How to Enable Emergency Bypass on iPhone

If you want to allow certain people to call, FaceTime, or message you when you’ve turned on Do Not Disturb mode, turn on your iPhone’s emergency bypass option for those people. We’ll show you how to do just that.

When you enable Emergency Bypass for a specific contact, they can reach you even when you are in DND mode. You can enable this feature for phone and FaceTime calls and text messages separately.

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Enable Emergency Bypass for Phone Calls and FaceTime on iPhone

To allow people to DND on your iPhone, first launch the Contacts app on your phone.

In the Contacts app, find and select the person you want to whitelist. On the contact page, in the upper right corner, tap “Edit”.

To select

On the edit screen, scroll down a bit and choose “Ringtone“.

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On the “Ringtone” page, at the top, enable the “Emergency Bypass” option. Then, in the upper right corner, tap on “Done”.

Point: Later, to disable the feature, disable the “Emergency Bypass” option.

To permit

And that’s all. The person you selected will now be able to make regular and FaceTime calls with you, even if you chose not to be disturbed.

Enable Emergency Bypass for Text Messages on iPhone

If you want certain people to text you when you’re in DND mode, first launch the Contacts app on your iPhone. Next, find and tap your contact.

On the contact page, in the upper right corner, tap “Edit”.

To select

Scroll down the edit page a bit and tap on “Text Tone”.

To select

On the “Text Tone” page, at the top, enable the “Emergency Bypass” option. Then save your changes by tapping “Done” in the upper right corner.

Point: In the future, to disable the feature, simply disable the “Emergency Bypass” option.

Enable

Your iPhone will now allow text messages from your selected contact, whether or not you have enabled Do Not Disturb mode. You are ready.


Want to start receiving calls and messages from your blocked contacts? If so, you will need to unblock those contacts first. Check out our guide on how to do just that.

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