for example, you’ll want to turn it on while you’re sleeping. However, the alarm will continue to function and you’ll continue to receive those calls, your phone just won’t make an audible noise.
how do i actually add a group in the do not disturb allow list?
Tommy, adding groups seems to still only be possible on your computer, which means you’ll have to sync to your phone. Does that answer your question?
Hi, it works as described however even if I send a message or set a reminder the call is still ringing (after a few second of silence it rings again if the person does not hang up). Is that a bug or it simply works this way?
Good question. I’ll play with it more, but my guess is that it doesn’t reject the call and should simply silence it as if you hit the volume rocker switch down.
The strangest thing is that if you choose “Remind me later” it sets reminder, phone locks and caller ID disappears – after a few seconds it appears again as if he/she called again…it looks like a bug
I think this is a function of iOS 5, which reminded you of a missed call if you didn’t hit the “cancel” button. Nevertheless, it does sound a bit buggy since it defeats the “remind me later” function.