What does mooning mean?

Setting a contact as do not disturb

Mooning is when you set a person as "do not disturb" (DND) in your phone, so you are no longer notified when they contact you. The name comes from the crescent moon icon in iOS that represents the "do not disturb" mode.

The term has no connection to the other type of "mooning" that involves showing your rear end. Instead, this version was coined in 2016 as teenage iPhone users began referring to the silencing option by the icon appearance. The mode still allows you to receive calls and messages from you but does not alert you when you do.

Most people set their phone to DND when they need to focus on something, sleep, or just be alone. It's especially helpful when you want to mute someone who is annoying.

You may moon anyone who you need a break from. It may be an overbearing parent, clingy romantic partner, or irritating sibling. It may also be a BFF, that you just need a temporary break from.


Can you text Jessica? She's been mooning me all day and I don't know why

Mooning can be such a freeing feeling when you don't want to be bothered

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Updated August 25, 2021

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