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How to Allow Specific Contacts to Bypass “Do Not Disturb” in iOS

Saikat Basu 19-06-2017

There are a few ways to stop your iPhone from distracting you at home or at work: you can use Airplane Mode or you can enable the more flexible Do Not Disturb.


With Do Not Disturb, you can silence calls, messages, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. The quickest way to set up Do Not Disturb is from the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. Then, click the icon that resembles a moon.

How to Allow Specific Contacts to Bypass "Do Not Disturb" in iOS Do Not Disturb

But did you know that Do Not Disturb isn’t only about disallowing people from reaching you? It can also be about the helping the right people reach you at the right time. With one touch, you can allow your favorite contact or a specific contact group to bypass Do Not Disturb and reach you.

Try This for Your Favorite Contacts

The setting can be accessed from the Favorite Contacts list. Go to the contact name in the Favorites list and their detail page (click the “i”) whom you want to allow through the Do Not Disturb barrier.

Now, click on Edit at the top right of the Detail screen.


How to Allow Specific Contacts to Bypass "Do Not Disturb" in iOS DND Edit

Click on the right arrow next to Ringtone.

How to Allow Specific Contacts to Bypass "Do Not Disturb" in iOS DND Ringtone

Enable the Emergency Bypass toggle button. Now all calls from this contact will come through despite the universal Do Not Disturb setting on your iPhone.

How to Allow Specific Contacts to Bypass "Do Not Disturb" in iOS Emergency Bypass


  • You can enable calls and messages from all your favorites or a specific contact group stored on your phone or on iCloud.
  • You can enable messages to come through by going to Text Tone and similarly enabling the Emergency Bypass button.

Stop the Noise With Do Not Disturb

If you want to master your focus How to Do More in a Day by Blocking Mobile Distractions When you're trying to concentrate, distractions are a nightmare. It's time to block distractions and get things done with some free apps for Android and iOS. Read More , then spend five minutes in the Do Not Disturb settings on your iPhone.

When you don’t want to be disturbed at a specific time, you can set a schedule. Tap Settings > Do Not Disturb > Turn on Scheduled > Then set a time. You can also turn on Repeated Calls. This allows someone who calls you twice within three minutes to get through.

Do you use Do Not Disturb proactively? How does it help you? And compare Android’s feature with iOS for us!

Image Credit: Alex Holyoake via Flickr

Related topics: Do Not Disturb, Focus, iPhone, Notification, Productivity.

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