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iPhone Tip: Configure Do Not Disturb Exceptions with Emergency Bypass

Posted by Jim Tanous on December 11, 2017
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The Do Not Disturb feature in iOS lets you enjoy some peace and quiet by silencing all calls and notifications for a set period of time. While this feature is extremely useful for keeping your sanity, there are some cases where we want an incoming call or text message to interrupt our respite. Examples include spouses and children, a VIP client, or the babysitter at home.
It’s possible to configure Do Not Disturb to allow calls and texts from certain groups of your contacts, but what if you want to allow individual contacts to reach you while Do Not Disturb is enabled? Thankfully there’s an option called Emergency Bypass that lets you do just this. Here’s how it works.

Enabling Emergency Bypass for an iPhone Contact

Emergency Bypass is a per-contact option, so you’ll need to manually enable it for each contact you want to be able to reach you while Do Not Disturb is turned on. To enable Emergency Bypass for a contact, first launch the Contacts app (or navigate to the Contacts section of the Phone app), find and open the desired contact’s card, and tap Edit.
iphone emergency bypass edit
From the Edit screen, scroll down until you see the entries for Ringtone and Text Tone. Emergency Bypass can be enabled separately for either phone calls or text messages. To enable it for phone calls, tap Ringtone. To enable it for text messages, tap Text Tone.
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At the top of either the Ringtone or Text Tone menu is the Emergency Bypass option. Toggle it on for each desired method of contact.
iphone emergency bypass enabled
Once enabled, that contact’s phone calls or text messages will still appear and notify you even if you have Do Not Disturb enabled. The final step is to repeat this process for any other contacts for whom you wish to allow Emergency Bypass.

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