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How to Turn On Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

One of the downsides to smartphones has been the ease with which they can be accessed while driving. In an article from May 2015, CNBC reported that 27% of all car crashes were the result of cell phone usage. As a result, more and more people have been pushing for cell phone manufacturers to make it easier for users to disable their smartphones while driving. With the rollout of iOS 11, Apple is adding a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that makes it easier for users to block phone calls, text messages, and all other notifications while they are driving, so they can stay focused on the road. You can enable or modify the feature from within the Settings app.

The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature was introduced to the iPhone as part of iOS 11 in 2017.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature was introduced to the iPhone as part of iOS 11 in 2017. | Source

Steps to Enable Do Not Disturb While Driving

  1. Tap the "Settings" app on your iPhone home screen.
  2. Scroll down to the second section, and then tap "Do Not Disturb."
  3. Navigate to the Do Not Disturb While Driving section, and then tap "Activate." You'll see three options on the screen: Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth, and Manually.
  4. Selecting "Automatically" will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects you're in a moving vehicle. Choosing "When Connected to Car Bluetooth will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects that your connected to Bluetooth in a vehicle. Selecting the final option, "Manually," means the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can only be activated through the Control Center. When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is activated, a message will appear briefly on the screen telling you that you will not receive any notifications while driving.

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Launch the "Settings" app on your iPhone, and then tap "Do Not Disturb."Tap "Activate" in the Do Not Disturb While Driving section.Selecting "Automatically" will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects you're in a moving vehicle.Choosing "When Connected to Car Bluetooth will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects that your connected to Bluetooth in a vehicle. Selecting the final option, "Manually," means the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can only be activated through the Control Center.When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is activated, a message will appear briefly on the screen telling you that you will not receive any notifications while driving.
Launch the "Settings" app on your iPhone, and then tap "Do Not Disturb."
Launch the "Settings" app on your iPhone, and then tap "Do Not Disturb." | Source
Tap "Activate" in the Do Not Disturb While Driving section.
Tap "Activate" in the Do Not Disturb While Driving section. | Source
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Selecting "Automatically" will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects you're in a moving vehicle.
Selecting "Automatically" will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects you're in a moving vehicle. | Source
Choosing "When Connected to Car Bluetooth will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects that your connected to Bluetooth in a vehicle.
Choosing "When Connected to Car Bluetooth will only enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature when your iPhone detects that your connected to Bluetooth in a vehicle. | Source
Selecting the final option, "Manually," means the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can only be activated through the Control Center.
Selecting the final option, "Manually," means the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can only be activated through the Control Center. | Source
When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is activated, a message will appear briefly on the screen telling you that you will not receive any notifications while driving.
When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is activated, a message will appear briefly on the screen telling you that you will not receive any notifications while driving. | Source

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Steps to Add the Do Not Disturb While Driving Icon to the Control Center

  1. Tap the "Settings" app on your iPhone. The Settings screen opens.
  2. Scroll down to the second section, and then tap "Control Center." The Control Center window opens.
  3. Tap "Customize Controls." The Customize window appears.
  4. Scroll down to the More Controls section.
  5. Tap the green "+" icon to the left of Do Not Disturb While Driving. You'll notice that the Do Not Disturb While Driving icon moves to the Include section.
  6. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone's home screen to bring up the Control Center. You'll notice that a car icon has been added to the bottom, representing the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature.

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Tap to open the "Settings" app, and then choose "Control Center."Select "Customize Controls." The Customize screen opens.Tap the green "+" icon to the left of Do Not Disturb While Driving in the More Controls section. The feature will be moved to the Include section.The Do Not Disturb While Driving option will automatically be moved to the Include section.The Do Not Disturb While Driving icon features a car. The icon will now be visible in the Control Center.
Tap to open the "Settings" app, and then choose "Control Center."
Tap to open the "Settings" app, and then choose "Control Center." | Source
Select "Customize Controls." The Customize screen opens.
Select "Customize Controls." The Customize screen opens. | Source
Tap the green "+" icon to the left of Do Not Disturb While Driving in the More Controls section. The feature will be moved to the Include section.
Tap the green "+" icon to the left of Do Not Disturb While Driving in the More Controls section. The feature will be moved to the Include section. | Source
The Do Not Disturb While Driving option will automatically be moved to the Include section.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving option will automatically be moved to the Include section. | Source
The Do Not Disturb While Driving icon features a car. The icon will now be visible in the Control Center.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving icon features a car. The icon will now be visible in the Control Center. | Source

How Do I Disable Do Not Disturb While Driving?

You can't fully disable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature. The best you can do is set it to "Manually," and then leave it disabled in the Control Center. However, if you see the Do Not Disturb While Driving icon on your lock screen and you're not driving, you can press against the notification to activate a 3D Touch menu, and then choose either "I'm Not Driving" or "Disable Do Not Disturb While Driving."

© 2017 Max Dalton

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