Apple’s latest iPhone software update comes with an easily overlooked feature that makes accessing some contacts more intuitive and allows them to bypass the phone’s “Do Not Disturb” setting.
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Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 15, released in September, lets users designate certain contacts as favorites.
Adding people to a list organizes them into a more easily accessible section of the Phone app than the entire Contacts list.
iPhone users can access their favorites list by navigating to the Phone app and tapping the star icon at the bottom left of the screen. To add people, click the plus sign at the top left of the screen.
You will then be asked if you want to set a shortcut to text, call, or FaceTime. If you want to add all the options, you will need to add the same person multiple times to the list.
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A star will appear next to all the contacts you have added to your Favorites list.
In addition to making it easy to contact these people quickly, adding them to a favorites list lets you contact you even when the phone’s “do not disturb” mode is turned on.
Additionally, users can add favorite contacts as emergency contacts. It will do this so that your emergency contact automatically receives a message with your location whenever you trigger the phone’s “Emergency SOS” function, which also contacts authorities.
Emergency contact information will also be added to the iPhone’s special Medical ID screen, which can be accessed by emergency personnel even when your phone is locked.
To designate someone as an emergency contact, go to their name in the Contacts app and then select “Add to emergency contacts.”
Another cool feature in the latest update is the one that allows select contacts to bypass your iPhone’s silent mode, regardless of how you’ve set up your phone.
To do this, go to a contact, tap Edit and then hit the ringtone option and select “Emergency Bypass.”
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