Family Emerency? | is your phone in Sleep Mode?

Updated on 26-01-2021

Sleep Mode

So today (07-10-2016) my son was in a 70mph car accident, he lost control of his car and careered into the central reservation before then hitting the barrier on the left side of the carriage way. Don’t worry nobody was injured and no other cars were involved. Although his car will not be road worthy for some time if ever.

As a parent I feel particularly bad for him and the fact this happened to him but I’m grateful he walked away uninjured. But the main reason I feel so bad is knowing that immediately after the accident he spent 15 minutes on his own trapped in his car trying to phone his family. It was 8 am in the morning, my  Samsung S6 Edge was still on “Sleep Mode” so ringing me literally fell on deaf ears. 

The worst thing is that I know better. There is no reason to have my phone unable to receive emergency calls whilst it is on sleep mode.  Its just laziness I guess for not setting my phone up properly. 

I’m guessing I’m not the only one so if you have an Android phone too and you’ve not enabled Do Not Disturb Exceptions then here is how to set this up. Please note the location of the settings may vary depending on device or model.

  1. Go to Settings and search for: “Do Not Disturb” (Usually under “Sounds and Settings or under “Notifications”)
  2. Enable Do not Disturb, and if you want you can “Enable as Schedule” and set your schedule
  3. Go to Allow Exceptions > and choose “Custom”
  4. Enable “Alarms” else you won’t hear your alarms 
  5. You can enable “allow repeat callers” so anyone who calls more then once within 15 mins
  6. Enable “calls from” and “Messages from”
  7. Set these to “favourite contacts only”
  8. Now go to your contacts and choose which contacts you want to make favourites
  9. on my Android a favourite contact can be enabled by clicking on the star so it changes from outline to solid yellow
  10. Your DND exceptions are now set up
  11. If you use other Sleep mode profiles you will need to ensure that “sound” is set to “on under the sleep mode settings and set the volume to the required percentage.

A simple 5 minute job ensures your close family can contact you when they need to.