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When you watch a movie, are in a meeting, or just feel calm, you may not want your phone to interrupt whatever you do. That is where the Do Not Disturb settings come in. They temporarily prevent conversations from getting in the way.


However, sometimes life becomes complicated. You may not want your phone to ring when someone calls, but you also don't want to miss a call from your child, spouse, best friend or pet sitter. No problem. Here you can see how you are notified of calls and text messages in Do Not Disturb mode.

Receive calls from a group of contacts

Since iOS 12, it is easy to make an exception for a group of contacts on the Do Not Disturb settings screens. To add a group:

  • Open settings
  • Tap "Do not disturb"
  • Switch Do not disturb to “on”
  • In the phone section of the screen, tap "Allow calls from"
  • You can choose to allow calls from anyone, nobody or the contacts you have selected as favorites. You can also make an exception for an existing Contacts group. (You can only create a group with iCloud on your Mac.)

Get calls from individual contacts

If there is an individual contact you want to hear from, but they are not in your favorites list, you can still make an exception to Do not disturb per person.

  • Open contacts
  • Select the item for the person you want to bypass DND
  • Tap & # 39; Edit & # 39; in the top right corner of the card
  • Scroll down to & # 39; Ringtone & # 39; and tap it
  • Set Emergency Bypass to "on" at the top of the following card. Allows calls from that person to bypass Do Not Disturb.
  • Before you press & # 39; Done & # 39; tap, stop and think for a moment. You may not want to miss a call, but if you do not want to interrupt a meeting, you may want to set a more subtle ringing tone or a warning sound for that person than your usual ringing tone.
  • You can also allow texts from an individual bypass bypass. Go back to the person's Contact card, tap & # 39; Edit & # 39; and tap & # 39; Text Tone & # 39 ;.
  • Set emergency bypass to "on".
  • There is one way in which Text Tone differs from Ring Tone: where calls require some kind of sound, you can completely turn off text alarm sounds, relying solely on vibrations to notify you. (As always, you can choose from a range of vibration patterns or create your own.)

Calls or messages from important people (even if they are not marked as Favorites) now arrive at you, whether your Do not disturb is active or not.

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