The Do Not Disturb feature is a nifty little addition to iOS 6 / 6.0.1.

It adds greater control over scheduled Do Not Disturb with features that let you select exceptions to the rule, emergency calls and lets you have peaceful, undisturbed nap time if you’ve configured the options correctly.

The Do Not Disturb is a technical version of putting your iPhone in the Silent Mode, with greater control. That’s about all there is to it.

Let’s check out how you can configure Do Not Disturb (with all the features explained):

Turn On Do Not Disturb

  • Head over to Settings ->
  • You’ll find the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option above Notifications
  • Turn this ON

This turns on Do Not Disturb with the default settings which you need to configure.

To Configure Do Not Disturb:

iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Settings

  • Go to Settings -> Notifications -> Do Not Disturb
  • Turn ON the schedule and get started:

Giving A Schedule

When you turn on the Schedule, the next option gets enabled. Tap on that to set the From and To time. This shuts off notifications for that particular period of time. All notifications are shut down – calls, text messages, iMessage, Email, App Store pings, FaceTime invitations etc.

Choosing People to Exclude From Do Not Disturb
Apple lets you choose exceptions to the Do Not Disturb list. You have three/four options:

iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Options

Allow Calls From:

  • Everyone
  • No One
  • Favorites
  • Group

Typically, you’d want to choose No One. If you have people under the Favorites list, you can choose Favorites here so these people are let through to reach you through calls, messages etc.

The Group option is an excellent feature because it lets you control the Do Not Disturb in a better way. Suppose you are in your office, you don’t want to receive any call except from the sales team – that’s where the Group feature comes in handy.

The Do Not Disturb feature, when switched ON, will add a crescent moon icon on the status bar. This indicates that the feature is turned ON.

Since this is a new feature, there are definitely some features missing or on the wishlist for the moment. GottaBeMobile had an excellent point regarding adding iCloud sync support because you might want the same schedule of Do Not Disturb to be used on your iPad too!