How to Let Emergency Contacts Reach You When Do Not Disturb Is Turned On

The Do Not Disturb function on iPhone allows you to silence all incoming calls, texts, and notifications. It’s a wonderful feature that makes it easy to step away from your iPhone. But you might have certain people who you want to be able to contact you no matter what. This might be your children or other important contacts. Luckily, in iOS 10 (available September 13) you can make certain people your emergency contacts. Doing so will allow them to bypass Do Not Disturb when it’s turned on so that you’ll still hear their incoming call or text. Here’s how to let emergency contacts reach you when Do Not Disturb is turned on.

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To do this:

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

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

  • Tap Edit in the top right corner.

  • Scroll down and tap Ringtone.

  • Toggle on Emergency Bypass.

  • Tap Done.

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