Did you open someone’s iMessage chat thread only to be greeted by the ‘Contact has notifications silenced’ text label? Are you wondering whether the person has blocked or muted you? It’s neither of the two if it makes you happy. This message is because of the newly introduced Focus status feature. Let’s understand what is Focus Status, and how is it responsible for showing the ‘Has notifications silenced’ message on iOS. You will also learn how to turn it off.
What Is Focus Status on iOS 15
In iOS 15, Apple introduced some new features related to notifications, including the Focus modes. These Focus modes are responsible for the ‘Contact has notifications silenced’ notice.
Previously, you could stop notifications temporarily by using Do not disturb mode. You may now use Focus modes to keep your phone silent. Focus mode, which is an improved version of Do not disturb mode, comprises groups of customized notification settings that allow you to turn off notifications based on the criteria you specify. Some other Focus modes are Driving, Sleeping, Fitness, etc. Within all these Focus modes, you get the Share Focus Status feature.
Focus Status essentially adds the label to the iMessage thread indicating that one of your iPhone’s Focus modes is active. It does not, however, tell others which Focus you have activated. This setting, when enabled, is the primary cause of the iMessage message ‘Contact has notifications silenced’ on iOS.
Focus Status is enabled by default for all Focus modes and will appear in the supported apps as soon as you enable one.
Who Sees ‘Has Notifications Silenced’ Message
This label will be shown to your contacts on iMessage with whom you have had a conversation. Similarly, if other people have this label enabled on their end, you will see it for them.
How to Get Rid of ‘Has Notifications Silenced’ Message
If you are seeing this label for a contact, you cannot do anything to get rid of it. As described above, the contact has enabled Focus mode on their phone. Only once they turn off the mode, the message will disappear. But if you want to send an important or urgent message to someone having this label, you have the Notify anyway button just below this label. Tap on it to send the message even if a Focus mode is enabled on their phone.
On the other hand, if users are seeing this message in your conversation thread, you may disable it by turning off Share focus status in Focus mode or deactivating it entirely in iMessage.
1. Turn off Share Focus Status
Focus status can be enabled or disabled independently for each Focus mode. Assume you want to share the Focus status for Do Not Disturb Focus but disable it for Sleep Focus. In such a case, you must disable it within Sleep Focus, as illustrated below.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on Focus.
2. Tap on the Focus mode where you want to disable the Focus status.
3. Tap on Focus Status and turn off the toggle on the next screen.
2. Turn off Focus Status for iMesssage
Instead of disabling the Focus status for each Focus individually, you may disable it for iMessage directly.
To do so, go to Settings > Messages. Turn off the toggle next to Focus.
3. Turn off Focus Mode
Lastly, if you are not a fan of Focus modes, you should disable them. This will turn off the Focus status and remove the ‘Has notifications silenced’ message.
To turn off Focus modes, go to Settings > Focus. Tap on a Focus mode and turn it off on the next screen. Check other interesting ways to turn off Focus mode on iPhone.
If Focus mode continues to turn on automatically, check the settings under the Scheduled or Automatic section of each Focus mode. Disable any scheduled timing. Also, turn off or adjust Bedtime settings.
Fix: Focus Status Keeps Showing
If the Focus status keeps appearing in your chat threads despite trying the above methods, you should restart your phone after disabling the Focus status. If it doesn’t stop the ‘Has notifications silenced’ message, make sure to turn off the Shared Across Devices toggle under Settings > Focus. When this option is enabled, your Focus modes and status will be shared among Apple devices that use the same Apple ID.
Tip: If only one person is seeing the ‘Has notifications silenced’ message for your chat, try adding them in the allowed people list of Focus modes.
Fix: Focus Status Greyed Out
If the Share Focus status on your iPhone is not working or appears greyed out, you must enable the Share across devices setting under Settings > Focus. You must also have added the iCloud account to your iPhone and other Apple devices for this to work.
Understand iOS Notifications
Like Focus Status, you will find other intriguing notification settings on your iPhone. Check our detailed guide that explains each iOS notification setting. If you are facing trouble with iOS notifications, read our troubleshooting post to fix iPhone notifications not working.