What Does Notify Anyway Mean on iPhone?

iOS updates bring new features that people discover daily, and Notify Anyway is one of them. That’s first available in iOS 15. You can enable Focus to use DND (Do not disturb) during specific hours. The Focus has different modes. You can customize them or create a new focus based on your daily routine. It allows you to manage your apps and notifications when you don’t want to hear them.

You can share your current Focus mode with other people if they have compatible apps on their phones. So let’s explore– what does Notify Anyway mean in iOS 15 or the latest version? What exactly this feature does for iPhone users?

What does Notify Anyway mean on iPhone with iOS 15 or the latest

What is Notify Anyway on iMessage?

You can use iMessage to contact your friends, but sometimes you see a message saying, “Person has notifications silenced.” No worries. You have the option to notify them.

The active Focus mode can disable or delay notifications on a compatible app and share the same status with the app. That’s how the app knows you’ve your notifications silenced and intimates your friends about it. However, you can bypass the user’s Focus mode and notification settings using the Notify Anyway option to deliver urgent messages.

What Does Notify Anyway Do?

Apple developers designed this SOS feature because they know about your urgency. So, you can use the Notify Anyway option to deliver important messages to your contacts even if they use an active Focus mode. This option is handy in emergencies when you badly need someone’s help. Your important notifications deliver through compatible apps to notify the concerned person.

When Should You Use Notify Anyway Feature?

You should pledge to use this option in emergencies only. For example, those people who use the Focus mode with various routines and automation want to stay focused on their job and don’t want to get notified about less important messages. This “do not disturb mode” helps them stay focused during busy hours. As a result, they can peacefully attend meetings or spend time with family. On the other hand, you can misuse this feature to disturb someone while they are engaged in an important task, so think twice before tapping the button.

Will Your Focus Name Be Shared?

The concerned app or contact doesn’t know which Focus mode is active on your device. They only know that you have notifications silenced, so their messages won’t deliver to you. Apple devices don’t share the Focus name. You can toggle on the Share Focus Status to show the exclusive message to your contacts.

How to Turn On Focus Mode?

You can enable the focus mode in the following way:

  1. Open iPhone’s Settings.
  2. Tap the Focus icon.
  3. Select one from Do Not Disturb, Mindfulness, Personal, Sleep, or Work.
  4. You can allow notifications from certain people or apps, customize the screen on your iPhone and Apple Watch, Set a schedule, and Focus filters for the selected Focus.
  5. Go back to the Focus page.
  6. Toggle on the Share Across Devices.
  7. Next, tap Focus Status.
  8. Toggle on the Share Focus Status.
  9. Lastly, enable options under “Share From.”

Thus, how you can enable the Focus mode across Apple products.

How to Turn Off Notify Anyway?

The Focus feature alerts other iMessage users that you’re using Focus settings, but they can tap Notify Anyway to send you their messages. Fortunately, you can turn it off.

Here are the steps to do that:

  1. Open iPhone’s Settings.
  2. Tap Focus.
  3. Scroll down to Focus Status and tap it.
  4. Toggle off the Share Focus Status.

After making changes, the Notify Anyway option won’t appear to iMessage users. So you won’t get notifications about their messages when Focus mode is active on your phone.

If you want to get a hold of someone, disabling the feature isn’t a good idea.


The Notify Anyway feature lets you deliver urgent messages to the concerned person when their notifications are silenced. Once you tap Notify Anyway, they receive messages even if the Focus mode is active on their iPhones. I hope you liked our article, don’t forget to share it with your family and friends.