How to Silence Text Notifications for One Person on iPhone 12: A Step-by-Step Guide

Mute Text Notifications for a Single Contact on iPhone 12

Silencing text notifications for one person on your iPhone 12 can be done in a few simple steps. Whether you’re in a meeting, at the movies, or just need a break from constant pings, this feature is incredibly useful. By the end of this quick overview, you’ll know how to mute notifications without affecting your other contacts.

After completing the action, you won’t receive any notification sounds, vibrations, or banners from the muted contact. However, you’ll still receive their messages, and they’ll appear in your message list as usual. It’s a discreet way to manage your communication without missing important texts.

Step by Step Tutorial: Silencing Text Notifications for One Person on iPhone 12

Before we dive into the steps, let’s clarify what we’re about to do. By following these instructions, you will stop receiving audible and visual alerts for new messages from a specific contact, but you can still see the messages when you open your Messages app.

Step 1: Open the Messages app

Launch your Messages app where you usually see all your text conversations.

Here, you will find the list of people you’ve texted. This step is necessary because you need to access the specific conversation thread of the person whose notifications you want to mute.

Step 2: Select the conversation with the person

Tap on the conversation thread of the person you want to mute.

Make sure you’re in the right conversation thread to not accidentally mute someone else.

Step 3: Tap on the contact’s name at the top of the screen

By tapping on the contact’s name, you’ll bring up their contact details and more options.

This step is crucial because it leads you to the settings that control the notifications for this specific person.

Step 4: Tap on ‘info’

You’ll see an “info” button or an “i” icon next to the contact’s name. Tap on it.

This step will take you to a screen where you can manage several aspects of your interaction with the contact.

Step 5: Enable ‘Hide Alerts’

You’ll find a toggle switch for “Hide Alerts” – turn this on to mute notifications.

Once this is enabled, you will not get any alerts for new messages from this person, but you can still receive and read their messages anytime.

Tips for Silencing Text Notifications for One Person on iPhone 12

  • If you’re part of a group message, you can also mute notifications for the entire group by following the same steps.
  • Even with alerts hidden, the messages will still be marked as delivered, and you can view them anytime.
  • Remember to turn off “Hide Alerts” when you’re ready to receive notifications from the person again.
  • If you change your mind immediately after muting, just follow the steps backward to unmute the contact.
  • The muted contact won’t know that their notifications have been silenced, so don’t worry about offending anyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the person know I muted their notifications?

No, the person will not be notified or aware that you have muted their text notifications.

Can I still see the messages from a muted contact?

Yes, you can still see the messages. They will appear in your message list, but without alerting you.

How do I unmute a person’s notifications?

Follow the same steps and toggle off “Hide Alerts” in the contact’s details.

Can I mute notifications for an unknown number?

Yes, you can mute notifications by opening the conversation with the unknown number and following the same steps.

Does muting notifications affect my ability to receive calls from that person?

No, muting notifications only affects text notifications. You will still receive calls as usual.


  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select the conversation of the person to mute.
  3. Tap on the contact’s name.
  4. Tap on ‘info’.
  5. Enable ‘Hide Alerts’.


Muting text notifications for one person on your iPhone 12 is a breeze, isn’t it? It’s a handy feature that gives you control over who can grab your attention with a message and when. Whether it’s a chatty friend who texts at all hours, a colleague who always seems to have a question, or an overly eager group chat, silencing notifications allows you to focus on what’s in front of you without completely cutting off communication.

Remember, the messages from the muted contact will still be waiting for you when you’re ready to read them. So, take back your time and silence those pings when needed. And if you’re worried about missing an emergency, you can always tell your close contacts to call instead of text if something urgent comes up.

In today’s world, where everyone and everything is fighting for our attention, knowing how to manage your iPhone notifications is an essential skill. So, go ahead and enjoy some peace and quiet from your iPhone 12 without the need to turn off your phone or put it on Do Not Disturb. After all, technology should work for you, not the other way around.

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