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Introduction: How to Silence All Sounds on IPhone Except Calls

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

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How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

iPhone users may always come up with a problem: when they want to do some work at home, they will occasionally get notifications from Facebook, Weather, Messages, etc. The notifications might be useful sometimes, but most of them are “I will check it later” notifications. At this moment, many iPhone users will turn to Silent mode by tapping the little button to red at the upper left side of their iPhone. However, they may miss really important incoming calls if the Silent mode is enabled. So how to silence all sounds on iPhone except calls?

Step 1: Locate Do Not Disturb

Tap Settings and scroll down to locate Do Not Disturb (the moon icon).

Step 2: Allow Calls From Everyone

Scroll down to Allow Calls From option. Choose Everyone if you believe your boss will call you and his number isn’t available in your Contacts. You also have other options like Favorites, All Contacts and so on.

Step 3: Always Silence

Go back to the main interface of Do Not Disturb and scroll down to find the option. Check Always if you want to silence iPhone even when you are using it; or check Only while iPhone is locked if you’re not going to use iPhone while working.

Step 4: Manual

Manually turn on Do Not Disturb when you are ready. Tap Manual to On and you will enable Do Not Disturb immediately, and the moon icon appears in the status bar at the upper right corner of your iPhone.

Step 5: Scheduled

This option is helpful for the people who want to silence iPhone for a certain period. When users tap Scheduled on, they can choose a time range for the silence.

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How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

If you use Messages on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then you probably know how quickly you can become overrun with message notifications, especially if you’re part of a group message. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to mute specific messages so you’re not disturbed.

Messages is great, especially if you use it in conjunction with text forwarding on your Mac or iPad. It’s especially useful for group messages. If you and your friends or family all use an iPhone, then everyone can chat freely and message will be grouped together and you can reply to everyone as a group.

Unfortunately, if everyone in the group is replying to one another throughout the day, your device will quickly fill up with voluminous notifications. That said, you can easily mute group or even individual messages using the Do Not Disturb function. We should point out, this isn’t the same as turning on DND for your device, which will turn off notifications for everything in one fell swoop.

Muting Messages on Mac

If you’re using a Mac and you want to mute an individual message or group chat, then you first need to select the thread in question and click “Details” in the upper-right corner.

A window will pop out and you’ll see options to interact with recipients such as to text individually, FaceTime, or even call them. Below this you will see an option to turn on “Do Not Disturb”.

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)On OS X, a helpful window will fly out when you click the “Details” link allowing you activate Do Not Disturb for a message.

When you do this, you will still be able to see that you have unread messages because the red number badge will still appear over the Messages icon (if you keep it in the Dock), but you will no longer receive notifications.

Muting Messages on iPhone or iPad

Turning on Do Not Disturb on your iPhone or iPad is a similar process and will yield the same result, which is to say that you will still see that you have unread messages but you won’t receive any notifications.

To mute a message thread on your iOS device, first select the message in question and tap “Details” in the upper-right corner. Once you’re on the Details screen, scroll down and tap On (or Off) the “Do Not Disturb” option.

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)Similar to the OS X method, all you have to do on your iOS device is tap “Details” in the upper-right corner of the message and then select “Do Not Disturb” on the resulting Details screen.

Keep in mind that if you have text forwarding set up on multiple devices, then you will have to turn Do Not Disturb on for the offending message thread on each device. So, if you’re still getting messages on your other devices, now you know why.

Being able to mute messages so that you’re not inundated with notifications means that you’re only notified for messages that are important to you. Remember, this method isn’t the same as simply turning on DND for your device, such as if you don’t want to receive notifications for any messages, phone calls, etc.

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How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

Your iPhone can be a source of distraction, especially if you allow notifications to keep flashing and buzzing across your screen. Fortunately, Apple provides plenty of ways to mute notifications on your iPhone — some of which you don’t even have to dig into Settings to use.

Notifications can come in handy, but some alerts are more useful than others. And a few apps go overboard when it comes to alerting you about incoming messages, new features and other data, some more trivial than others. Here’s how to take control of notifications on iOS before they take control of you.

How to mute notifications on your iPhone’s Notification Center

Since iOS 12 debuted in 2018, the easiest way to silence push alerts that put an emphasis on “pushy” is to head to the Notification Center on your iPhone. From the lock screen, simply swipe up to reach the Notification Center. (On iPhones with Face ID unlocking enabled, you may have to press and hold on the screen before swiping up.) If your phone’s unlocked, then swipe down from the upper center of your screen.

Notification Center presents a list of all the notifications you’ve gotten recently, with notifications grouped by app and stacked on top of each other. Taping on that stack causes all the notifications you’ve gotten from that app to fan out, where you can deal with them on an individual basis.

To get rid of all of those notifications at once, tap the X button next to the Notification Center header. That will clear the notifications, but it won’t necessarily mute them.

Instead, to mute notifications on your iPhone from the Notification Center, swipe left on a notification from the app you want to mute. You’ll see three options — Manage, View and Clear All. Tap Manage to assert some control over how often the app notifies you.

You can opt to have notifications delivered quietly, meaning they won’t pop up on your lock screen and there will be no sound or banner alerting you to the notification’s arrival. You also have the option turn off that app’s notifications entirely.

How to mute notifications on your iPhone using Settings

If you’d rather see what kind of notifications each app on your phone is allowed to deliver, head to the Settings app. From there, tap on Notifications — it’s in the second bank of options below the settings for controlling your iPhone’s connectivity — where you’ll see a list of every app installed on your phone.

Tapping on an app’s name takes you to the screen where you can then control what notifications you see and the style in which they’re displayed. There are switches for turning off sounds and badges, and you can also manage how — or if — notifications appear on your lock screen, Notification Center and regular screen. Want to mute notifications altogether for that app? Just slide the Allow Notifications button to turn them off.

How to mute notifications on your iPhone using Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a way to stop notifications and phone calls from getting through during times you want to concentrate — or sleep — without your iPhone clamoring for your attention.

You access Do Not Disturb through Settings. In fact, it’s just a few places below Notifications on that same screen. Tap Do Not Disturb and on the subsequent screen, you’ll see a slider for turning on the feature. When enabled, notifications and phone calls will be silenced.

If there’s a regular time when you want notifications muted — say at night — you can schedule Do Not Disturb by toggling on the Scheduled button. You’ll be asked to set a time when Do Not Disturb is enabled and when it’s turned off.

You can further fine-tune who can get through when Do Not Disturbed is turned on, by tapping Allow Calls From. By default, everyone will get through, but you can restrict that to favorites, select groups from your contacts or block everyone entirely. Turning on the Repeated Calls button will let calls from the same person get through if they call back within 3 minutes of their first attempt to reach you. This is the iOS way of overriding Do Not Disturb in the event of an emergency.

Your iPhone also has a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that mutes notifications and calls when you’re in a moving vehicle or connected to your car’s Bluetooth. You’re able to activate that manually from the Settings app or from the Control Center screen. You also use settings to have the feature turn on automatically, effectively muting notifications on your iPhone when you’re driving.

With iOS 15, Apple expanded the Do Not Disturb feature from iOS 14 into a full Focus Mode option that’s designed to allow users to set up different scenarios to manage their incoming notifications.

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Focus Mode is handy because it lets you decide exactly what alerts and apps you want to see at home, while at work, when sleeping, when exercising, and in other situations, but as Reddit users have pointed out, Apple has dropped a key Do Not Disturb feature.

Do Not Disturb in iOS 14 had a setting that allowed incoming calls and notifications to be silenced at all times, or only when the iPhone was locked. With this setting, you could turn on Do Not Disturb but still get all of your calls and notifications if you unlocked your phone and were actively using it.

Some people used this setting to have Do Not Disturb active at all times during the day so the ‌iPhone‌ was silenced when it was locked, but they weren’t missing alerts when the ‌iPhone‌ was in use. From Reddit:

Really surprised they’ve done this, but it appears there is no longer an option in iOS 15 to still show notifications when in Do Not Disturb but unlocked.

My phone basically lived on Do Not Disturb mode up until now but I’ll have to stop using it now which is really annoying.

Like, I don’t want notifications when my phone is locked, but while I’m actively using it I still need them to pop up.

There is no equivalent setting in Focus Mode, so there’s no longer an option to receive notifications when the ‌iPhone‌ is unlocked and silence them when it’s not in use. With Focus Mode, it’s an all or nothing experience – notifications are being received, or they’re silenced in all situations.

Many Reddit users are unhappy with the change and are hoping that Apple will reintroduce a similar feature in a future ‌iOS 15‌ update.

I’m ready to throw my phone out the window with all this airplane vs. do not disturb nonsense. I should be able to customize how often and from whom my phone dings.

Is there any way to turn off:

1. Phone calls, except from a few people

AND

2. Text messages, except from a few people

I just don’t get it.

Airplane mode turns off all reception.

Do not disturb mode turns off all audible notifications.

Airplane + Wifi turns off just phone calls.

Why, oh, why can’t I simply mix-and-match these! Help 😢

iPhone 6, iOS 9.3.2, null

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3. Send phone calls directly to voicemail, except for a few people

Jun 26, 2016 12:20 PM

No, there is no way to do what you want. No one here could tell you why Apple has made the decisions it has.

Submit your feedback to Apple here:

What you can do is buy or make ring and text tones that are just silence. Make those your default ring and text tones. Then, assign custom ring and text tones to the people you want to ring through. You can change the default tones to something else during those times when you want everyone to get through.

Jun 26, 2016 12:30 PM

Here are some stuff that might help you understand Do Not Disturb mode better, and I think that you might want to use.

Settings > Do Not Disturb > Allow calls from > Favorites

So when do not disturb mode is on, it allows all calls from people in your favorites get through.

Settings > Do Not Disturb > Repeated Calls ON

So when anyone calls you for the second time within 3 minutes from their first call, the call gets through. Ideal for when someone urgently wants to contact you.

Settings > Do Not Disturb > Silence only while iphone is locked

So when you are using your phone and is unlocked, all Push notifications, including messages, will sound.

Settings > Do Not Disturb > Silence Always

At all times when Do not disturb is on, all Push notifications, including messages, will be silenced.

When notifications are silenced, your phone wont light up or make a sound. Notifications will be available on the lockscreen and notification center.

When calls are silenced, they are sent to voicemail And declined.

Unfortunately, we can’t silence text messages. However, in iOS 10, released to the public in Sept 2016, you can silence individual conversations.

Oh yes, you can change the ringtone and vibration patterns for individual contacts too. Simply go edit a contact and look for ringtone and vibration patterns; they are normally on default.

When I’m in a phone call, I still get alerts for emails and texts. The noise will play and, if the phone is on Speaker, it will vibrate — often leading the person I’m talking to wonder what that weird noise was.

Surely there must be a way to silence the phone while you’re talking on it. It’s very distracting to have beepings going off right next to your ear!

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Looks like there is no setting to silence alerts during a call.

There’s no phone setting to silence alerts during phone calls. You can suggest this to Apple: http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

Set Settings > Sounds > Vibrate on Silent to OFF; then while on the call you can flip the hardware switch to Silent. This will disable all sounds and vibration.

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

Quickest way to shut off text tone, or any other, is to tap volume up or down one click, this cancels tones. Also including when text tone wont stop after entering text from home screen (notifications) there’s no need to play with the notifications setting all the time. You’ll see others mention to reboot holding home and sleep simultaneously to do stop run-on tones, doesn’t last or work most of the time.

download a silent ringtone. Set your phone alerts to this ring tone. its the only way.

Loving my BlackBerry Passport but struggling to find an app to meet my needs which I had no problem finding on previous WP phones and others.

Basically, I need to be woken up at night if I receive a text or phone call (on call) but I don’t want to be woken up by other notifications (email etc) but I do want to be alerted during the day if I get an email due to my job.

I can find apps that will schedule a change of notification type but I can’t find a way to treat text (sms) messages differently to other notifications.

If this can’t be done then I do see this as a serious flaw in a business oriented phone.

Hope somebody can recommend an app or workaround.

Thanks in advance.

Posted via CB10

You can take any of the profiles, start with bedside, and add any custom notifications you want. Then rename the profile to something that makes sense.
I can set the bedside to notify on calls and texts only. Is that what you want? Play around with it.

Oh I have a Z30 but I am on 10.3.1.1949

Loving my BlackBerry Passport but struggling to find an app to meet my needs which I had no problem finding on previous WP phones and others.

Basically, I need to be woken up at night if I receive a text or phone call (on call) but I don’t want to be woken up by other notifications (email etc) but I do want to be alerted during the day if I get an email due to my job.

I can find apps that will schedule a change of notification type but I can’t find a way to treat text (sms) messages differently to other notifications.

If this can’t be done then I do see this as a serious flaw in a business oriented phone.

Hope somebody can recommend an app or workaround.

Thanks in advance.

Posted via CB10

You can with my Power Tools app. Basically you just setup the sound profiles eg: when you silent the phone etc. and then setup custom LED for text and email messages or the contact that text or email you. Set the LED to VIP status so that you will get LED and ringtone no matter what the sound notification is set too.

If you set the sound profile in the Settings to Phone Calls Only then that would cover you for the phone call ringtone but not text and email.

The bliss of turning off all notifications on your phone doesn’t have to come with the anxiety of potentially missing an important call or text. Here’s how you can have it all.

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

My family likes to text each other. A lot. So do my co-workers. Group texts and Slack messages constantly buzz day in and day out, and occasionally, texts and calls will come in while some of us are sleeping or busy — which leads to more texts, crying foul at those who have the nerve to wake us up.

Instead of fighting a losing battle against night texters and bosses who won’t stop messaging you after hours, you can use some of your phone’s built-in settings to silence those notifications, without worrying about missing the really important ones. Here’s how to configure Do Not Disturb mode to let calls through from certain people, at certain times, or only in case of emergency.

On the iPhone

iPhone users have a plethora of options for Do Not Disturb mode, ensuring that only the important stuff gets through. Head to Settings > Do Not Disturb to customize it. In particular, you’ll probably want to adjust the following options:

Scheduled: Turn this on, and set it to whenever you go to bed and wake up. Notifications will still appear on the lock screen; they just won’t make noise. If you’d prefer to hide them from the lock screen as well, turn the Bedtime switch on — that way, they’ll only appear when you drag down the Notification Center, rather than tempting you to answer emails at 10 p.m.

Allow Calls From: By default, your iPhone will silence all calls when Do Not Disturb is on. With this setting, though, you can allow calls from your Favorite contacts, like your spouse or parents. Also, consider turning on Repeated Calls, too, which will allow calls through if it’s an emergency and the same person calls twice within three minutes. (But watch out for spam callers who try to get around it by calling multiple times in a row.)

Those are the crucial ones, though there are a few other handy settings in this menu, like auto-replying to text messages while you’re driving. Feel free to peruse the other settings while you’re here.

If you enabled the Allow Calls From setting, you’ll need to add contacts to your Favorites group. Open the iPhone’s Contacts app, tap on the person in question, and scroll down to Add to Favorites. Once you have the right people on your Favorites list and the above settings enabled, they’ll be able to call you even when Do Not Disturb is on.

iOS does allow you to allow text messages and iMessages from certain contacts, even though in most cases people will call you if it’s urgent. If you want to enable this feature, head to the contact’s info, press Edit, and under the Text Tone options, choose Emergency Bypass. You can also assign certain vibration patterns to your most important contacts so you don’t even need to look at your phone to know who’s texting. Just tap the Edit button, and under Text Tone, choose Vibration and assign something recognizable. This isn’t specific to Do Not Disturb, but it’s a handy feature that serves a similar purpose: helping you know when certain people are texting so you can judge when something is important and when it can probably wait.

On Android Phones

If your phone runs Google’s Android operating system, the Do Not Disturb settings may be laid out a bit differently depending on which phone you use. But here’s the gist of how they work, which should point you in the right direction.

First, open the Settings app and head to Sound > Do Not Disturb. From here, you can customize a few aspects of the feature, including:

Sound, vibration, and visuals: You probably want audible notifications turned off when Do Not Disturb is turned on, but you can allow your phone to continue lighting up when notifications come through — though I imagine most people would prefer to have this off.

Exceptions: This is the really useful part. Here, you can choose to allow calls or messages (or both) from your “starred” contacts, even when Do Not Disturb is on. This allows you to block most notifications but allow those from your spouse, mother or other important people. You can also allow “repeat callers” so that if someone calls you twice within 15 minutes — as would be common in emergency situations — it bypasses Do Not Disturb.

Schedule: Finally, this is where you can schedule Do Not Disturb to automatically turn on and off at specific times, like when you go to bed. You’ll absolutely want to enable this.

I highly recommend turning on an exception for repeat calls and starred contacts, letting you block most notifications in Do Not Disturb mode but allowing the ones you know won’t be sent unless they’re urgent or important. If you do that, make sure to star the right contacts in Android’s Contacts app — just tap on a contact to bring up their info, and tap the star in the upper right corner to mark them as important.

With these settings in place, you can feel much better about using Do Not Disturb liberally — not just at night, but during meetings, date night and whenever else you don’t want to be bothered.

Correction: An earlier version of this article suggested it may not be possible to filter text messages from certain contacts in Do Not Disturb on the iPhone. This version has been updated to note that it is possible, and include instructions on how to do so.

I would like to be able to set up a silent period (at night for sleeping) where email alerts – but ONLY email alerts – will be silenced.

I still would like to have text messages and phone rings be normal.

Is there any way to do this automatically, without needing to go into the email app every night and turn off notifications and then remember to turn them back on in the morning?

How to silence phone calls (but not text messages and notifications)

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If you do not depend on a data connection, there may be some solutions around: The Google Playstore has a lot of automation apps to offer, which you can use to set up more than this. In your case, this would be a time-based scenario:

From 11pm to 7am, disable WiFi and mobile data

No data connection => no new mail => no new mail notifications. Apps capable of things like that include e.g. Timeriffic (free, and one of the top-apps in this section), Llama (also capable of location-based and other rules), and — my favorite — Tasker. Though the latter is not the cheapest one, it is the most flexible, and you can get a 7-day-trial at their homepage.

For examples what else you can achieve with Tasker, you might also want to take a look at What is Cell standby and how can I keep it from eating my battery?, and the examples at the mentioned homepage. Also, a Google search on Tasker profiles will list you a lot of goodies.

To accomplish your goal using Tasker, simply create the following profile:

Context:

  • Time (fill in your “from” and “to” to define the time frame)

Task:

  • Net->Mobile Data: Set Off
  • Net->WiFi: Set Off

That’s all. Say you defined it as described above (11pm to 7am), Tasker would switch off WiFi and Mobile Data at 11pm, and return to the previous state at 7am.