A crescent moon icon usually sticks on your device in two forms. Occasionally, it sits in the status bar, right at the top, and you can only see the half-moon icon next to your text messages, but what is it, and what does it mean?

What Is The Half-Moon on iPhone & iPad (Text Messages & Status Bar)

It signifies Do Not Disturb mode(DND) is activated on your device. At the same time, if the half-moon icon appears next to specific text messages, it indicates that the DND feature is enabled, but only for that particular conversation or person.

DND is a feature that stops notifications and alerts from popping up. It blocks calls and temporarily deactivates the audio section of any smartphone. Alongside ringtones and the vibration.

Half Moon Next to A Text Message

The half-moon next to any text message implies that the chat is being muted. So until you disable it, you’ll not get any notifications for an incoming message.

Half Moon on the Status Bar

You will see the half-moon icon on the status bar of your iPad or iPhone when DND is activated. In such a situation, your device will restrict sending any form of notification. All the incoming calls will directly get diverted to the voicemail. Messages will still hit up your inbox but without notifications/sounds.

Apart from the general message and calling utilities, the other available apps will also lose their capacity to pass notifications. 

How To Get Rid Of Half Moon Icon

It is crucial to determine whether the half-moon appears on the status bar or next to any conversation and then proceed accordingly. While the former can be resolved by disabling DND, the latter will require a different fix.

How To Turn off DND – Status Bar

Disable DND mode in the Control Center:

control center half-moon ipad

Accessing the Control Center is considered one of the easiest ways to disable DND and eliminate the half-moon icon. 

  • Step 1: Unlock your iOS device
  • Step 2: Swipe down from the right corner to access the Control Center.
  • Step 3: Look for the half-moon icon from the available options and tap on it. It will disable the Do Not Disturb mode.

Using the Settings Panel

Here is how you can launch the Settings menu and disable DND for good.

  • Step 1: Unlock your iOS device and click the Settings icon on your home screen.
  • Step 2: Click on Focus (half-moon icon)
  • Step 3: Do not Disturb – Toggle on/off

Getting Rid of Half-Moon Icon Next to the Text Messages

As already mentioned, the half-moon icon next to your conversations in the messaging app hints that the notifications for some specific chats are muted. So to get rid of the crescent moon, you’ll have to undo the changes.

  • Step 1: Unlock your iOS device and navigate to the Messages app.
  • Step 2: Select the conversation where you see the half-moon icon.
  • Step 3: Tap on the circle “i” or the “Details” button. You’ll find it in the top right corner of the respective messages thread.
  • Step 4: Once you land on the Details screen, find the “Do Not Disturb” mode and turn it off.

Scheduled DND

The Do Not Disturb (DND) feature for iPad and iPhone users has undergone significant evolution in recent times, offering more than just the traditional silencing function. It has advanced scheduling capabilities, giving users unprecedented control over their quiet hours throughout the day.

You can now go beyond setting quiet hours. Customize your experience by selecting specific locations, establishing exceptions, choosing particular apps, and tailoring DND settings to your preferences. This comprehensive approach guarantees a more personalized and adaptable DND experience, perfectly aligning with your lifestyle and needs.

Here is how you can schedule DND

  • Navigate to Settings and tap on Focus
  • Find the option that says Do Not Disturb
  • Click on “Add Schedule or Automation”
  • Now, from the screen that pops up, pick the time and location. Make sure to set the From and To values properly according to the period for which you want the DND feature to be activated.
  • Finally, hit the Done button.

You can customize it in which ever way it suits you.

Focus Modes

Apple released Focus Modes in iOS 15. In essence, these are different Do Not Disturb modes meant for particular occasions. So, instead of muting all your notifications, focus modes allow you to mute and allow a particular set of applications.

Currently, there are four different focus modes available. They are:

  • Do Not Disturb
  • Personal
  • Sleep
  • Work

To access your modes, head to Settings > Focus. After doing so, you’ll be greeted with the option to Set Up any of the modes.

  • Open the Control Center by swiping down on the right corner.
  • Tap on the crescent icon hold and then select the focus mode you wish to choose

Note: When you enable a focus mode / Do Not Disturb, your preferences will be shared across all your iOS device that are signed in on the same iCloud account. You can turn this feature off by heading to Settings > Focus > Share Across All Devices

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