How to tell if someone is using Do Not Disturb on iPhone – and override it

David Price for Macworld UK:

How can you tell if the person who isn’t picking up your calls or answering your texts is using Do Not Disturb mode on their iPhone? And if they are, is there any way to override Do Not Disturb and call them anyway? Yes – here’s how.

By default, Do Not Disturb is set up to allow calls through if the same number calls again within three minutes – the idea is to ignore most calls but let through urgent ones.

In other words, your first step if you suspect your friend is using Do Not Disturb should be to call again right away. If they’ve still got that default feature activated, you’ll break through the DND barrier.

MacDailyNews Take: Two quick bangs and you’ll hammer through Do Not Disturb. Depending on who you’re calling, it’d better be an emergency, though, otherwise you’ll have to deal with the wrath of the person you’ve disturbed!


  1. Here’s my personal experience.

    I use scheduled “do not disturb”, and allow calls through as described in the article. I’ve done this for many years, so that my kids can always get through for emergencies.

    I get a great deal of phone spam, which is somewhat reduced with the help of spam filters, but still get multiple spam calls a day

    I have never been disturbed by a spam caller using multiple quick calls to get through. Ie, I’ve never gotten a spam call when my scheduled don not disturb is on, despite having the option to allow emergency calls.

    1. The reason I believe spammers don’t programmatically use multiple quick repeated calls, is that their return on investment will just get lower

      People who get disturbed when do no disturb is on will be so annoyed that it just doesn’t pay financially to do it. Jmho

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