Is Your iPhone Not Ringing? This Could Be Why

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I’m not a tech blogger, but I (FINALLY) figured out something last night that had been driving me crazy for the past several months. I thought it was just me, but after posting on my Facebook page, it seems many of you are/were having the same problem.

So, your iPhone. Does it ring when someone calls? No? Maybe only occasionally? What about text alerts? Do you pick up your phone only to see 10 missed text messages and calls? How can that be? It’s sitting within 5 feet of you! Must been crappy reception, right?

Well, that’s what I thought. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why my phone was only ringing a small percentage of the time. Little did I know that my Do Not Disturb feature was turned on – basically only allowing my list of “favorites” to audibly ring on my phone.

How do you know if the Do Not Disturb feature is turned on?

Look at your lock screen. (You can see mine in the above image.) Do you see that little moon icon on the top bar? Yep, it’s on. And muting your calls.

So, how do you turn that damn thing off? Two easy ways. First off, you can access the Do Not Disturb menu in Settings. Make sure to turn the manual slider to “off.” (Also you can see how mine was set to allow call from “favorites.” That’s why my iPhone was still ringing part of the time!)

The second way (and probably how I turned mine on in the first place) is to swipe up from the bottom while on your home screen, and the menu below will pop up. See that moon icon? Be sure it’s turned off.


There you have it. Now your iPhone can ring again and all will be right with the world. (On the flip side, though, if you only want to be alerted when your “favorites” call, then by all means keep it on!)

  • Amy

    March 25, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Yep, my two-year-old was doing this to my phone unbeknownst to me. Now I get a call from my husband regularly telling me to turn the sleep mode off because Lucy’s pressed it accidentally again :P

  • Zizi

    March 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you

  • Lana

    March 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    So funny that you would post abut this today. All last weekend I was missing calls and texts and it was driving me CRAZY! i don’t even remember how i discovered (finally oh.my.god) that the ‘do not disturb’ was on but, alas, I did and quickly remedied the situation. So random!

  • Elaine

    March 25, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    This is life changing!

  • Lynne

    March 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve noticed this happens when I do a software update on my phone. So watch for that too!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    March 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Holy freaking goodness….I just tried this and now my phone rings. You’re a life saver!

  • Stacey

    March 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

    How cute is your background photo? Anyway, I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t so tech savvy. I had a similar scenario with my phone this weekend that my husband solved for me. He always laughs at me because I’m technically a ‘millenial’. I should get this tech stuff, but it always takes my Gen X husband to fix it for me;)

  • Amy

    March 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I remember going through this a few months ago and COMPLETELY LOSING MY MIND. This post will help so many. :)

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  • Elyse

    March 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Sweet Sassy Mollassy, I feel like I can have my life back! I can’t believe I have lost MONTHS of my life with this driving me crazy! Thank you!

  • Heathra

    April 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    THANK YOU!!!! I’m not sure when or how I applied the “Do Not Disturb” setting – but thanks to you, I can finally get calls again. I have been missing contractor calls, doctor’s calls, etc and it has not only been trying me crazy but disrupting my life. Great post!

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    June 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    hallelujah!!!! Thank you so much!!!