Do Not Disturb vs Airplane Mode

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vjaaan, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. vjaaan macrumors 6502

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    I have just noticed the Do Not Disturb feature since upgrading to iOS6, so I assume it came with that.

    How does it differ from Airplane Mode? I have been turning Airplane Mode on at night to block all incomings, but it has always bothered me that family could not reach me on the phone for emergencies during the night.

    Does DND block all noise and lights from email and texts? And is there a way to still receive phone calls?

    Thanks.
     
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Airplane mode turns off all radio preventing people from reaching you. DND silences all the notifications sounds, does not turn screen on, etc. With DND, you can still receive calls from people on your favorite list or you can enable "repeat call" feature.
     
  3. jabij1 macrumors member

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  4. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    Just discovered DND myself and in its settings there are several options including one that let's repeat calls come through like if a person was trying to get ahold of you for an emergency but was calling from a number you didn't know.
     
  5. Furifo macrumors 6502

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    The main difference between DND mode and airplane mode is that in DND mode, your cellular radios are still switched ON and so you still have a cellular signal allowing you to receive texts, calls, emails etc

    Switching DND mode on will silence all incoming alerts such as messages. Both the sound and the vibrate will be silenced even if you don't have your phone on silent mode.

    Calls are more flexible in DND mode. For example, you can choose to silence all calls if you wish and all incoming calls will be silenced. I have mine set to silence everyone except my favourites list (which includes only a handful of people - my parents, my siblings and my flatmates).

    Repeated calls is also a nice feature you can turn on/off. A second call from the same person within three minutes will not be silenced. One can see the positive benefits of this such as in an emergency when somebody really needs to get hold of you.

    I'm an extremely light sleeper so much that before DND mode, I would either have to put my phone in airplane mode or put my phone on silent and then go into settings to turn the vibrate off as well because vibrations from notifications end up being very loud when my phone vibrates on my nightstand. With DND mode, I simply have to go into settings and flick it on.

    DND mode is a feature of iOS6 that I really appreciate. :)

    Also note that DND mode won't silence any alarms that you have set so there's nothing to fear about missing your alarm.
     
  6. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    Just to clarify that the group that bypasses DND doesn't have to be your favourites. You can create a new group, for example "DND Bypass" and add the contacts to this group. Then simply select this group from the DND settings.
     
  7. vjaaan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Very good information!! Thank you all so much.

    One further question, I have not been able to find a master list of names I have as favorites. I had to go person by person in my contact list to see if I had a star next to their name. Is there a list and how do I find it?

    Thanks.

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    I also don't see a way to take someone off my favorites list.
     
  8. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    In the phone app, favourites it the leftmost tab on the bottom.
     
  9. vjaaan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, of course! I have just come to think of that as my speed dial list! Duh....

    Thanks so much!
     

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