Today I got a - sounding almost desperate - question from a reader:
How can I create contact groups in my iPhone 6s and switch off a "work" group, for example.
So that I am not disturbed by messages and calls from work on my vacation?
But I don't want to turn off the whole iPhone because I also use it privately.
I would appreciate a quick answer.
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there are no settings for groups on the iPhone. I just checked my iPhone and I can't “mute” a whole group. Actually, there aren't even any settings for groups if I've seen it correctly.
What could be used as a recommendable alternative is the "Please do not disturb" function (or "do not disturb" in English menus), in which you can completely mute your iPhone, but still give favorites the right to use this function to "break through". For example, you get the busy signal the first time you call if an iPhone user has activated this function. But if I call again within two minutes, the iPhone passes me through and the doorbell rings.
In your case, for example, you could mark all your private contacts as "favorites", while the work contacts do not become favorites. The favorites can then continue to call and send messages while the contacts are blocked from work.
I use the "do not disturb" system time-controlled so that, for example, before 8 a.m. and after 22 p.m. I only receive calls and messages from selected people. But you can still see all messages when the iPhone is unlocked and you are doing something on it anyway.
I think this is a good function to have a bit of rest on vacation!
In any case, I wish you a relaxing and wonderful vacation, if it is still coming!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.