Enabling Emergency Bypass on iPhone

Have Your iPhone Ring Aloud Even When Silenced for People You Designate.


The Emergency Bypass feature (iOS 10 and higher) allows for call and text notifications from the important people in your life to sound aloud regardless if your iPhone is in silent or Do Not Disturb mode. It works the same as the Emergency Contact designation in the Medical ID section of the Health app.

Before You Start
Note: you can designate as many people as you like for Emergency Bypass, but I encourage you to keep the group as small as possible and more importantly, assign it to people that would only call or text in an emergency. Otherwise, you may find your phone sounding alerts more often than appropriate. For example, you wouldn’t want to have it on for your teen who may contact you often (we should all be so lucky). But you may want to enable Emergency Bypass on THEIR phone to ensure you can reach them.

For a refresher on how to manage call alerts from those people who are important and contact you frequently and may be trying to reach you urgently, see Do Not Disturb.

Designating a Contact for Emergency Bypass

  1. Open the Contacts app on your iPhone.
  2. Find a contact that you want to designate for Emergency Bypass.
  3. Touch Edit in the upper right corner.
  4. Scroll down to the “Ringtone” section.
  5. Touch the name of the ringtone (in blue text, usually it is “Default.”)
  6. On the next screen, turn the Emergency Bypass switch to on (green).

Tomorrow, I’ll walk you through a related topic: designating Favorites in the Phone app.