Here's How iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works

iOS 11 introduces a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that's designed to block incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you're driving, with the aim of cutting down on distractions to prevent accidents.

Do Not Disturb While Driving was enabled in the second developer beta of iOS 11, and is available now for developers and public beta testers. We went hands-on with the feature to give MacRumors readers an idea of how it works.


An extension of the existing Do Not Disturb feature that blocks incoming notifications during set times, such as while you're asleep, Do Not Disturb While Driving can be set to come on automatically, when connected to a car's Bluetooth, or manually.

With the automatic setting, Do Not Disturb While Driving will turn on whenever your iPhone detects the acceleration of a vehicle, an option that could be inconvenient when you're a passenger (though you can toggle it off in this situation). The Bluetooth setting turns the feature on whenever your phone connects to your car's Bluetooth, an ideal setting if you're the only person who drives your vehicle, and manually, as the name suggests, lets you turn it on from the Control Center.

While active, Do Not Disturb While Driving will mute incoming phone calls, notifications, and text messages, and your iPhone's screen will stay dark. For texts, there is an option to send your contacts a message that lets them know you're driving and will get back to them later. In an emergency, a person who is attempting to contact you via text while you're driving can break through Do Not Disturb by sending a second "urgent" message. The auto reply can be customized and turned on for all contacts, or specific groups like favorites or recents.

Phone calls are allowed so long as an iPhone is connected to a car's Bluetooth or a hands-free accessory, allowing you to respond without needing to pick up your phone. If not connected to Bluetooth or a compatible accessory, calls will be blocked like text messages and notifications.

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a fully optional feature that drivers can choose not to use or can toggle off at any time, but it's an important new safety feature that you should consider turning on to cut down on distractions.

For parents of teenagers, there's also a specific restriction setting (General --> Restrictions --> Do Not Disturb While Driving) that prevents Do Not Disturb settings from being changed, so you can make sure children are driving safely.

Top Rated Comments

nwcs Avatar
50 months ago
Are we that stupid nowadays that we need an app that will remind us that using a phone while driving can be dangerous?

I dont need this, I just use my common sense.
Given the number of accidents caused by distracted driving.... Yes, it appears society needs a way to tamp down the temptation to be continually connected; most people are terrible at policing themselves. Laws won't "fix" bad behavior but if manufacturers do things like this that encourage safety then it's a good thing.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ILuvEggplant Avatar
50 months ago
I love this

They should make it DEFAULT on all iphones thus reducing car accidents.

Many people just can't put down the iphone during drives.

Thank you Apple.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
50 months ago
This is the biggest problem with this. Since the computer can't know if the device is being used by the passenger or driver, government will eventually force the phone to be disabled at all times while the device is in motion to "save the children".

So no, I don't and will never support this no matter how many crazy idiots claim it improves safety. There are lots of ways to die, and the only way to stop them all is for the government to lock each person in a padded room with automatic light based on time of day, no electric outlets, TV turned to the government channel, and finally to push liquid nutrients under the door. You would sleep on the floor so you don't fall too far. And even with all of this, I'll bet some people will find a way to die.

Dying is a perfectly normal way for nature to get rid of idiots. We should let nature do its job.
Any thoughts for the people who are killed by the actions of the irresponsible people? Or are you just going to blame them for leaving their homes at all?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlphaTeam Avatar
50 months ago
Are we that stupid nowadays that we need an app that will remind us that using a phone while driving can be dangerous?

I dont need this, I just use my common sense.
But you can force it on a teen who doesn't always make the best decisions.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
raniel Avatar
50 months ago
Are we that stupid nowadays that we need an app that will remind us that using a phone while driving can be dangerous?

I dont need this, I just use my common sense.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zirel Avatar
50 months ago
Dying is a perfectly normal way for nature to get rid of idiots. We should let nature do its job.
When a truck crashes onto you or your sons and leaves you or your sons paraplegic, you will thank nature.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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