How to use Do Not Disturb While Driving

Apple’s iOS 11 is dubbed to be the best OS until date. iOS 11 indeed was incredible, there were a lot of new features introduced, the interface also experienced a change, and many apps received a new outlook. One of the most useful features introduced with the iOS 11 was Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD).

When enabled, this feature disconnects you from your iPhone (limiting the functionality) which helps massively in increasing driver’ safety by minimizing the distractions. While many iPhone users appreciated the thought process behind it, there were few who deemed this feature as unnecessary.

It is understandable that some people (especially cab drivers) simply cannot afford to use this feature. Another bad thing about this feature is that if it is enabled from settings then it will turn on the DNDWD (most of the times) as soon as you step foot in the car. iPhone’ sensors won’t care that if you are driving or just a passenger, they will just do their work. The feature makes sense for the drivers but it could be really annoying for the people who are just passengers,

With all being said, the iPhone doesn’t force you to use this feature. You are allowed to enable/disable this feature as per your preference. This article explains how to enable the DNDWD since many people have welcomed the idea and want to learn how to do it. The same process applies for disabling the DNDWD so in case you get annoyed, you can disable it too. However, fist you need to understand what this feature actually does.

What is Do Not Disturb While Driving:

Enabling this feature means that you allow your iPhone to stop incoming calls or texts, block certain alerts, and hide all the notifications. Once enabled, DNDWD will get activate as soon as you enter the car. It is regardless of whether you are driving or entering just as a passenger. The idea behind this feature is to increase road safety by making drivers concentrate on the road instead of their iPhones.

The iPhone sensors are strong enough to predict your movement within the car, and they will automatically notify you to turn DNDWD on. Additionally, users can also enable it manually through settings. When DNDWD is turned on, your iPhone goes silent and its screen stays dark. You don’t get texts or other notifications, but you keep receiving all Apple Maps app navigation including turn-by-turn instructions, alarms, timers and emergency alerts.

As far as phone calls are concerned, you wouldn’t receive any phone call’ alert (ringer/vibration) when someone calls you. However, you can select designated favorites in your iPhone’ settings and their calls won’t be blocked by DNDWD. Also, if you receive the call from the same number more than once in quick succession (3 minutes), then DNDWD would only block it the first time but enables the alert on the second time.

As said earlier, the only thing bad about this feature is its inability to distinguish modes of transportation. This feature will appear on every iPhone user that is present in the vehicle. Also, when DNDWD is enabled, the person trying to reach you via a text will receive an auto-generated reply that “I’m driving with Do Not Disturb turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.”

Another amazing thing regarding this feature is its improvisation to response to an emergency situation. For example, if someone sends you a text with a word Urgent then Apple’ capable of letting you know that you should pullover. You can also ask Siri to read out the message for you. Now you must have understood how this feature works, have a look at how you can enable/disable it via settings.

Enable/Disable Do Not Disturb While Driving:

If you want to enable the feature, you need to:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.
Do Not Disturb

2. Scroll down, locate the option Do Not Disturb and tap on it.
Locate the option Activate

3. Locate the option Activate and tap on it.

4. Keep Activate Settings to Automatically. The other options you would see will be Manually and When Connected to Car Bluetooth.

5. Tapping Automatically will automatically enable this feature as soon as you step foot in the car. Select When Connected to Car Bluetooth and DNDWD turns on when your phone connects to your car’s hands-free system. Tapping Manually will allow you to operate it via Control Center. It would be entirely up to you when you want it turned on or off.
Go back to Do Not Disturb

6. Go back to Do Not Disturb and scroll down to the bottom of your screen. There you will see the option Auto-Reply To; tap on it. Now you will see a list that includes options No One, Recent, Favorites, and All Contacts. You can choose the option as per your preference, but it is recommended that you choose All Contacts. Tapping No One would technically disable this Auto-Reply feature.

7. Go back to DND screen and now locate the option Repeated Calls. If this feature is toggled on then A second call from the same person within three minutes will not be silenced. If you toggle it off then all calls will be silenced regardless of the caller or duration.

These are the DNDWD features that you can adjust via iPhone Settings. You can also add DNDWD to your iPhone’ Control Center for further ease.

DNDWD on Control Center:

1. Swipe up your screen to launch the Control Center.

2. Now locate and tap the Car Icon to enable the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature.

3. Once enabled, you will see a notification confirming Do Not Disturb While Driving is ON. Also, the DND crescent moon icon automatically turns on too.

Car Icon Unavailable in Control Center:

If the Car Icon doesn’t appear in your Control Center then you might have to customize your Control Center. It is quite a straightforward process, and you can do it by:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPhone.

2. Now locate the option Control Center and tap on it.
Customize Control Center

3. Next, tap on the option Customize Control Center.
Locate the option Do Not Disturb While Driving

4. Locate the option Do Not Disturb While Driving. You will be able to see a + sign left to the Car Icon. Tap on it.

5. Go back to your Home Screen, swipe up to see if the Car Icon has appeared on the Control Center or not.

Do Not Disturb While Driving Restrictions:

Many parents and guardians would take interest in this feature. If you’re the parent or guardian of a young driver, you can set Do Not Disturb While Driving ON and lock it using Restrictions. To do that:

1. Ask the young driver for their phone so you can adjust the restrictions.

2. Go to the Settings on their iPhone.

3. Tap on the option Screen Time.
Content and Privacy Restrictions

4. Next, tap on the option Content and Privacy Restrictions.

5. Set Up a new passcode if you are accessing the Content and Privacy Restrictions for the first time and do not tell this to anyone.

6. Scroll all the way down to Allow Changes section. In this section, you will see the option Do Not Disturb While Driving. Tap on it.
Do Not Allow

7. Now set it to the option Do Not Allow.

Now, these were some of the settings within the DNDWD feature. You can set them as per your preferences. While it is recommended that you should allow it on your phone, you still have the choice to turn it off if you change its settings to Manual. It will allow you to turn it off from the Control Center whenever you need to do so.