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In helping a mother and her 12yo daughter set up her new iPhone for the new school year, one of the tips I gave them - about a new feature in iOS 12 - really 'struck a real chord'.
We were talking about using Screen Time to monitor and manage the number of times the Year 7 student receives notifications each day (as Snapchat was dinging away constantly while we were talking!), and how mum and daughter can also see how many 'pickups' there are by app each day. (We also looked at how daily time limits can be set on apps that are being 'over-used'.)
The daughter mentioned that she silences all the notifications by 'muting' her device during the school day.
Muting, however, does not stop things popping up on the screen and causing potential distraction. It simply turns off sounds.
A better approach to blocking distractions is to use the Do Not Disturb option, which can be easily in from the Control Centre.
Do Not Disturb will stop notifications popping up, stop vibrations and send calls straight to voicemail without ringing. My iPhone normally flashes when it rings, so that I can find it in my bag. Do Not Disturb also stops this.
(If you would like to make your own iPhone flash when it rings, visit Settings -> General - >Accessibility. In the 'Hearing' section, turn on LED Flash for Alerts.)
Control Centre can be accessed by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen on an iPhone with a Home Button. For iPhone X's and iPads on iOS 12, swipe down from the top right of the screen.
The Do Not Disturb option is the 'moon' symbol. Tap this symbol to turn on Do Not Disturb - purple means it's on. Tap it again to turn it off (white moon, grey background is Off).
Here's a feature you may not have discovered yet ...
One of the frustrations with Do Not Disturb is that it is easy to forget to turn it off when you no longer need it - meaning you may inadvertently miss calls and other notifications.
A handy new set of Do Not Disturb options is now available in Control Centre to help with this.
You can now choose to set the Do Not Disturb for just a limited period, so that it automatically turns off at the end of this period. (See the rightmost image above.) You can choose from options like:
These options can be found by holding your finger (instead of just tapping) on the Do Not Disturb symbol in Control Centre. (For devices that support Force Touch, you will need to press a bit harder to get these options to pop up.)
You will also see the 'Timetable' option at the bottom of the list of Do Not Disturb options, which takes you to the Settings App, straight to the Do No Disturb settings. From here you can set your regular overnight schedule for Do Not Disturb.
Get more great tips like this
We cover tips like this at our regular 'iPad and iPhone' User group. iTandCoffee Club members can attend these monthly sessions for free, using their membership's free session allowance. Non-members can come along for $40 per session.
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