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In iOS 10, each individual contact in the Contacts app now has a dedicated switch, called Emergency Bypass, which overrides the Do Not Disturb feature for that person. This handy new feature lets you permit audio and vibratory alerts from a specific person in your Contacts even when Do Not Disturb is enabled globally in your device’s Settings app.

iOS currently supports enabling Do Not Disturb mode globally and for individual chats in Messages, so this marks the first time the feature has been made available on a per-contact basis. Check out how Emergency Bypass works and tell us how you liked, or didn’t like it in the comment section.

Emergency Bypass isn’t as straightforward as one would expect.

You must first launch Contacts, select a person and then tap the Edit button to enter the contact editing mode. Next, tap Ringtone or Text Tone section on the contact card.

On the next screen, you should see a switch called Emergency Bypass.

“Emergency Bypass allows sounds and vibrations from this person even when Do Not Disturb is on,” reads the feature’s description.

Hat tip goes to iDownloadBlog reader C. R.

What’s your take on Emergency Bypass, will you be using it when iOS 10 releases this fall, and if not, why?

  • Just made important contacts “Favorite” and turned on function “disable Do not disturb for favorite contacts”

    • :D

      Yeah same it works fine for me
      I think it’s only for calls though not for texts

      • Qdog915

        There is a switch under ringtones and text tones for each person.

    • Naghma Husain

      The problem is, these calls are still coming through when the physical switch is turned off. (The one on the side that shows orange.)

  • ScooterComputer

    When you turn this on, it doesn’t add these users to a new Group, does it? Changing anything set in the Settings>Do Not Disturb>Allow Calls From setting?

    • Sohail Wahab

      Post a screenshot

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    This is Tim’s actual phone no.?

  • Chris R

    Totally agree!!!! Show stopper! I was in a meeting yesterday and my phone started ringing I was like, “What?!!” I thought I put my phone on vibrate! LOL

  • Blaze Burkenstock


  • I concur. This is the first time one has made that clear – that it also bypasses the physical OFF switch on the side of the phone. So that is in fact true – the physical switch to OFF (orange showing) is also bypassed? That would indeed be a deal breaker – for example, when I am in court, I can’t have the phone make any sounds whatsoever. But it would still be helpful when, for example, I don’t want to be woken up by anyone except one (or two or however many) person/contact that I expect may need me for an emergency or the like. But that brings us back to the VIP caller bypass exceptions, right? In other words, for years we’ve been able to allow calls from certain people/groups when DND is on.

    • Nicson Acebedo

      Do you guys have any idea how we can bring this matter up to Apple? I’m pretty sure there are thousands out there like us needing this feature to be fixed. At least they can add the changes to the next minor updatea if possible. That would be amazing if they can do that.

  • Mitchell Earl

    10.3 beta has been allowing random calls through when DND is turned on, 3 ring override is disabled and the people are not in my favorites or contacts. It’s happening at least 3 to 4 times a week.