IOS: Do Not Disturb Mode

There is a neat setting on most I phones if not all that allows users to manage and block incoming calls while busy with work or business. The Do Not Disturb Mode setting on I phones lets users manage and block calls. The following steps will show you how to access and use this setting effectively.

Step 1: Access your home screen on your I Phone.

Step 2: Access settings on your I phone’s Home screen.


Step 3: Navigate to your Do Not Disturb Mode setting on this screen.



Step 4: Turn ON your Do not Disturb Mode by moving the slider to the right. At this point, all calls and notifications that arrive while the phone is locked will be silenced.


As you may have noticed, there is an option to schedule your Do Not Disturb Mode setting. This option has many applications like Work time, Bed time, Driving etc.

Step 5: Turn the Scheduling option ON by moving the slider to the right.


Step 6: Set the hours for Scheduled Do Not Disturb Mode.




Step 7: Turn ON Bed time if you need to silence your calls.


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Step 8: Change the Silence settings to either Always silenced or silenced only while the I phone is locked. Should you need to silence your phone even while your I Phone is not on lock screen, you may use the Always Silenced option. If not, you may use the “While I phone is locked” option to silence your calls and notifications while your phone is on the lock screen.

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Step 9: Navigate to Allow Calls From and change this option to either “Everyone“, “No One“, “Favourites“, “All Contacts“.

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Step 10: Should you have an Employer or Business Contact on the list, you may turn ON the Repeated Calls option. This option lets a second call from the same person go through. This option is great for emergencies.

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Step 11: You may now access the Do Not Disturb While Driving option on this screen. This option is perhaps one of the most useful setting on this screen. Should you have a GPS or blue tooth enabled device connected to your phone, this option will silence your calls and notifications as soon as you turn your GPS ON and activate your Bluetooth device.


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Step 12: Should you need to let your callers or contacts know about your status, whereabouts or the reason why you are not able to attend their calls, you may use the Auto-Reply setting on this screen. You may also choose your own message for this reply!

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IOS: Set up a SMSC Number

 SMSC number stands for Short Messaging Service Center Number. When a user sends any SMS, this SMS goes through a SMS service center before it is finally diverted to its destination. Think of SMS service centre as a gas station service stop on your way to your final destination. Since, SMS service centres are different for each service provider, service center number for each service provider will be different. If this number does not match with what you may see on the screen, one will have to contact customer/tech support to get the dialing sequence to set their SMSC number. One does not need the SMSC number set up to receive SMS. Without this SMSC number, one will not be able to send a single SMS! You may refer to the following steps to set up your SMSC number for Chatr.

Step 1: Check your SMSC Number. Check to see if your SMSC number is set up correctly on your phone by dialing a sequence of digits provided by your network service provider.

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Step 2: If your SMSC number is not set up correctly, type in a sequence to set up your SMSC number. You may request this sequence from your network service provider.

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Step 3: Make sure you see the following screen. If not, try again with the correct sequence.

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Step 4: Check your SMSC number again.

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Step 5: Go ahead and send a text message/SMS.

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