How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb on iPhone [Easy iOS 16 Guide]


I’m here to tell you how to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone. This useful feature helps when you want to be left alone. So let’s talk about the Do Not Disturb mode for iPhone. Below, I’ll talk about how to enable/disable the feature so you don’t miss important phone calls, messages, or social media notifications.

Ready to learn how to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone? I’ll break everything down with screenshots below. Note that this guide has been updated to include both iOS 15 and iOS 16.

Where Is Do Not Disturb on iPhone on iOS 16?

First, let me tell you where to find the Do Not Disturb feature. There were minor changes made in iOS 15, and that changed where to find things. To see the location of the iOS Do Not Disturb option, you’ll need to choose “Focus.” It no longer lives directly under Settings on iPadOS 15 and iOS 15. Focus is highly customizable, which can be complicated for some, making it hard to find the Do Not Disturb option in iOS 15.

The cool thing about iOS 16? They didn’t change the location where you turn off the Do Not Disturb feature. You can still find it under the Focus menu.

Note that I also covered how to use the Do Not Disturb iPhone feature. It’s a full guide on the subject.

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb on iOS 16

Ready for a visual example? Here’s how to get rid of Do Not Disturb on iPhone running iOS 15, iOS 16, or higher:

How to turn off do not disturb on iPhone
  1. Click on the Settings icon on your home screen.
  2. Scroll down and click on Focus.
  3. On the Focus page, click on the Do Not Disturb button.
  4. In the new page that opens, click on the button beside Do Not Disturb to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone.

The status of the Do Not Disturb mode can be seen in the status bar. If a crescent icon appears in the top left part of the screen, this means that the Do Not Disturb mode is on.

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb on iPhone From Control Center on iOS 16

As we discussed, the Do Not Disturb toggle can also be found under the Focus tab in iOS 16. Here are the steps you need to follow to turn off the Do Not Disturb mode from the control center on iOS 16:

How to turn of Do Not Disturb on iPhone from a different menu
  1. If you have Face ID on your iPhone, swipe down from the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. If you have an iPhone without Face ID, scroll up from the bottom of your screen.
  3. Here, you will see a Do Not Disturb or Focus option. Click on it.
  4. When the option or the icon is not illuminated, your Focus or Do Not Disturb is off.

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How to Schedule Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Having the DND mode activate automatically at a time specified by you can be a handy feature as you won’t have to manually turn it on and off. By scheduling the Do Not Disturb mode, you can set a schedule for specific days, daily or weekly. Thanks to the Focus feature, you can now allow notifications and calls from particular apps and contracts even when DND is on.

Here are the steps you need to follow to schedule the Do Not Disturb mode on iOS 16:

  1. Click on the Settings icon on your home screen.
  2. Scroll down and click on Focus.
  3. On the Focus page, click on the Do Not Disturb button.
  4. There, click on the Add Schedule or Automation button towards the bottom part of the screen.
  5. A new menu called New Automation will slide up from the screen. There, select the Time option.
  6. Turn on the Schedule toggle. On the same page, you can choose the starting and ending times for the DND mode.
  7. In the Repeat section, choose the number of days you wish to enable the schedule for.
  8. Click on Done towards the top right side of the window to save the changes.

You can also turn the DND schedule on and off at any time without needing to delete the automation.

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Troubleshooting the iPhone Do Not Disturb Feature

Here, I’ll discuss common issues with the Do Not Disturb feature on iOS 16. These are the questions I most commonly hear. I’ve done my best to help answer quickly, but please be sure to read the guide above if you want screenshots on how to disable Do Not Disturb on your iPhone.

Why Does My Phone Keep Going to Do Not Disturb?

This is one my favorite iPhone troubleshooting questions, because it’s both common and easy to fix. If you find your phone going into Do Not Disturb mode, I know exactly where to check. It most commonly occurs when you activated the Set Time feature by mistake. This feature turns your Do Not Disturb option on automatically at the time that was set accidentally by you. If you wish to disable your Set Time, simply turn on Manual mode from the settings.

You may also experience this issue if you’re working on a regular sleep schedule. Most smartphones have sleep tracking abilities, and iOS 16 is no exception. Double check to see whether you have a specific Do Not Disturb schedule built in your settings. It may turn on during your regular sleep schedule. (Note that this also occurs on Android devices. I’ve seen similar Do Not Disturb issues on the Google Pixel).

What Do I Do If Do Not Disturb Is Off, but the Phone Doesn’t Ring?

There are many reasons why your phone doesn’t ring, even when your Do Not Disturb option is off. Here are some reasons why your phone may not ring:

  1. You accidentally turned your iPhone Do Not Disturb option on.
  2. The iPhone is on silent mode.
  3. Your device is connected to a Bluetooth device.
  4. The ringtone volume is low.
  5. Your Silence Unknown Callers option is on.
  6. You have accidentally blocked the number that is trying to call you.
  7. You have carrier issues
  8. You haven’t paid your phone bill

If all the above options are the way they should be, and your phone still doesn’t ring, restarting your phone can fix many problems with less effort. Turn your phone off, and restart it after a few minutes.

What Is the Bedtime Option?

You can block all data usage during fixed times with the bedtime mode. With this function, you may control usage when you’re not as likely to use your device’s apps. When you have your bedtime feature on, it dims your lock screen, silents incoming calls and alarms, prevents printing from the iPhone, and moves notifications to your history.

How Do I Turn Off Do Not Disturb?

Here’s how to disable do not disturb on iPhone: Navigate to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb and turn it off.

Recapping How to Remove Do Not Disturb on iPhone

In short, you simply have to navigate to your Focus menu and turn off Do Not Disturb from there. We hope this guide helped solve you learn how to turn off Do Not Disturb on iPhone. If not, feel free to ask questions in the comments, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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