Do Not Disturb While Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous.  Lives are lost and thousands of people have been hurt due to the affects of distracted driving as people are talking on their phones or worse, texting while driving.

Starting with IOS 11, Apple has provided the Do Not Disturb While Driving function which will help you drive safely by limiting the notifications and alerts you get from messages and text.  It will also suppress phone calls unless you are connected to a bluetooth hands-free device.



The primary setup step is telling your iPhone how you want it to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving.  There are three options:

  • Manually using the Control Center icon for Do Not Disturb
  • When connected to a car Bluetooth device or a hands-free accessory.
  • Automatically where Location Services in your device detect that you might be driving.

Make the selections with the following step-by-step.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb
  3. Scroll down and tap on Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  4. Make your startup selection.

When Do Not Disturb While Driving you will see the crescent moon indicator on the status bar.



Please avoid distracted driving and use this function to help you drive more safely.   Remember, distracted driving is dangerous.


Setup is identified in the Step-by-Step instructions above.


Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Do Not Disturb While Driving

Apple Support Document – How to use the Do Not Disturb While Driving Function –  Includes instructions on how to set restrictions on the function for children in order to keep them safer.