Setting up an iPhone for Noise Logging

An iPhone can be configured for unattended operation, to minimize and try to eliminate all interruptions that could stop a test in progress. If you do all of the below steps, you should have a solid iPhone that won't do anything other than run the app.

Also see our pages about using Guided Access Mode and the ultimate, Single-App Mode, to turn your iOS device into a dedicated hardware device.

Prevent Interruptions

Turn off all Notifications


For each app listed, select the app and turn off Allow Notifications.

Turn off Amber Alerts


Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and turn off both AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts.

Turn off Background App Refresh

Settings->General->Background App Refresh

Turn them all off.

Turn off all Automatic Updates

Settings->iTunes & App Store

Turn them all off.

Forward Calls on the Phone

Settings->Phone->Call Forwarding

Turn this on, and enter any phone number. This will ensure that in case a wrong number tries to call the phone, it won't ever ring.

Turn on Do Not Disturb

Settings->Do Not Disturb

Turn on Manual. Turn off Repeated Calls. Set Allow Calls From to No One. Set SILENCE: to Always.

Turn Siri Off


We don't want Siri listening waiting to do anything.

Turn Off Handoff

General->Handoff & Suggested Apps

Turn Handoff off.

Turn Off Messages and Facetime

Settings->Messages, Settings->Facetime

Turn these off.

Other Settings


Turn on iCloud Drive, Keychain, and Find My Phone. You don't need an email account or backups.


We also need location services to be turned on, and microphone access.

Settings->Privacy->Microphone and Settings->Privacy->Location Services