It is possible you are acquainted the mute switch which is on the side of your iPhone, but then you don’t have much knowledge of the Do Not Disturb feature. It may appear that these features replicate their roles, doing the same function of maintaining your peace from strangling notifications–but then the practical reality is that they are not the same as they reserve some distinct features which actually separates them.
Now all the mute switch does is simply mute the audio of the device. So when you get to turn it on, you stop hearing incoming alert, even calls, and a number of other notifications. Okay, but the hitch here pertaining to the mute switch is that until you turn it off, it is basically on. The implication of this is that should a very vital important text or call come in, you may end up not hearing it.
On the other side of the divide, Do Not Disturb (DND) allows you the space to work in some piece of configuration as to a selection of notifications you wish to be alerted on as well as those you don’t want to be disturbed about; hence silencing them.
Actually, there are two means to turn on Do Not Disturb: this could be on a schedule or manually. Now to turn it on manually, you will need to drag up from the bottom of your screen so as to reach the Control Center. So when you get there, click on the moon icon. There, you can see a moon symbol which appears at the upper-right corner of the screen of your device.
This way, should you want to enable it on a schedule, move straight to Settings > Do Not Disturb. If you look to the screenshot below, the “Manual” switch must be set to On, this implying that we have set it by manual means. Should you rather flip “Scheduled” to on, you will now have the choice of turning on Do Not Disturb on at scheduled intervals (this could be at the time when you’re sleeping) as well as off at other intervals (possibly during the day).
Also on view for you to see are a few options which pretty distinguishes it (Do Not Disturb) from the simple mute switch. Take for instance, it is possible for you to set it to always allow calls from certain contacts, or even permit repeated calls from the same person (possibly in emergency circumstance) You can as well instruct it to numb the sounds of notifications only at intervals when your phone is on lock.
Simply put, the mute switch is at its peak of functionality when used for the short term, this could be when you embark on a library marathon as a student or enjoying a movie at theater. On the other hand, Do Not Disturb is most suitable for those period of times when you anticipate to use it, this could be before you go to work or even go to bed.
So if you come to the judgment that Do Not Disturb suits all your needs perfectly and there is thus no place for the mute switch, you can make changes to the function of the mute switch (should you be using an iPad). It could either work as desired, or you can alter it to lock the rotation of your tablet.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful!