How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb While Driving

Do Not Disturb Driving Mode Turn Off Permanently

Often some services that are designed to help people cause more harm than actually providing support. One such functionality is the Do Not Disturb mode while driving. I activated it accidentally, and what followed was a barrage of missed notifications every time I was in a car. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off Do not Disturb while driving on Android and iPhone.

How to Turn off Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone

1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on “Do not Disturb.”

Do Not Disturb Turn Off Permanently Iphone

2. Scroll down and tap on Activate. Select Manually. Doing so will turn off the feature where DND mode is automatically enabled when driving or when connected to your car’s Bluetooth. Now you will need to manually turn on DND when needed. Also, turn off the toggle next to “Activate with CarPlay.”

Do Not Disturb Turn Off Permanently Iphone Carplay

3. If you are in the passenger seat or want to stop DND for a while, tap on the notification on the Lock screen and select “I’m not driving.”

Do Not Disturb Im Not Driving

4. You can also disable it from the Control Center. Open Control Center and tap on the car icon to enable or disable it. If you don’t see a car icon in the Control Center, go to “Settings -> Control Center.” Add “Do not Disturb while driving” to the Included controls list, then use the Control Center to enable/disable Do not disturb while driving. Read on to learn even more about how to use Do Not Disturb mode on an iPhone.

Do Not Disturb Driving Control Center

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb While Driving on Android

There are four ways to get rid of Do Not Disturb mode on Android while driving.

1. Driving Mode Settings

1. Open Settings on your Android phone and tap on “Connected devices.”

2. Tap on “Connection preferences” followed by “Driving mode.”

Do Not Disturb Android Driving Mode

3. Tap on “Turn on automatically” and make sure neither toggle next to “When driving is detected” and “When connected to Bluetooth” is turned on. If that doesn’t help, go back to the previous screen and tap on Behavior instead of “Turn on automatically.” Choose Open “Android auto” instead of “Turn on Do Not disturb.”

Do Not Disturb Android Driving Mode Turn Off

2. From Do Not Disturb Settings

Alternatively, you can disable Do not disturb while driving permanently from DND settings as well. However, this method will only work when you are in a moving car.

1. Open Settings and go to Sound.

2. Tap on “Do Not Disturb” followed by Schedules.

Do Not Disturb Android Driving Mode Schedule

3. Here you will see the Driving Mode schedule. Tap on the Settings toggle next to it. Turn off the “When driving is detected” and “When connected to Bluetooth” toggles on the next screen.

Do Not Disturb Android Driving Mode Schedule Turn Off

3. Using Carrier App

If your Android phone is carrier locked, you should look for a preinstalled app from your carrier. Open that and check its settings to find the Do Not Disturb mode while driving feature. Turn it off.

4. From Quick Settings

To turn off Do Not Disturb mode temporarily on an Android phone while driving, open Quick Settings and tap on the Do Not Disturb icon.

Do Not Disturb Android Driving Mode Turn Off Quick Setting

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens when DND is enabled while driving on iPhone or Android?

When Do Not Disturb mode while driving is enabled on iPhone or Android, it silences notifications from messages, calls, and other apps, except the ones in the allowed list. Additionally, on an iPhone, an automated message is sent to people who message you while you are driving.

2. Why does my iPhone keep saying Do Not Disturb while driving?

This is because the DND feature while driving has been enabled on your phone. Turn it off as shown above.

3. Who can get through the Do Not Disturb block?

Only those people who are added in the allowed or exceptions list in the DND settings can get through the Do not Disturb mode while driving block. Basically, all the DND settings will apply to the driving mode as well. Open the DND settings on your phone and customize to your needs.

4. Will my phone ring on Do Not Disturb?

Not unless the person is calling repeatedly and the Repeated calls setting is enabled on an iPhone. The phone will also ring if the person is added to the exception or allowed list.

The idea of auto-disabling phones when driving is one that’s up for debate. If you don’t like it, simply turn it off as shown above. If you don’t like the driving mode feature on Android, check out the best Android Auto alternatives.

Mehvish Mushtaq Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a technology enthusiast from Kashmir, India. A computer engineer by degree, she's always been keen to help when someone finds technology challenging. Her favorite verticals include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

One comment

  1. “Often some services that are designed to help people cause more harm than actually providing support. One such functionality is the Do Not Disturb mode while driving”

    Please explain exactly how having DND on while driving causes “harm” to the driver.

    Note: it may cause inconvenience, but in no way is inconvenience “harm”.

    “I activated it accidentally, and what followed was a barrage of missed notifications every time I was in a car.”

    So what. All the notifications were available once the car stopped and you looked at the phone, so you didn’t actually ‘miss’ anything. But how would you feel if you’d gotten those notifications, drawing your attention away from the road, and then looked back up at the road just in time to see your car kill someone, as happened to a woman test driving a self-driving car a few years ago?

    “If you are in the passenger seat or want to stop DND for a while, tap on the notification on the Lock screen and select “I’m not driving.””

    Oh, goody :-( If a passenger can do that, then so can a driver, thus entirely defeating the purpose of DNDWD. Bad Apple, bad Apple :-(

    “The idea of auto-disabling phones when driving is one that’s up for debate”

    No, it isn’t. Recent studies have shown that the number of collisions, injuries and deaths caused by drivers distracted by their phones are increasing rapidly, to the point where they rival, or sometimes even exceed, the number caused by drunk drivers. And this in spite of the fact that most cities/states/provinces (at least in North America) have enacted Distracted Driver laws with *major* consequences.

    Of course, the problem isn’t technology. The problem is humans. Most people only care about their own gratification and convenience, not caring one bit about how other people are affected. And since human nature isn’t likely to change anytime in the (near) future ….. :-(

    My opinion is that every smartphone should come with a non-bypassable function that detects when it’s in a moving vehicle and shuts down everything except turn-by-turn navigation and emergency phone calls. And turn-by-turn navigation must be engaged *before* the vehicle starts moving, at which point the screen blanks and input is prohibited…thus getting audio directions only and preventing the driver from being distracted by making changes or looking at the screen. Yes, that would be inconvenient to passengers, since they wouldn’t be able to use their smartphones either, but so what…their *minor* inconvenience would be massively eclipsed by the number of collisions/injuries/deaths prevented every year.

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