Here’s a scenario you may be familiar with. You’re driving to your job interview when you get a text from your mom (or dad, or significant other), congratulating you on the interview. Another text flashes on your phone; it’s your friend reminding you about tonight’s party. Suddenly, you’re overwhelmed with a torrent of messages flooding in as your friend asks you to help her choose from a million outfits.
That’s not to mention the incessant and annoying Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat notifications reminding you about everything from cat videos to birthday updates. At that point, you wish your phone had no battery life, but you know that isn’t for the best since you kinda need that GPS…
For starters, you don’t need that kind of distraction in your life, especially while you’re driving. Luckily, you can get rid of the calls and texts without your phone being dead with the new, “Do Not Disturb” feature on the Apple iOS 11. Sorry Android users! This feature is an iOS exclusive. Additionally, this feature is already included with your iPhone, making it super convenient!
What Does this Feature Actually Do?
Quite literally, it puts a stop to your annoying phone distractions! This feature will silence your texts and notifications while you drive so that you are able to focus on the road. Once enabled, you’ll be able to put everything on mute, including friend’s outfit dilemma and those pesky birthday notifications. Best of all, this iPhone feature is very easy to set up.
How Do I Turn This On?
Simply go to your “Settings” menu (the icon that looks like a gear), scroll down and select the Do Not Disturb option, and scroll down to the Do Not Disturb While Driving section. Once there, you can choose from three options: Automatically, While Connected to Car Bluetooth, and Manually.
If you’re the kind of person who forgets to turn things on (not speaking from experience, *ehem*), then you may want to set your Do Not Disturb feature to the “Automatically” option (only available on iPhone 6 and above). The Do Not Disturb feature will engage every time you are in a car, moving at a driving speed. Unfortunately, this option will launch the Do Not Disturb feature every time you are in a car–even if you aren’t driving. If that doesn’t sound too pleasant to you, let’s move on.
The next option, and one that is good for most people, is the “While Connected to Car Bluetooth” option. This option presumably enables the “Do Not Disturb” feature while you are actually driving your car. If you don’t have bluetooth in your car, then the last option, “Manually” may be a good fit for you. You will have the ability to switch the feature on and off as you go, but do note, you’ll have to actually remember to turn it on each time you drive. However, no matter what option you choose, the feature alone allows you to have a safer drive, free of distractions.