Did you recently have a call that went immediately to voicemail, and you’re wondering whether or not ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode may have caused it?

Whether you’re the one that received the call or the one placing it, this is a great question.

In this article, I’ll be covering exactly what happens to calls when Do Not Disturb mode is turned on from both sides, as well as what else it could mean if calls are sent straight to voicemail.

Let’s get started!

Does Do Not Disturb Send Calls Immediately To Voicemail?

Do Not Disturb Mode

It turns out, Do Not Disturb does not actually send calls immediately to voicemail!

Instead, on the caller’s end, the phone will ring the normal amount of times before they are sent to the voicemail box on iPhones and most Android phones.

So, if you recently placed a call to someone and were sent immediately to voicemail without any other ringing happening first, then chances are that Do Not Disturb mode was not the reason.

In essence, Do Not Disturb mode simply is a tool that automatically silences calls and notifications, while still letting calls from specific contacts come through as normal.

The idea is that the person being called isn’t disturbed by the call, and therefore probably never even noticed that someone tried to call them.

Of course, it does not mean that you’re being deliberately ignored!

Some Android Phones Are Different, However

Although it’s true that all iPhones and most Android phones (including models like the Google Pixel) let the calls ring before they send them to voicemail, this isn’t always the case.

Some Android phones may send calls immediately to voicemail when Do Not Disturb is turned on, or they may have another setting entirely that automatically ‘rejects’ calls. This immediately ends the ringing before it can even begin, similarly to if someone declined the call as soon as it popped up on their screen.

That being said, this seems to be quite rare, especially among modern smartphones.

Therefore, it’s likely that if you were sent immediately to voicemail, it was a different thing that caused it.

Let’s look over some of the different things that would send a call immediately to voicemail now!

What Does It Mean If You’re Sent Immediately To Voicemail, Without Ringing?

So, what would cause a call to get sent immediately to voicemail?

The first reason is that the phone is turned off.

If the phone is off, then it can’t ring. And if the phone can’t ring, the call will be sent immediately to voicemail without anything else happening first.

However, it’s also possible that there are other issues that would preventing a phone from ringing.

For example, it’s possible that the phone has been turned into airplane mode, or the person you’re trying to call is in an area without any service. While internet-based messages like iMessage will still go through as long as they have a Wi-Fi connection, calls will not go through if they don’t have a connection to their carrier’s cellular network.

Next, it’s also possible that the other person has blocked you. When this happens, you will still be able to send texts and place calls to them, but the person will never even see that you tried to contact them. If you believe this may have been done by accident, you can try calling them from an alternate phone to verify.

Finally, it’s also possible that they have a different setting turned on that auto-rejects calls at the moment, before letting them ring through.

Unfortunately, it can be impossible to determine exactly what’s causing the issue. Therefore, it would be best to try calling them again later to see if the call rings as normal!


Typically, when a phone is in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, calls will not be sent immediately to voicemail. Instead, from the caller’s perspective, it will ring as normal. From the receiver’s perspective however, the call will be automatically silenced – meaning they likely won’t know that it was placed until they check their phone later.

If your call is going immediately to voicemail, chances are it caused by something else – like the person’s phone being off, or in an area without service.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and that it’s answered your questions.

If you have any other questions about Do Not Disturb mode or placing calls, ask them below and I’ll be happy to help.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of JamesMcAllisterOnline.com. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on JamesMcAllisterOnline.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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