How to Set Emergency Bypass on iPhone

If you would like to allow certain people to call, FaceTime, or message you when you have enabled Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, activate your iPhone’s Emergency Bypass option for those people.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
July 19, 2022

If you would like to allow certain people to call, FaceTime, or message you when you have enabled Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, activate your iPhone’s Emergency Bypass option for those people. Let’s explore how to do just that.

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

Enable Emergency Bypass for Phone and FaceTime Calls

To allow people to get through your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, first, launch the Contacts app on your phone.

Next, in the Contacts app, find and select the person you want to bypass. On the contact page, in the top right-hand corner, tap Edit. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a contact to edit

Now, on the Edit screen, scroll down and choose Ringtone. See the below image:

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Selecting the Ringtone option

Next, on the Ringtone page, at the top, toggle to ON the Emergency Bypass option. Then, at the top right-hand corner, tap Done. See the following image:

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Turning Emergency Bypass to ON

Note!, To disable the feature, turn off the “Emergency Bypass” option.

Now, your selected person will now be able to make regular, and FaceTime calls with you even when you have chosen not to be disturbed.

Enable Emergency Bypass for Text Messages on iPhone

If you want certain people to send you text messages when you have Do Not Disturb (DND) turned on, first, launch the Contacts app on your iPhone. Then find and tap your contact.

Next, on the Contact page, in the top right-hand corner, tap Edit. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a contact to edit

Now, on the Edit page, scroll down and tap Text Tone. See the below image:

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Selecting the Text Tone option

Next, on the Text Tone page, at the top, toggle to ON the Emergency Bypass option. Then save your changes by tapping Done in the top right-hand corner. See the following image:

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Turning Emergency Bypass to ON

Note!, To disable the feature, turn off the “Emergency Bypass” option.

Now, your iPhone will now allow text messages from your selected contact whether you have or have not enabled Do Not Disturb (DND) mode.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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