In iOS 10, Apple introduced a new feature called Emergency Bypass. The new feature will alert you of incoming calls and text messages from a specific contact even when you have enabled Do Not Disturb or put your iPhone in silent mode.
For some background, Do Not Disturb mode has been around for a while. Once enabled, it will silence all your calls, notifications and messages you receive. This is one of my favorite features on iOS 10, as it keeps my iPhone silent while in the meeting or in class. However, this means that you may miss out on your important alerts or messages.
Basically, once you have enabled Emergency Bypass on your device, it will activate sounds and vibrations for notifications or alerts you receive from your favorite contacts on your device while Do Not Disturb is still turned on.
If you are new to iOS 10, you may struggling to locate Emergency Bypass feature, as it is located deep down within Contacts. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.
In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to enable Emergency Bypass for a specific contact on your iPhone.
Steps to enable Emergency Bypass for a contact on your iPhone
Step one: First and foremost, you need to open the Phone app from your home screen and head to the Contacts tab
Step two: Once you are in, all you need to do is to open the contact you want to enable Emergency Bypass for
Step three: Next up, you are supposed to tap on the Edit button located in the top right corner of the screen
Step four: Tap on Ringtone if you want all calls from that contact to come through. Tap on Text Tone to enable vibrations and sounds when texts from that contact come in
Step five: You are now supposed to tap on the toggle next to Emergency Bypass to enable the feature
That’s it! From now on, you will receive calls and texts from that contact even if you have enabled Do Not Disturb or silent mode.
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