Use Driving Mode

Tempted to open those funny pictures from your friends while you’re on the road? With Driving Mode, Windows Phone 8 can help reduce distractions from your phone while you're behind the wheel so you can focus on the task at hand. Turn this feature on to limit notifications on the lock screen—including texts, calls, and quick status alerts—until you’re safely parked. You can even send automatic replies when someone tries to contact you, so they won’t worry when you can’t get back to them.

To set up Driving Mode

When you turn on Driving Mode for the first time, you’ll be asked to set it up. For this, you'll need a Bluetooth device (such as a hands-free car kit or headset) that's been paired to your phone. After setup, Driving Mode will turn on automatically any time you connect a Bluetooth device you’ve enabled for Driving Mode.

  1. If you haven't paired a Bluetooth device to your phone yet, in the App list, tap Settings Settings icon, then tap Bluetooth and pair a device to your phone.

  2. Go back to the App list and tap Settings Settings icon > Driving Mode.

  3. Tap Next, then do one or both of the following:

    • To send calls to voicemail, turn on Ignore calls Toggle on icon.
    • To turn off text notifications, turn on Ignore texts Toggle on icon.
  4. Tap Next, then do one or more of the following:

    • To automatically send a text reply to calls, turn on Text replies to calls Toggle on icon.
    • To automatically send a text reply to texts, turn on Text replies to texts Toggle on icon.
    • To customize the reply, type the message you want in your text replies, then tap Next.
  5. To enable your first Bluetooth device for Driving Mode, tap the device name in the list. Once you enable a device, Driving Mode will automatically start whenever your phone connects to it.

  6. Tap Next, and then tap Finish to finish setting up Driving Mode.

To use Driving Mode

To start Driving Mode, connect any Bluetooth device you've set up for this feature. If the screen is off, you don't need to do anything—your phone will buzz and a voice prompt from the Bluetooth device will tell you that Driving Mode is on.

If your screen is on, tap Yes when the Start Driving Mode? screen appears. Tap No if Driving Mode started, but you didn’t want it to.


  • You can add more Bluetooth devices to Driving Mode, remove devices you’ve set up, or change your autoreply settings at any time by going to Settings Settings icon > Driving Mode.
  • Some emergency calls and messages may not come through when Driving Mode is turned on.
  • All app notifications will be turned off while Driving Mode is on, even if you’ve set them up to show quick status on your lock screen.

To turn off Driving Mode

If you don't want to use Driving Mode for a device you've set up, you can either turn it off for just one time, or you can prevent it from turning on automatically when a Bluetooth device is connected.

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Driving Mode.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To turn off Driving Mode for this one time, turn off Status.
    • To turn off Driving Mode and prevent it from starting from now on when your phone connects to the Bluetooth device, tap Add devices, and then tap the Bluetooth device that Driving Mode is enabled for. The device will still appear in the list and be available to connect via Bluetooth, but the Driving Mode enabled text will no longer appear under the device's name. If you want to turn it on again later, tap that Bluetooth device again.

When Driving Mode enabled no longer appears under any of the Bluetooth devices in the list, Driving Mode is completely disabled.


To use Driving Mode, your phone needs to have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more information about updating your phone.

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