How to Enable/Disable Emergency Bypass in iOS 10 for Individual Contacts on iPhone

You can now enable/disable Emergency Bypass for specific contacts in iOS 10 Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad.

“Do Not Disturb” is a very useful feature in iOS, which silences calls and alerts when iPhone is locked. If you are in a meeting or don’t want to be distracted by incoming calls or random notifications, you can enable DND to remain at peace.

But, there is one problem, and you know that very well, don’t you? When DND is enabled, you will miss out important calls or alerts. That’s one the main reasons why I’m a bit hesitant about enabling this feature on my iPhone.

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How to Enable-Disable Emergency Bypass in iOS 10 for Individual Contacts on iPhone

Fortunately, Apple has solved this problem in iOS 10 by allowing you to receive sounds and vibrations from specific contacts even when Do Not Disturb is enabled on your iPhone or iPad. So, now you will not miss out important calls or alerts from your special contacts.

“There is an Emergency Bypass option dedicated to each contact in Contacts app on iOS 10. When enabled, it permits audio, and vibratory alerts from that particular contact even when Do Not Disturb is on.”

How to Enable/Disable Emergency Bypass for Specific Contacts in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Launch Contacts app on your iPhone.

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Open Contacts App on iPhone Running iOS 10

Step #2. Next up, you have to select a contact.

Select Contact from iPhone Contacts App in iOS 10

Step #3. Tap on the Edit from the top right corner.

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Tap on Edit in Contact on iPhone

Step #4. Up next, you need to tap on the Ringtone or Text Tone section on the contact card.

Tap on Ringtone in iPhone Contact

If you want to receive ringtone sound even during DND is on tap on Ringtone. Likewise, if you wish to receive sound of notifications, tap on Text Tone. You can enable both the options depending on your need.

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Step #5. Finally, toggle the switch next to Emergency Bypass.

Enable or Disable Emergency Bypass for Specific Contacts in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

That’s it! From now onwards, you will receive audio and vibratory alerts from this contact. If you ever want to disable this feature, just follow the steps as mentioned earlier and turn off the switch in the end.

Apple should have added this feature much earlier. However, it’s better late than never.

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iOS 10 has got several handy features such as Individual Read Receipts, an option to Clear All Notifications at once, close all Safari tabs at one go, etc.

What do you think of the latest iOS ecosystem? Do share your experience with us in the comment, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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