How to Let Individual Contacts Reach You When Do Not Disturb Is Turned On for All Contacts

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The Do Not Disturb function on iPhone allows you to silence all incoming calls, texts, and notifications. Here's how to bypass Do Not Disturb for individual contacts using a feature called Emergency Bypass. This allows the people designated to reach you on your iPhone even if your Do Not Disturb settings are set to silence calls and texts from everyone. Here's how you can tweak the a contact's settings to override Do Not Disturb when it’s turned on so that you’ll still hear their incoming call or text or both. 

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Here’s how to let emergency contacts reach you when Do Not Disturb is turned on:

  • Open the Contacts or Phone app. If you open the Phone app, navigate to the Contacts tab.

  • Find the contact you want to designate as an emergency contact who can reach you even when Do Not Disturb is turned on, and tap their name.

  • Tap Edit in the top right corner.

  • Scroll down and tap Ringtone.

  • Toggle on Emergency Bypass. This will allow phone calls from that person to always go through.

  • Repeat these steps for Text Tone to allow texts to bypass Do Not Disturb as well.

  • Tap Done.

Repeat these steps for every person who you want to be able to bypass Do Not Disturb, and you're all set.

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