Do Not Disturb While Driving Not Working on iPhone: Here’s Fixes for Manually, Automatically or With Car

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In Apple’s brand new operating system iOS 11 or Later introduces a new safety feature for vehicle drivers called Do Not Disturb While Driving. Indeed this function does work to block incoming calls, text messages and Notifications while you’re driving. The flagship aim of the company that cutting down on distractions to prevent accidents and focus only on the trip. It works while your iPhone detects the acceleration of your car or other vehicles like truck, motorbike, etc. But many users reporting their issue on Apple support do not disturb while driving not working. However, it is enabled as well as connected with car bluetooth, a hands-free accessory or manually.

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We have found the standard set of solutions to fix DND while driving won’t work on iPhone On earlier iOS 11 supported models.

Related Article –  Set up and use Do Not Disturb on iPhone and iPad

The solution to Fix Do Not Disturb While Driving Not Working on iPhone Running iOS

The guide is useful for all iOS supported devices including iPhone (iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max or Later new models, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone SE).


Quick Pre-Requisition Solutions and Exceptions

  1. iPhone 5S unable to usee Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on automatically.
  2. Carplay Users can’t Activate Do Not Disturb while Driving until they turn on Activate with CarPlay Feature. Read fix 2 in this article.
  3. Motion Sensor on iPhone must be turned on, Go to the Go to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness > Fitness Tracking > Enable the Toggle > That’s it.
  4. iPhone will Deliver Emergency Notification, Alarm, Timer and Alerts after enable Do No Disturb on iPhone.
  5. Useful: Message notification can’t wake up your iPhone screen, Screen will see black but If the sender sends a message with Word “Urgent” then Your iPhone will show the notification on iPhone and You can read it or Say Siri to Read it to you.
  6. Map Navigation will stay enabled on Do Not Disturb turned on. And your iPhone will see a notification on lock screen [Turn by Turn guide].
  7. If you are not a Driving the Car, then you can turn off: you must tap I’m Not Driving to turn it off.

First and foremost point is you should make confirm that Do not disturb while driving is turned On/Green. If toggle already enabled then, please turn off it, wait for five seconds, now again turn on, and Test again.

Fix #1. Check for Software Update when Do Not Disturb While Driving Not Working

You should check for a new available update. Cause sometimes on your device running operating system comes with the bugs. (Hint to solve error – unable to check for update iOS)

  • SettingsGeneralSoftware Update

Check for software update on iOS device iPhone iPad iPod touch

Fix #2: Enable The Settings for Carplay Users

If you are using your Mobile with car play then find the settings that perfectly work Do Not Disturb while driving. This bypasses the software issues on the iOS device also some Old Car system unable to work perfectly with car Bluetooth. Follow the below steps,

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Scroll to Find Do Not Disturb settings.
  3. Scroll to Activate option.
    Do Not Disturb on iPhone Activate with Carplay
    Do Not Disturb on iPhone Activate with Carplay
    • Try to use When connected to Car Bluetooth not automatically. Also, we can use Manual settings.
    • Important Settings for CarPlay users is, Activate With CarPlay toggle. Enable it. After that Do Not Disturb While Driving can be activated automatically while connected to CarPlay.
    • That’s it.

Fix #3. Restart Your Device

Restarting your iOS device can resolve the subtle glitch.

To restart your iPhone – Pressing and holding on Power Button until your appear drag slide to power off. Pull to the right side and power of your iPhone. Next up, again follow the same practice to power on Phone as you usually do. Get here – How to Restart the iPhone Without Power Button.

Fix #4: Reset All Settings to Default

Do Not Disturb while driving settings are based on your location services. sometimes internal software issues creating the problem for Enable Do Not Disturb service. Try to Reset all settings, This option will not erase the more or less important Device data. this just reset the custom settings from the device only. Follow the below steps on your iPhone.

  1. Settings app on iPhone > General > Scroll to the last Reset > Reset All Settings > Enter passcode [Your Device will reboot once] > Wait for turn on and Recheck the Do Not Disturb settings.
  2. That’s it.

Fix #5. iPhone Do Not Disturb While Driving Grayed out

Auto Do not Disturb while Driving settings grayed out on iPhone iOS 11

While you unable to change Do Not Disturb While Driving, I mean disable/enable then you need to check restriction settings. Cause sometimes knowingly or accidentally turn restrictions.

Remove the Restrictions on Do Not Disturb While Drive allow changing from your iPhone settings app. Follow the steps below on the latest version on iOS on the iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Scroll to the Options Screen Time.

    Screentime settings on iPhone
    Screentime settings on iPhone
  3. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions option. Enable the Toggle and Find the Section of Allow Changes, Find Do Not Disturb while Driving Settings.
  4. Select allow option,
    Disable Do Not Disturb Screen time restriction on iPhone
    Disable Do Not Disturb Screen time restriction on iPhone
    • Go back to Do Not Disturb Settings under the Settings app.
    • Scroll to last and Find we can make changes to Do Not Disturb While Driving option.
  5. That’s it.

Earlier Old iOS version uses Follow the below steps

  • Step #1. Go to Settings App from your iPhone home screen.
  • Step #2. Tap General.
  • Step #3. Restrictions – Enter Passcode.
  • Step #4. Scroll down the restrictions settings screen Tap on Do Not Disturb While Driving above Game Center and tap Allow Changes.
  • That’s it!

If you are sitting as a passenger at that moment feature, it seems annoying. So that you will have to turn off by pressing on the notification and then tap on, I’m Not Driving.

Final Thought: More Assistance

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