iOS 10 tidbit: Emergency Bypass overrides Do Not Disturb on a per-contact basis

By , Jun 23, 2016

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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?

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  • 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.

  • 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