All You Need to Know About iOS 11 "Do Not Disturb While Driving” Mode

Apple has won over its fans with all the radical features that are included in iOS 11. During its WWDC presentation, the smartphone manufacturer presented different kinds of features that are included in iOS 11. One of the most remarkable features of them all is Apple’s brand-new “Do not Disturb while Driving mode”. If you haven’t heard of it, then don’t worry. In this quick and informative post, we will teach you everything about Apple’s “Do not Disturb while Driving” mode. Let’s get it started!

Part 1: What is the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Mode

We all know that over the last few years, the frequency of road accidents has reached a new high. Thousands of people are injured every year as they text or call while driving. Apple has taken a remarkable step to ensure the safety of its users. Once you turn on the “Do not Disturb while Driving” mode, you won’t receive any unwanted notification on your phone.

After connecting your device to your vehicle (via Bluetooth), it will automatically detect its speed. Whenever your car is moving, the mode will be turned on and make sure that you drive without being interrupted.

Do not Disturb while Driving

While driving, your phone would have a blank screen without displaying any notification, letting you concentrate on your driving. Also, you can list contacts as your “favorites” to give them an auto-reply whenever they try to call you. By this way, you can let your favorite contacts know that you are driving and will get back to them after reaching the destination. You can set a custom message for auto-reply as well.

Part 2: How to turn on the Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode on iPhone?

Apple has provided a fast and effortless way to turn on the Do not Disturb while Driving mode. You can simply turn it on or off as per your needs. Ideally, you should keep it on while driving to make sure that you are able to drive without being interrupted. Now when you know the basic principle behind the Do not Disturb while Driving mode, let’s learn how to enable it.

You can simply find the icon for the “Do not Disturb while Driving” mode on the Control Center of your device. All you got to do is tap on it in order to turn it on. You can also long press it to open its dedicated interface. From here, tap on the “Turn on while driving” button. This will simply turn the DND while driving mode on and you won’t receive any notification on your phone while driving.

turn on while driving

You can also add its icon on the Control Center if it is not there already. If you wish to access it easily, then you can just include the DND while driving mode there. To do this, go to your phone’s Settings > Control Center. Tap on the option of “More Controls” to customize the control center. Now, tap on the “add” icon that is located adjacent to the “Do not disturb while driving” mode. This will simply add the icon to your phone’s Control Center and you can turn it on or off with a single tap.

add to control center

Add favorite contacts

As stated, you can send customized message to your “favorite” contacts whenever they try to contact you during the DND while driving mode. We recommend adding your family and close friends to your favorites, so that you can stay in touch with them, even when you are driving. Adding a contact to your “favorites” is pretty easy.

To do this, simply tap on the contact that you wish to add to your favorites. From here, you can see various options available related to the contact. Select the “Add to favorites” option. Now, the selected contact would be added to your “favorite” list.

add favorite contacts

Whenever they call you while your phone is on the Do not Disturb while Driving mode, they will be notified. After turning off the mode, you can get all the notifications that you have missed before. By this way, you can get back to them as per your convenience.

Part 3: How to turn off the "Do Not Disturb While Driving” Mode

If you drive frequently, then we recommend that you should enable the DND while driving mode on your device. It will help you stay focused while driving and you won’t experience any unwanted situation. Nevertheless, if there is an emergency and your phone is on the Do not Disturb while Driving mode, then you might miss it.

Turning off the DND while driving mode is pretty simple. Whenever your phone would be on the “Do not Disturb while Driving” mode, you will get a blank screen. If you tap on it, then your phone will let you know that the “Do not disturb” mode is on. You will get a screen like this.

turn off driving mode

It will further state that “you will not receive notifications while driving”. Since your phone can auto-detect the moving speed of your car, whenever you are not driving, the mode would be turned off automatically. Nevertheless, if you want to manually turn it off, then press the “I’m not Driving” button. It will simply turn the mode off, letting you use your iPhone the usual way.

The “Do not Disturb while Driving” mode is certainly a remarkable feature by Apple that will make sure that its users will stay safe while driving. Even though most of the devices have a DND feature, it is certainly not the same and is hardly used by us. No one uses the DND option or turns on the Airplane mode on their device while driving. With this smart initiative by Apple, users would be able to stay focused while driving.

Turning the feature on/off is also pretty simple and you can easily send customized text to your favorite contacts even when you are driving. What do you think about this amazing iOS 11 feature? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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