Learning how to handle an iPhone isn’t exactly like a walk in the park if you’ve been using only Android devices until that point. However, grabbing and using a smartphone created by Apple can be one of the most pleasing experiences as soon as you understand how it works. But things can surely become confusing if you open a person’s iMessage chat thread and the ‘Contact has notifications silenced’ text label appears.
Contrary to what you may be tempted to believe in such a situation, the person in question didn’t either block or mute you. The Focus status feature, which has recently been implemented by Apple, is to blame for the message. But let’s get into more depth, shall we?
What does “Notifications silenced” mean?
Focus modes are among the newly introduced features, and they comprise various profiles of customized notification settings that allow the user to disable notifications on the iPhone based on specific criteria. In other words, Focus profiles are to blame for the appearance of the ‘Contact has notifications silenced’ prompt.
Within the Focus modes, there is the Share Focus Status feature, which has the role of informing others that one of the Focus modes is activated on your iPhone. Therefore, the ‘has notifications silenced’ message shall appear in iMessage.
The message will appear to your contacts on the iMessage app with whom, you have had a conversation. But supposing you want to get rid of the message, you need to know that this can be done a lot easier than you might think!
How to remove the ‘has notifications silenced’ message
First of all, you need to know that it’s not possible to get rid of the message if you’re seeing it for a contact. Only if the contact turns off the Focus mode the message won’t appear anymore.
How to turn off the Share Focus Status
It’s time to learn how to turn off the Share Focus Status, so feel free to pay a little attention to the steps below! In case you use iOS 16, here are the steps:
- Open the Settings menu from your iPhone device.
- Head over to Focus, and then hit the Focus status option.
- Next to the Focus profile that interests you, you have to turn off the toggle. Or, you can disable the Share Focus status that appears at the top so that the Focus status for all profiles will be disabled.
If you’re using an iPhone that runs on iOS 15, on the other hand, here’s what you need to do to disable the Share Focus Status:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Select the Focus option.
- Select the focus mode where you need to turn off the Focus status.
- Select the Focus Status and deactivate the toggle that appears on the next screen.
That’s all, congrats! But there’s more information you need to know!
How to deactivate the Focus Status for iMessage
Disabling the Focus status for each Focus at a time could be a bit frustrating. Therefore, try to disable it for iMessage directly! To do so, all you need to do is open the Settings menu from your iPhone, select Messages, and deactivate the toggle that appears next to Focus.
How to deactivate the Focus Mode
Learning how to disable the Focus Mode will automatically turn off the Focus status and make you get rid of the ‘Has notifications silenced’ message.
For iOS 16 users, they need to open the Control Center, select the currently active Focus icon, and turn it off. If you’re using iOS 15, on the other hand, open the Settings menu, select Focus, select the needed Focus mode, and deactivate it from the next screen that will appear.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about the ‘notifications silenced’ message that has made a lot of iPhone users become frustrated!
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