We’ve been using the Do Not Disturb function on our iPhones since iOS 6, really, as the feature really helps us have some down time. You can schedule or enable the feature for easy access, keeping those pesky calls, messages, and notifications off your iPhone screen when you just don’t have the brain space to deal.
But what about those calls and messages you really do need to get? What do you do there? Luckily, there are a couple of options to let certain calls come through.
First, tap into your Settings app and then tap on Do Not Disturb.
Next, tap on the Allow Calls From area, and choose From your options there. You can choose to get calls from Everyone (why bother?), No One (my favorite), or Favorites (defined in your Contacts app). You can also choose certain groups to let through the Do Not Disturb firewall, like Family, iPhone, or Work contact groups.
The other way to let callers get through in an emergency is to tell your iPhone to let calls through if they come from the same number twice in a row.
Tap on Settings, Do Not Disturb, and then toggle Repeated Calls to ON. Now when your mom calls you twice in a row (because she’s just like that, ok?), your iPhone will helpfully let her ring through your Do Not Disturb settings. This is also useful for emergency calls from significant others, babysitters, and the like.
Now you can rest a bit better, knowing that the emergency calls will get through, whether from one of your specially defined contact groups, or because they called you twice in a panic.