Bug Prevents iOS ‘Do Not Disturb’ From Switching Off On New Year’s Day



If you had to get up early on January 1st, I hope you used the built-in Clock app to set your iOS alarm; otherwise you may have spent an unintentional extra few hours in bed. Why? Because the Do Not Disturb feature of iOS 6 switched on as usual on the last day of 2012, and then stayed on.

Many users of Do Not Disturb report that the feature didn’t switch itself off yesterday morning.

I noticed this, too, and until I read the tweets and posts from others, I figured I had “knocked” the switch into the “on” position whilst messing with the nearby tethering settings.

But no. The little crescent-moon symbol in the status bar stayed there on both my iPhone 5 and my iPad. In fact, it’s still there on my iPad, and if I go into the Settings app the toggle switch tells me that Do Not Disturb is indeed switched on.

Oddly, I’m still seeing and hearing some but not all of my alerts.

Either way, you just need to go switch it off and everything goes back to normal. Still, this is a good warning that relying on third-party alarm apps might not be a great idea if you have a plane to catch.

  • Aaron

    My iPhone 4 was bitten by this bug. Kinda nice to have some extra peace and quiet on New Year’s Day… maybe this was Apple’s way of helping those of us with hangovers…

  • Jonathan Ober

    Didn’t do this for me. Weird. I am on up to date iOS and iPhone 4S.

  • stanmayo

    Did it for me, I literarily just turned it off…and its 10am.

  • tajenelson

    This is continuing to happen… even though its after new years….

  • technochick

    Between myself friends, family and co workers we’ve some 200 devices in 12 countries that have never had any of these date/time issues. Leading us all to believe that it’s not iOS that is fully to blame