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Bay Mac's Help Desk with Steve Paris

Q: Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but is there a way to disable the constant buzzing notifications? When I go into meetings I’m always worried someone might contact me and often just turn it off.

 A: There are multiple ways to temporarily limit the number of notifications you’re alerted to. The oldest one is the Silent switch, on the left side of your phone. Flick it down (you’ll see a red mark above the switch that way), and your notifications will appear, but no noise will be heard. Your screen will still light up but if it’s in your pocket, that shouldn’t be an issue.

If you want to remove that as well, you can use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature. You can find that easily from the Notification Centre. Depending on your iPhone, you either reveal it by swiping from the bottom, or top right. You’ll notice an icon with a crescent moon on it. Tap on it and you won’t be bothered until you disable that feature by tapping the icon again.

But what if you forget you activated Do Not Disturb and you miss an important phone call?

Well, you can fine tune how long you don’t want to be disturbed: depending on your phone, you either tap and hold the icon, or force-touch it. This will reveal a menu, from which you can select to not be disturbed for an hour, until this evening, or until you leave this location. There’s even a ‘Schedule’ option when you can customise the time limit.

Hope this tip will prove useful to you for your next meeting.


Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.



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