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iOS 11 has come with a very important safety feature called DNDWD. Once you have enabled Do Not Disturb While Driving on iOS 11, it will automatically determine if you are in a car when your iPhone is connected to the car's USB connection or Bluetooth. It would silence notifications to keep the screen dark in order to help you drive without any distraction.

What if you want to let your close friends or loved ones know that you are driving and hence can't reply to the messages? Well, you have the option to send an auto-reply to your favorites contacts. Even better, your close friends can break through to send “Urgent Message.” Head over to find out how to enable and use DNDWD in iOS 11 on iPhone!

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How to Enable Do Not Disturb while Driving in iOS 11 on iPhone

How to Enable and Use Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11 on iPhone

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Add Do Not Disturb While Driving to Control Center in iOS 11 on iPhone

You need to first add DNDWD to your Control. It's quite straightforward to get it done via the Settings app.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device.

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Open Settings on iPhone in iOS 11

Step #2. Tap on Control Center.

Tap on Control Center in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Step #3. Now, tap on Customize Controls.

Tap on Customise Controls in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #4. Now, you have to tap on the “+” button left to Do Not Disturb While Driving.

Add Do Not Disturb While Driving to Control Center in iOS 11

Enable Do Not Disturb while Driving

Step #1. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center.

Swipe Up iPhone Screen to Reveal Control Center

Step #2. Now, tap on the Car icon to turn on DNDWD.

Tap on Car Icon in iPhone Control Center

Now, you will get the notification saying you won't get alerts while driving.

Enable Do Not Disturb while Driving in iOS 11 on iPhone

Disable Do Not Disturb while Driving

Step #1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Control Center.

Swipe Up iPhone Screen to Reveal Control Center

Step #2. Now, tap on the Car icon to disable the feature.

Disable Do Not Disturb while Driving in iOS 11

How to Customize Do Not Disturb While Driving on iOS 11

Step #1. Open Settings on your iOS device → Tap on Do Not Disturb.

Tap on Settings then Do Not Disturb in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Activate under “DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING.”

Tap on Activate Under DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING

Step #2. Now, you have three options:

Automatically: (It will enable your iOS device to detect when you are driving and automatically activate DNDWD.)

When Connected to Car Bluetooth: It will enable DNDWD when your iOS device connects to your car's Bluetooth system.

Manually: If you don't want this feature to get enabled automatically or don't have Bluetooth system in your car, you can choose to enable/disable it from Control Center.

You can choose any of the three options. But in this test, I'm going to select Automatically.

Do Not Disturb While Driving Activation Options

Choose Auto-Reply Option for Do Not Disturb While Driving

Step #1. Open Settings app → Do Not Disturb.

Tap on Settings then Do Not Disturb in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Auto-Reply To.

Tap on Auto-reply to in iOS 11 Settings on iPhone

Next, you have to select the following for the message auto-reply option:

  • No One
  • Recents
  • Favorites
  • All Contacts

You can choose any of the given options. To allow only your close friends to communicate with you, select Favorites.

Auto-reply Options in Do Not Disturb in iOS 11

Customize Auto-Reply Message for Do Not Disturb While Driving

Step #1. Open Settings app → Do Not Disturb.

Tap on Settings then Do Not Disturb in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #2. Now, scroll all the way down and tap on Auto-Reply.

Tap on Auto-reply in iOS 11 Settings

Step #3. Customize the message. For example, I'm driving now, will reply you later.

Customize Auto Reply for Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11

Now, your favorites will get this message when they try to contact you. They will be able to break through DNDWD by adding “Urgent” as an additional message.

Stop Others from Making Changes to “Do Not Disturb while Driving”

Don't want anyone to make changes to DNDWD settings on your iPhone? There is a way you can stop others from playing around with this important feature.

Step #1. Open Setting app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Tap on Restrictions.

Tap on Restrictions in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on Enable Restrictions. Then, enter the Restrictions passcode and confirm.

Enable Restrictions in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #4. Next, you will have to scroll down and tap on Do Not Disturb while Driving.

Tap on Do Not Disturb While Driving in Restrictions in iOS 11

Step #5. Now, select “Don't Allow Changes.”

Stop Others from Tweaking Do Not Disturb while Driving

That's it!

No More Rash Driving!

What's your take on this all new feature in iOS 11? It would be great to know your valuable feedback in the comments.

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