How to Use Do Not Disturb for Individual Contacts on Your iPhone (UPDATED FOR iOS 12)

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb for Individual Contacts on iPhone

Do you have a person in your Contacts who you'd like to silence for awhile? You can turn on Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone for individual contacts, although the process is slightly different with iOS 12 than it was with iOS 11. Whether you’re on a date and don't want to hear from that one friend who texts constantly or you’re in a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed by personal calls or texts, you need Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb mode is indicated by the crescent moon symbol or icon to the left of your selected contact, and allows you to mute texts and calls from the person you don't want interrupting you. Here’s how to turn on Do Not Disturb for one contact on iPhone with iOS 12.

Related: How to Let Favorite Contacts Call You When Do Not Disturb Is On

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How to Turn Do Not Disturb On for an Individual Contact:

  • Open the Messages app and select the conversation for which you want to turn on Do Not Disturb.

  • Tap the > symbol next to the contact's name you'd like to put on Do Not Disturb.

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  • Tap on info.
  • Toggle on Hide Alerts, then tap Done.

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Do Not Disturb: Crescent Moon Symbol Indicates It's On

Now you won’t receive notifications from the contact you hid alerts from should they try to text or call you. You'll see a crescent moon symbol to the left of the contact's icon in Messages.

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How to Turn Do Not Disturb Off for an Individual Contact:

  • Swipe left on the conversation in Messages.
  • Tap Show Alerts.

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Now you'll receive notifications from your contact again!

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