How to Turn off Driving Mode on iPhone

Although Do Not Disturb while driving is safer, it's sometimes annoying

Distracted driving can cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents, making it more important than ever to stay focused and keep your eyes on the road instead of answering a non-urgent call or reading a text message. The iPhone's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature helps you do just that, silencing low priority notifications that you can view or respond to once you've parked. 

Although this driving mode offers safety benefits, you may want to disable it and make your own decisions as far as when or when not to look at your iPhone. Follow the instructions below to turn off driving mode. 

This feature is only available on iPhones running iOS 11 or above.

What Is Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode?

By default, the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature disables some functionality while still allowing certain notifications and calls to go through. 

The functionality described below assumes that you have not made any modifications to these individual settings. If you have, your driving mode experience may differ.

  • Alarms, timers, and emergency alerts will still function as usual even when driving mode is active.
  • When a text message arrives, your iPhone screen will not light up, and your device will not make a sound. An automatic reply goes to the recipient to inform them that you're driving at the moment. At that point, they can choose to type "Urgent," which will bypass driving mode and force both an audible and visible notification. 
  • If your iPhone is connected to your automobile's Bluetooth, it will permit all incoming phone calls. If it's not, however, driving mode will utilize your standard Do Not Disturb settings. You can choose to allow calls from those contacts designated as Favorites, or from anyone who makes back-to-back calls. You can configure these preferences in the Settings app.

Since Do Not Disturb While Driving mode can sense when you're in motion, it will occasionally be activated on passenger iPhones as well. If you're the passenger, tap the I'm Not Driving button if this occurs.

How to Turn off Driving Mode

Do Not Disturb While Driving will activate automatically when your iPhone senses that you're driving. You can also turn it on or off manually via the iOS Control Center. First, however, you'll have to add it to the options. Here's what to do:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

  2. Select Control Center.

  3. Tap Customize Controls.

    Customize Controls on an iPhone
  4. Under More Controls, tap the plus sign next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.

    If the icon already appears under the Include heading at the top of the screen, the feature is already active.

  5. Return to the Home screen.

    On an iPhone X or later, swipe down from the upper-right corner of your iPhone display to open the Control Center.

    On an iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

  6. Tap the car icon to disable or enable Do Not Disturb While Driving.

    iPhone screens showing how to turn off Do Not Disturb While Driving