Hidden Features Revealed

“Do not disturb while driving!”

Here’s how this nifty “Do not disturb while driving” option works.  When the iPhone detects that you’re driving — because it’s connected to your phone’s Bluetooth, or because the phone detects motion — it prevents any notifications (alert messages from your apps) from showing up to distract you.

If someone texts you, they get an auto-response, something like:  “I’m driving. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.”  Note that you can designate certain people as VIPs; if they text the word “urgent” to you, their messages break through the blockade.

To set up the “Do not disturb while driving” option:

Go to Settings → DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING → Activate → [choose from Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth, or Manually]

You can select who receives an automatic reply and create the canned message that is sent.

Go to Settings → DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING → Auto-Reply To and Auto-Reply

You can add a manual Do Not Disturb While Driving icon on your Control Center.

Go to Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls and move the Do Not Disturb While Driving control to the INCLUDE list by tapping the green circle +

Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs is a retired electrical engineer. He has worked many years in the high-tech arenas of Silicon Valley, MIT, and Orange County, where he co-founded a medical device company. He taught introductory computer science at Stanford University and has created and taught iPhone workshops locally for three years. If you would like more information on Jake's workshops, check out his website at JakeAir.weebly.com for the Fall schedule. Email Jake at JakeAir@cox.net
Jake Jacobs