The newest iOS update, iOS 15, has a feature called Notify Anyway. This feature lets you bypass other people’s notification settings in case of an emergency.
When a contact uses this feature, they will see a message that says “has notifications silenced” in their text messages. This is a helpful feature, but it can be annoying to those who have silenced notifications for their own reasons.
What does it mean?
If you’re using an Apple device, you may have come across a notification underneath messages that says, “This person has notifications silenced.” This option allows iPhone users with iOS 15 and onwards to circumvent the recipient’s notification settings. The purpose of this feature is to deliver urgent messages even if the recipient is in Focus mode or Do Not Disturb mode on their phone.
Do Not Disturb is an excellent feature on iPhones and iPads that helps reduce distractions and set boundaries to help you focus. It also lets you filter apps and notifications to help you manage the amount of information you receive.
The iOS 15 update expanded the Do Not Disturb feature to include a number of different Focus modes that can be customized to your preferences. You can use Focus modes to help you focus on specific tasks or activities, such as work, sleep, or personal time.
You can find these Focus modes through a Share Focus Status toggle on your iPhone’s Settings screen. You can toggle the switch to share your Focus mode with others, or turn it off if you don’t want anyone else to see it.
Notify Anyway on an iPhone is a great tool to use during emergencies, but it can become a distraction if you have friends who abuse the feature. The option allows you to bypass someone’s notification settings, which can be helpful for some, but it’s not ideal for others.
If a friend has enabled Do Not Disturb or any other Focus mode, they can still receive your messages as normal. However, they’ll see a message underneath your text that says, “has notifications silenced.”
This is because you’ve enabled a Focus mode on your phone that they haven’t yet turned off. They could have accidentally switched into a Focus mode and forgotten to turn it off, or they could have used a Focus mode that isn’t compatible with Do Not Disturb.
Notify Anyway is an easy way to get your messages delivered when the recipient is in Focus mode, so it’s a great feature for emergencies. You should only enable it if you know the recipient well and understand their needs.
How does it work?
When you send iMessage to someone with notifications silenced, they will get a notification that says “this person has notifications silenced”. Below this notification is a hyperlink that lets you ‘Notify Anyway’.
Notify Anyway is a handy feature that allows you to bypass an active Focus mode and deliver urgent messages to a contact. However, it is important to use this feature responsibly and only in emergency situations.
Using this option can be a lifesaver in an emergency, but it can also distract you from what you need to do. It is important to turn off Notify Anyway if you don’t want it to be a distraction, and you shouldn’t enable it if you don’t need it.
Another problem with Notify Anyway is that people who you don’t trust can abuse it. For example, they might try to use it to deliver an audible message without your permission. This can cause you to miss vital information and can also wake you up at night.
If you don’t want other iPhone users to be able to send you audible alerts, you can turn off the “Share Focus Status” feature in Settings. Once you do this, other iOS 15 users won’t be able to see your notification silenced alerts, and they won’t have the Notify Anyway option.
In addition to the ability to turn off Notify Anyway, iOS 15 also lets you disable it for a specific contact. You can do this in the contacts tab of your settings.
The focus modes in iOS 15 are designed to help you manage your notifications by adapting different profiles based on how you work and when. You can set up multiple Focus modes, each of which has its own unique routine and automation.
Once you have a Focus mode enabled, it will show up in the Focus section of Settings. When you share your Focus status, other iOS 15 users will see a banner that states “has notifications silenced” in chat apps like iMessage.
Apple’s Focus feature is an extension of Do Not Disturb mode and is a great way to manage notifications. It allows you to set up custom focus modes based on your work and routines, so that you’re only notified of the things that matter to you. It also makes it easy to set up and manage your notifications from different times of day, so you’re always alerted when you need to be.
What if I’m in Focus mode?
If you turn on Focus mode, anyone who tries to text or call you will see a message that says you’re in Focus and that notifications are silenced. They can choose to ignore this and still reach out or try contacting you in another way that won’t be muted.
That’s a serious issue, especially for people who aren’t tech-savvy enough to avoid accidentally turning on Focus mode. It happened to Vanessa Bowen, a user experience designer who specializes in design systems, and she missed an important psychiatric appointment.
Fortunately, Apple has made sure that you can avoid this by adding time-sensitive notifications to your Focus modes when you set them up. These will be sent immediately and let you know if someone is trying to contact you while you’re in Focus.
When you first turn on a Focus mode, it will ask you to add contacts and apps that can send notifications during your Focus time. Then, you can tweak these settings later to adjust your notification preferences.
You can also set up a specific list of apps to allow you to receive notifications during a Focus, so you can have helpful reminders and updates from a few key apps while avoiding distractions. You can also customize the home screen pages, dim the lock screen, and hide badge notifications to improve your Focus experience.
For example, you can create a work-related Focus that turns on automatically as soon as you get to the office so that your phone won’t distract you with those little red Twitter alerts while you’re working. You can even schedule a reading Focus that will turn on automatically when you open an ebook app or want some personal time.
To do this, navigate to Settings -> Focus and tap your desired focus. You can also enable a shareable Focus status that will notify your contacts about your focus status while you’re in it.
It’s important to note that you can share a Focus status across devices that use the same Apple ID, so if you have an iPhone and an iPad, you will need to ensure that they are both linked to your iCloud account. If you want to disable this feature, turn off the Shared Across Devices toggle under Settings -> Focus.
Will my Focus name be shared?
You can set up multiple Focus modes on your iOS device and give them different names. This is helpful for organization purposes and helps you quickly see which mode is active at any time.
It also helps you control what people are able to do when you’re in Focus. For example, you can disable incoming calls in Focus mode.
To do this, open the Settings app on your iOS device and navigate to Focus. Next, you’ll be prompted to define a new Focus mode.
After you’ve selected Custom, you can give it a name and choose an icon and color. You can even set conditions for notifications, like only allowing specific contacts or apps to contact you while in Focus mode.
Once you’ve defined your Focus, you can share it with others by enabling Share Focus Status. Then, anyone with access to the Messages app will be able to see that you’re in Focus mode and that notifications are silently disabled.
This will help your friends and family know that you’re unavailable without them being able to text or call you. You can also customize which of your contacts will be able to see that you’re not available, so that your important contacts won’t get worried.
For example, you may want to exclude your parents from a Focus routine so that they don’t get worried about your health. The same applies for other contacts that you don’t want to be notified about your Focus.
However, if you want to allow your family and friends to share Focus with you, you can do so by turning off the Share Focus Status option in their Messages conversations. This way, they’ll be unable to bypass the restriction by using the Notify Anyway feature.
You can also do this for a select group of people by turning off the Share Focus Status feature on their profiles. This way, they won’t be able to use the Notify Anyway feature on your iPhone.
You can even do this for multiple devices if you have iCloud on your phone or Mac. You can also enable two-factor authentication for your iCloud account by going to Settings > [Your name] > Password & security and tapping the Two-factor Authentication option. This way, you can protect your personal data on any Apple devices that are linked to your iCloud account.