3/22/17
8:38 am

Bypass iPhone Do Not Disturb

If you use the iPhone's Do Not Disturb function, it can be important to let some people contact you even with Do Not Disturb turned on. Even if you are not using it, or only occasionally use it, you may want to set some contacts so they can contact you at any time in case of an emergency.

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The Do Not Disturb function on the iPhone is becoming the standard default for most people. You can get to it by going into Settings and then it's one of the main topics there. You can see it under Notifications, Control Center, and there's Do Not Disturb.

The idea is that you have it on a schedule where Do Not Disturb turns on at night. So if you get a phone call, text message, or alerts from all sorts of apps in the middle of the night it's not going to make noise and wake you up. So this is very useful and I think most people probably use it at this point. But you do want to allow emergency phone calls to come through and there are a whole bunch of different ways to do that. Some of the ways are right here in the Settings.

So first you've got Allow Calls From. You can see that right there in the middle and you can see you can set it to Everyone, which basically is turning off Do Not Disturb but just for phone calls. Then you can set it to No One or Favorites. So only people that are favorited, you know in the phone app you can favorite somebody and you've got a list of your favorite contacts. So those people will ring through but everybody else won't.

Then you've also got Groups. Now Groups are a little complex because you have to set them up on your Mac. You can't create Groups on the iPhone. But if you have setup some on your Mac and saved them in Contacts then iCloud can sync them over and you can, of course, select specific Groups. This is very useful if say you're on call for emergency stuff at work like a hospital or IT department or something like that you can setup some numbers in a Group and then those will ring through in the middle of the night.

You have some other options as well. You can see Repeated Calls is another option there. When the same person calls within three minutes, the second time it will come through. So you can tell people they can get to you in the middle of the night if they call twice.

There are some other ways to do it as well. So if you go into the Contacts app on your iPhone you can't, of course, create Groups which would be useful. But you can go into an individual contact, like I am here, and then if you go to Edit and then look at Ringtone. So there's the Ringtone. It says Default. I'm going to tap that and you can see that there's a setting for Emergency Bypass. So you can, for an individual contact, turn on this Emergency Bypass. That will allow them to come through.

Now also you can do that for the Text Tone here. So Text Tone and you can see there's Emergency Bypass as well. So this is very useful if you need to let somebody at work be able to get through your Do Not Disturb maybe just to text you. This is where you can do it and you can set this up and turn it on and off just as easily. So you can so it on a temporary basis like for a weekend or a couple of days or just even one night. You can create an Emergency Bypass for that person and then know that they can get through to you even if you have Do Not Disturb turned on.

Comments: One Response to “Bypass iPhone Do Not Disturb”

    William Middlehurst
    3/24/17 @ 4:37 am

    Brilliant never known you could do this, thanks Gary you do some amazing tutorials

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