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Why does Do Not Disturb keep turning on?

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Our phones get riddled with notifications each day we use them. As people keep cramming more and more apps on their phones, the number of notifications becomes overwhelmingly high. Luckily, both Android and iOS have notification management systems built-in to help users manage this influx, but sometimes the good old Do Not Disturb mode works best. 

That said, this mode can be a bit too aggressive as it cuts off all notifications from your phone. So if Do Not Disturb starts automatically on your phone, it can cause you to miss important notifications. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at why does Do Not Disturb keeps turning on your phone and what you can do to fix the problem. 

Why does this happen?

More often than not, DND or similar notification modes activate themselves due to some scheduled settings or if your phone is in a certain position. Several phones also have dedicated sliders on them than can put your phone on silent or DND. 

It’s a combination of the aforementioned factors or a malfunction in one of them that leads to DND mode enabling itself automatically without your knowledge. 

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How to fix this on Android?

Here are three fixes you can try out if you’re using an Android device. 

Check your settings

Several phones, especially Pixel devices have a setting where you can place your phone face down on a table to automatically send it in DND mode. If such a setting is enabled on your phone, you can rather easily send it into DND mode without knowing. 

Here’s how to disable this setting on a Pixel 4a running Android 13. Note that the exact whereabouts of this setting on your device may vary. 

  • Open your phone settings and tap Notifications. 
  • Scroll down and tap Do Not Disturb. 
  • Tap Schedules.
  • Disable the Flip to shhh slider. 

Alternatively, if you’ve accidentally enabled a DND schedule on your device, you’ll also be able to change those settings here. Ensure that there are no active schedules that automatically put your phone on DND mode. 

Check your switches

As mentioned before, a lot of phones have dedicated switches for quikcly switching between multiple alert modes. Despite their design, users often accidentally knock these switches into the wrong positions all the time so there’s a good chance that you’re accidentally moving the switch in the wrong direction. 

Factory reset

This might sound drastic, but as a last resort, you can try factory resetting your phone to resolve the issue once and for all.

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  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap on System.
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap on Reset options.
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  • Tap Erase all data (factory reset)
  • Tap the final conformation and wait for your device to reboot.

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How to fix the issue on iOS?

Here are two fixes you can try out to fix the issue on iOS.

Check Do Not Disturb schedule

Here’s how you can check if DND mode is running on a schedule.

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  • Head over to the iOS settings and tap on Do Not Disturb.
  • Make sure that the Do Not Disturb and Scheduled sliders are disabled. 
  • Additionally, scroll down and make sure that the DND mode is set to manual while driving. 

Check the side switch

All iPhones come with a side switch that toggles between ringer and silent modes. While this isn’t precisely Do Not Disturb, setting the ringer switch to silent can prevent notifications from reaching you and is often confused with the Do Not Disturb mode. Check to see if the swtich is in the right position to fix the issue. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: