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Airplane mode provides another method of silencing the ringer. Unfortunately, it also turns off cellular data, however, you can still use WiFi. For this reason, the Ring/Silent switch is preferable to Airplane mode. If your phone’s Ring/Silent switch is broken, Airplane mode is a decent alternative. You can activate Airplane mode by launching Control Center. Simply slide your finger up from the bottom of any screen to display Control Center. Next, tap on the airplane icon. This will turn off all cellular communications and forward incoming calls to voicemail.
One problem with turning off the ringer is that you may forget to do it before bedtime. Notifications are not silenced when the ringer is turned off. Furthermore, calls and Notifications will light up the iPhone screen, which could wake light sleepers. If you need a bulletproof method for attaining peace and tranquility, Do Not Disturb mode provides a better solution. This feature stops calls, Notifications and text messages from disturbing you.
Do Not Disturb Mode
Phone calls are an important means of communication for many people. Professionals are often on call. Parents need to keep their phone on in case their children call with an emergency. Whatever the reason, some people just can’t turn off their ringer for much of the day. Do Not Disturb mode on the iPhone allows calls to rollover to voicemail during a specified time. This feature is indispensable if you need to take calls but also need restful sleep.
Launch the Settings app and tap on Do Not Disturb to access the feature. Turn on the Scheduled switch and tap on the “From To” field to set the scheduled time.
Your iPhone will not make any noises or vibrations during the specified time. The only exception is the alarm, which makes sense. After all, when you intentionally set an alarm, you expect it to work.
It’s possible to turn on Do Not Disturb mode manually. Simply slide your finger up from the bottom of any screen to launch Control Center. Tap on the moon icon to turn on Do Not Disturb mode.
This is great if you want to take a nap or need to completely silence your iPhone during a meeting or movie. Remember, turning off the ringer won’t stop Notifications from making a sound. Do Not Disturb mode will completely silence your iPhone and prevent the lock screen from displaying messages.
You can actually create a “white list” of approved callers that can reach you, even when Do Not Disturb mode is turned on. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Allow Calls From and make the appropriate selection.
This is a great way to screen calls by choosing specific callers, rather than blocking unwanted callers after the fact. Unfortunately, turning on Do Not Disturb mode will silence Notifications. Ideally, Apple should provide a way only allow calls from approved callers as a white list feature. Do Not Disturb mode comes pretty close, but it has the side effect of temporarily disabling Notifications.
National Do Not Call Registry
The National Do Not Call Registry is a government initiative aimed at thwarting unwanted telemarketing calls.
At best, this service will only reduce the number of unsolicited calls. In fact, the website has an alert about a scam involving callers posing as Do Not Call Registry employees. Isn’t that ironic? (continue…)