How to Exclude Specific Apps from Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Last Updated on 14/11/2022

How to Exclude Specific Apps from Do Not Disturb on iPhone

Its Do Not Disturb feature on the iPhone is a great method to eliminate annoying interruptions when you’re working, watching the theater, or spending time at home with family. If DND is turned on it means that all messages, calls and notifications are sent in a quiet manner and the iPhone’s display does not light up. Do Not Disturb is a feature that affects all apps running that are installed on an iOS device, but it is possible to allow calls from your preferred contacts. Alarms are a exception however, as they continue to sound even when DND mode is in use.

Up to iOS 14 was released, there was no option to disable Do Not Disturb mode for specific applications for iPhone or iPad. There was a choice of all applications or no apps that had DND disabled. This was an issue when you need to switch people from DND. Not Disturb. For example, you’d like to get notifications from certain applications like Slack and Zoom however they’re not the only ones.

However, this is changing thanks to the release of Focus iOS 15 which comes with a sophisticated Do Not Disturb mode. In iOS 15 you can allow certain apps to notify you in Do Not Disturb. This lets an app bypass Do Not Disturb in your iPhone. Alongside applications, it is possible to also allow certain contacts to send you notifications in the event of DND.

Let’s look at how you can block certain applications from the Do Not Disturb on iOS 15 on iPhone.

How do you get around Do Not Disturb on certain applications on the iPhone

Requirement: iOS 15 beta or later

  1. Navigate to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb.
  2. If you are on Do Not Disturb, click on the Applications section on the top right.
  3. Click on”Apps” and click on the “Apps” tab and tap the + Add App option.
  4. Choose all apps that you wish to block in Do Not Disturb then then tap Done.

That’s it. The apps on the list of allowed apps will be able to get around Do Not Disturb.

How do I turn off Do Not Disturb on individual contacts on the iPhone

In addition to whitelisting specific apps, you can also turn off Do Not Disturb on one contact on iOS 15. In the past, you could enable”Emergency Bypass” to enable the “Emergency Bypass” option to receive messages and calls from specific contacts when using DND mode. Happily, iOS 15 adds the option to block specific contacts from DND.

To set exceptions for specific contacts in the time of Do Not Do Not iPhone,

  1. Head to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Click to open the people section on the upper right.
  3. Click on the “People” tab and then select on the +Add Contact option.
  4. Choose all the contacts you wish to disable Do Not Disturb for , and then tap Done.

All of your contacts on the list of allowed contacts will be able to contact you in the event that you turn on Do Not Disturb is on.

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How do I turn off Do Not Disturb on iOS 15

  1. Tap the top-right corner part of your screen and you will launch Control Center. Control Center.
  2. Press on the focus Control (or press long) followed by tapping on the “Do Not Disturb” button.
  3. Optional 3 dots menu right next to Do Not Disturb to turn it on for one hour or until the next morning.
  4. You can also set up Do Not Disturb mode to come off automatically at the set time.

An icon of a crescent moon will be displayed at the top left of the status bar as well as in the lock screen, which indicates that DND mode is in effect.

To disable Do Not Disturb just press the crescent moon symbol within the Control Center. Touch and hold Moon’s icon in the Lock screen, then press “Do Not Disturb” to disable it.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Check out the iOS 15 section for more useful tricks.


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Bert Hoxton

Bert Hoxton