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. Tap or swipe through the tutorial below to see how it’s done…


1. One tap to enable

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

Do Not Disturb iPad iOS 7


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 Scheduled switch to On.

Schedule Switch Do Not Disturb iPad iOS 7


3. Set a schedule

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.

Schedule Do Not Disturb iPad iOS 7


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).

All Calls From Do Not Disturb iPad iOS 7


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 Do Not Disturb iPad iOS 7


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