How to use Do Not Disturb on iPad

Toggle Do Not Disturb

Stop your iPad from waking you up in the middle of the night…

It can be rather annoying when a message, FaceTime call or notification awakes you at night, or when your iPad lights up and emits a noise during an important meeting. These notifications can usually be overridden by simply muting your iPad or putting it into Airplane mode, but the Do Not Disturb feature is simpler and much more effective.

It works by completely silencing your iPad between a determined period of time, for example midnight and 7AM. During this time, your iPad won’t make a noise, light up or vibrate. You can, however, tell it to allow notifications and calls to still come through from specified contacts.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to enable and configure Do Not Disturb…


1. One tap to enable

Start by opening the Settings app, then toggle the Do Not Disturb switch near the top of the screen. This will instantly enable Do Not Disturb, preventing any calls, messages or notifications from alerting you.

Toggle Do Not Disturb

2. Schedule Do Not Disturb

Let’s set a timer, so that Do Not Disturb kicks on at midnight, then finishes at 7AM. Begin by tapping the Notifications button, then tap the Do Not Disturb button at the top of the screen.


3. Set a schedule

Toggle the Scheduled switch to On. You’ll see a From and To field appear below. Tap it, then use the timer wheel to enter the start and end times. In this example, it’s set from midnight to 7AM. Once entered, tap the button in the top left corner to confirm.

Do Not Disturb Timer

4. Enable important contacts

If you’re expecting an important call, or need to let certain contacts get in touch at all hours, then tap the Allow Calls From button. From here you can let anyone call, no one at all, or those in your Favourites list (created in the Contacts app).


5. Let repeat calls through

Contacts often call repeatedly when they urgently need to get in touch. You can let secondary calls through by toggling the Repeated Calls switch to On.

Repeat Calls