How to make certain contacts ring on silent Android

Everyone needs some downtime and there are situations where we can’t be disturbed by countless notifications, being busy, or just not available. But there are still some contacts that we have on a shortlist and need to be always available for them. So, some users were wondering is there a way to make only certain contacts ring on silent on their Android while the rest of calls, messages, and notifications stay silent? It’s possible. But you need to use DND. Learn how below.

Can I set my phone to ring for one person?

You can but you can do it only with the Do Not Disturb mode. If you just switch to the Mute/Silent mode, you won’t be able to change settings for individual contacts. At least with the built-in options. On the other hand, if you do use Do Not Disturb, there is a way to make certain contacts ring while incoming calls and messages from other contacts remain silent on Android.

The best thing about the Do Not Disturb mode in this day and age is the plethora of available options. You can tweak it to closely fit your preferences without too much effort. This, of course, includes a list of Favorites. Here, you can put contacts that you want to be notified about (including incoming calls and messages).

Here’s how to tweak Do Not Disturb mode to make certain contacts ring on silent on your Android:

  1. Open Contacts or Phone > Contacts.
  2. Select contacts one by one and add them to Favorites. Look for the star icon, although this might differ based on the Android skin your smartphone has.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Tap Sounds or Notifications on some devices. make certain contacts ring on silent android
  5. Tap Do not disturb.
  6. Enable Do not disturb or set a schedule and open Exceptions.
  7. Set all settings to Favorite contacts only.

After that, with DND enabled, you will get only notifications from favorite contacts. Also, there are options like repeating calls that will let calls come through if the caller calls repeatedly. This can be particularly handy if someone is in dire need to reach you.

And, with that, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and tell us if this was helpful or not in the comments section below. Or reach us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Jenny
Jenny
March 10, 2022 4:18 am

I followed the directions exactly and then had one of my favorites try to call me while the phone was on “do not disturb” and the phone did NOT ring. I am trying to get this set up as I work at night and sleep during the day so am trying to get certain numbers to be allowed to wake me up.

Hairy Pouter
Hairy Pouter
May 17, 2022 9:04 pm
Reply to  Jenny

I had the same problem, my phone did not ring

Paul
Paul
May 21, 2022 11:29 pm
Reply to  Jenny

Is that not what the alarm is for?