Texting while driving is dangerous and with the new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in iOS 11, you can remove the temptation to text and automatically let people know you cannot text them back with an automatic reply. This will also block calls unless you are connected to a hands-free accessory or to your car’s Bluetooth connection. We’ll show you how to set it up, and how to turn it off if it annoys you.

This optional feature is new for iOS 11 and it is not mandatory, but it will prove useful for people who find it hard to ignore a text message or call that comes in while driving. We’ll show you how to set this up and how you can set it to automatically start, the right options to configure and what you need to know about using it.

There is no way for you to make this mandatory for your kids’ iPhones, but you can show them how it works and tell it to automatically turn on when they are driving or connected to a car by Bluetooth.

How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving

The new iOS 11 Do Not Disturb While Driving feature will make you a safer driver by removing the temptation to text or see other distractions while driving. You don’t need CarPlay or even in car Bluetooth for this to work. Here’s how to turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving.

How to setup Do Not Disturb While Driving on iOS 11.
How to setup Do Not Disturb While Driving on iOS 11.
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb
  3. Scroll down to the Do Not Disturb While Driving Options.
  4. Tap on Activate.
  5. Choose how you want this to turn on. Manually means you activate it in Control Center. Automatically uses speed detection and Bluetooth turns on when it connects to your car.
  6. Tap on Auto Reply To.
  7. Choose who you want the iPhone to automatically text back saying that you are busy. You can choose no one, recent contacts, favorite contacts or everyone.
  8. Tap on Auto-Reply.
  9. Enter the message you want automatically sent to anyone who messages you while you are driving. There is a default message, but you can set up your own if you prefer it.

Whoever you set up to get an Auto-Reply can break through the Do Not Disturb by sending “urgent” as a follow-up message. This will let you know that you need to pull over and call this person.

How to Turn Off Do Not Disturb While Driving

If Do Not Disturb While Driving on your iPhone is annoying you, it’s easy to turn off. This will notify you by default to use it on iOS 11 and on new iPhones when it senses you moving in a car. To turn off Do Not Disturb While Driving, go to;

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Do Not Disturb
  • Scroll down to the Do Not Disturb While Driving Options.
  • Tap on Activate
  • Choose Manually.

This will only turn it on when you use Control Center to turn the feature on. If you are frequently a passenger, or if you want to make your own smart usage decisions for yourself, this is how you turn it off. Apple does not offer a traditional “Off” option.

That’s all you need to do to set up Do Not Disturb While Driving. When you are in the car, it should activate for you and prevent notifications if your screen is locked. If you are using Apple Maps or another map application, with the screen unlocked you may still see a notification appear on the screen. Apple may change this behavior as it continues work on iOS 11.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

The iOS 11.1.2 update focuses mainly on fixes for the iPhone X that are very important for many users. The update is about 50 to 60MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.1.

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

One Comment

  1. shanicosta

    07/18/2017 at 10:59 pm

    Apple iPhone iOS 11 current implementation of Do Not Disturb on Driving is a special feature for Drivers (Car or Truck). Recently apple update added Driving mode in iOS 11.In which all your call and message notifications stop, and you can auto reply to text messages. more info: https://www.howtoisolve.com/disable-enable-do-not-disturb-driving-mode/


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