Use Bed­time Mode for Do Not Dis­turb

Some­times you want to en­sure your phone doesn’t grab your at­ten­tion. That’s what Bed­time Mode is about. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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You wake up in the mid­dle of the night and pick up your phone to quickly glance at the time... and you spend the next 30 min­utes glued to it. We’ve all been there. Sure, you en­abled Do Not Dis­turb so that your no­ti­fi­ca­tions come in silently, but now the dis­play’s bright light and the lock screen’s string of no­ti­fi­ca­tions are prac­ti­cally beg­ging you to take ac­tion.

That’s where the new Bed­time Mode comes in. No to be con­fused with the Bed­time func­tion of the Clock app (in­tro­duced in iOS 10), Bed­time Mode is iOS 12’s new op­tional en­hance­ment to Do Not Dis­turb. Here’s how it works and how to en­able it.

Bed­time Mode

If you set a sched­uled Do Not Dis­turb time (as many of us do dur­ing our nor­mal sleep­ing hours), you’ll have the op­tion to tog­gle Bed­time Mode for those hours.

Reg­u­lar Do Not Dis­turb mode si­lences calls and no­ti­fi­ca­tions. When it’s ac­tive, sounds and vi­bra­tions won’t wake you up (or dis­turb your din­ner com­pan­ion, or make noise in the cin­ema), but they’ll still ap­pear on the lock screen.

Bed­time Mode adds two new be­hav­iours to Do Not Dis­turb. First, it dims the dis­play con­sid­er­ably, so if

you pick up your phone in a dark room – to check the time, for ex­am­ple – it won’t blind you with bright light. Sec­ond, it sends in­com­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions straight to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion his­tory, skip­ping the lock screen en­tirely.

When you un­lock your phone, the screen will re­turn to nor­mal bright­ness, and all the no­ti­fi­ca­tions you got while in Do Not Dis­turb will be just a swipe away.

En­able Bed­time Mode

Set­ting Bed­time Mode is easy: you just need to re­mem­ber that it’s an op­tional en­hance­ment to a reg­u­larly sched­uled Do Not Dis­turb time.

1. Open Set­tings, and tap on Do Not Dis­turb.

2. If you haven’t set a sched­ule for Do Not Dis­turb, do so.

3. When a sched­ule is set, you’ll see a new tog­gle in iOS 12 called Bed­time Mode. Just turn that on.

Now, when your sched­uled Do Not Dis­turb time is ac­tive, your phone will con­sider it to be ‘bed­time’ and will act in the way de­scribed above.

Reg­u­lar Do Not Dis­turb looks like the left screen, while Bed­time Mode makes it look like the right

En­abling Bed­time Mode is easy. It’s an op­tional tog­gle un­der­neath your sched­uled Do Not Dis­turb time

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