How to use Do Not Disturb while driving

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While notifications are a great way to make sure you never miss an alert, giving your phone a rest when you're driving is always a good call. Fortunately, there's features available on iOS and Android that will push for safer driving habits.

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The iPhone's current software has a setting called 'Do Not Disturb While Driving', which is available by default on iOS 11. The mode not only limits and mutes notifications, but also replies to contacts who send you messages while you're driving, giving them a heads-up that you're on the road. What's more, once turned off, you'll find all your alerts waiting for you.


First, you'll need to launch Settings and select Do Not Disturb. From the Do Not Disturb settings, scroll down to find the Do Not Disturb While Driving section. Next, you'll need to tap on Activate and you'll then see the following three options:

  1. Automatically
  2. When connected to car Bluetooth and,
  3.  Manually

When Automatically is selected, the Do Not Disturb While Driving will activate when your iPhone detects that you're moving at a speed that's similar to being in a vehicle. If you choose When Connected to Car Bluetooth, the feature will mobilise when it connects to your car's Bluetooth-enabled receiver. And, if you'd prefer to enable or disable the feature yourself, Manually is available by tapping on the car image in your control centre. Whenever Do Not Disturb While Driving is activated, you'll see a bar at the top of the screen letting you know incoming notifications are being muted.

We hope it's never the case, but things happen and there are times when texts and notifications must come through, whether you're driving or not. If it's an emergency, Apple provides a way for the message sender to get through the Do Not Disturb feature by replying with 'urgent' for an emergency. When the sender types in urgent, the notification goes through - however, when this occurs, it's important you ask Siri to read the message out to you.


Don't see the car icon in Control Centre?
  • Go to settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls
  • Tap the green plus sign (+) next to Do Not Disturb While Driving

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