How to Turn Off Notify Anyway on iPhone (2023)

Put a stop to all message notifications when using Focus.

What to Know

  • When a Focus is active, your contacts have the option to Notify Anyway when they text you, which means you'll still get a notification.
  • You can disable this option by turning off Focus Status Sharing in Settings > Focus > Focus Status.
  • You can also turn off Focus Status Sharing for specific Focus modes and contacts instead.

When texting someone who has a Focus active, you've probably noticed a message asking if you want to notify them anyway. Maybe you've even gotten an annoying notification even when you had Focus turned on. What does Notify Anyway do? Can you disable it? In this article, we'll answer these questions and show you how to turn off Notify Anyway.

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What Does Notify Anyway Mean?

If you have a Focus, such as Do Not Disturb, active and someone sends you a text message, they will see a message on their end saying that you have notifications silenced. They'll also see a button labeled Notify Anyway. If they tap this, their message will be pushed through and you'll receive a notification on your iPhone even if you have notifications silenced.

This feature is meant to make it so that others can still reach you if the situation is urgent, like in case of an emergency. However, it also leaves the door open for others to annoy you with texts when you're trying to sleep or get some work done. For more Focus-related tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, let's go over how to disable Notify Anyway.

How to Turn Off Notify Anyway

Notify Anyway is linked to your Focus Status. If you are sharing your Focus Status, you will need to turn it off. There are a couple of ways to do this. First off, you can turn off Focus Status in the Settings app:

  1. Open Settings, and tap Focus.

    Open Settings, and tap Focus.
  2. Tap Focus Status.

    Tap Focus Status.
  3. You can tap the toggle next to Share Focus Status to turn off sharing completely. If you turn this off, no one will ever know whether or not you have a Focus active, no matter which Focus. The toggle will be gray and to the left when turned off.

    You can tap the toggle next to Share Focus Status to turn off sharing completely. If you turn this off, no one will ever know whether or not you have a Focus active, no matter which Focus.
  4. Alternatively, you can turn off sharing for specific Focuses.

    Alternatively, you can turn off sharing for specific Focuses.
  5. For example, if you don't want anyone to be able to text you while you're sleeping, tap the toggle next to Sleep. The toggle will be gray and to the left when turned off.

    For example, if you don’t want anyone to be able to text you while you’re sleeping, tap the toggle next to Sleep.

Now, whenever Sleep is active, your contacts will not see the message that you have notifications silenced. However, if you do not want to turn off sharing your Focus Status completely, you can disable it for specific contacts.

How to Turn Off Notify Anyway for Specific People

If there's a specific person in your contacts who tends to abuse the Notify Anyway functionality, you can simply turn off sharing Focus Status for that person. To do that, check out our article on how to customize who sees your Focus Status in Messages. By turning off Share Focus Status with specific contacts, they will no longer know whether or not you have a Focus active and, therefore, will not be able to use Notify Anyway.

Now, if you ever find yourself getting bombarded by message notifications while in a Focus, you know how to turn off Notify Anyway. Next, find out how to make your notifications private.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.