If you are new to the iOS experience, then naturally you’d want to know more about your device. If you are curious about a weird crescent moon symbol next to text messages or on your status bar, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we are going to help you know all about what the moon symbol represents and how that feature can be useful to you. We will also take a look at where these symbols appear, what their different colors represent, and how they can be toggled on/off. Ready? Let’s get started.
What Does The Moon Symbol Mean?
If you are familiar with Androids “Do Not Disturb” mode then this would be very simple to understand. The crescent moon symbol on the status bar appears when the “Do Not Disturb” option is turned on in iOS. This is a nifty feature that allows you to silence all notifications or just let important ones through. It is extremely useful in situations that need your attention. “Do Not Disturb” can help you avoid distractions but unlike the Silent Mode, it can make exceptions. There is an option in this mode that mutes everything except calls. This makes sure that you won’t be distracted by all the social media notifications. There’s another mode that goes even further and will only your emergency contacts call you.
Apart from the status bar, there’s another place that the crescent moon symbol can appear and that place is the Messages app.
Crescent Moon Symbol in Text
If you’ve seen the crescent moon symbol next to text messages, it means that you’ve turned on the “Hide Alert” option for that Contact. The Messages app will receive the message from the contact but it won’t show up in your notification. This is especially useful when you have an annoying friend but you can’t just block them. You can also easily schedule this mode to turn on or off.
The moon symbol next to text messages can appear to be gray instead of the usual blue. The blue moon symbol simply means that the messages from that contact are unread while the gray means that they are read.
How to Turn “Do Not Disturb” On/Off?
Setting the “Do not Disturb” Mode is pretty simple. We are going to take a look at hiding the system-wide notifications.
1. Using The Control Center
- Open the Control center of your iPhone by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen ( For models before the iPhone X, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen).
- Tap on the moon symbol to turn on “Do Not Disturb”. The crescent moon symbol should appear on the status bar.
To schedule the mode, all you have to do is press and hold the moon symbol in the control center. It will give you options to set the “Do Not Disturb” mode.
2. Using Siri
This is the simplest method to turn on Do Not Disturb. Just say “Hey Siri!” and then say “Turn on Do Not Disturb” to turn it on and you can use “Turn off Do Not Disturb” to turn it off.
How to Turn “Do Not Disturb” On/Off in Messages
Like we mentioned earlier, you can easily hide notifications from selected contacts. You can simply swipe the text thread to the left side and select Hide Alerts. Or, you can just follow these instructions.
- Select the message thread that you don’t want notifications from.
- Tap the “i” button on the top right corner and then toggle Hide Alerts(“Do Not Disturb” in iOS 10 and below). You will now see a crescent moon symbol next to the text message.
There’s a problem with this method that a lot of users have been pointing out and that is the fact that you have to send a text message to create a thread and you’re only allowed to hide alerts after that. This is a problem that can be avoided easily if you do this:
- Before texting the contact, edit their number by adding 555 to it.
- Text the number and now you have a thread.
- Change the number back to what it was originally and then hide the alerts.
“Do Not Disturb” Granular Controls
You can easily let calls come through for your selected contacts. All you have to do is follow these steps.
- Open up Settings.
- Tap on Do Not Disturb.
- Toggle Allowed Calls From to receive calls from your selected contacts. Toggle Turn on repeated calls to allow repeated calls(in case of an emergency).
Do Not Disturb will always let your emergency contacts call you.
That’s all there is to know about the moon symbol next to text messages and on the status bar. Hopefully, our article has helped you learn more about your iOS devices.
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