If you’ve ever gotten frustrated with your iPhone when your phone doesn’t ring, there might be an easier fix to the problem than you think. In some cases you don’t need to update the operating system or restore to factory settings and load your most recent backup to correct any software issues. There could be a simple fix right in front of you that’ll take less than five seconds to correct and you’ll be shocked to discover it.
Having recently run into this issue with my wife’s phone I was extremely surprised I didn’t think of it sooner. When you swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to activate Control Center you’ll notice the top settings allow you toggle on and off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Rotation Lock. Check and see if the moon or Do Not Disturb setting on your iPhone has been enabled. If so, this is stopping your iPhone from ringing and text message alerts, unless you’ve identified certain contacts to get through despite enabling Do Not Disturb. Simply turn this setting off and all calls will resume, except for those numbers you’ve blocked.
Another way you can investigate if the Do Not Disturb mode is running is by checking to see if the moon icon is present in the menu bar at the top of the screen. If so, Do Not Disturb mode is enabled and you need to shut it off to receive calls normally.
If you access Control Center numerous times throughout the day, accidentally activating this feature isn’t entirely out difficult to do. In most cases, you’re probably used to going through the motions of turning on the flashlight or disabling Wi-Fi and you tapped the Do Not Disturb mode without even knowing it. The frustrating part is trying to find a solution to a problem when you don’t even know where to start. If you don’t use the Do Not Disturb function, checking this setting would probably never appear on your radar since you aren’t familiar with what this feature does or that it even exists.
So before you start calling your iPhone a “piece of s@#*,” check out this setting to see if you might’ve accidentally selected it. It’s definitely the easiest solution to an extremely frustrating issue.