Is there a way to set up VIP Alert Notifications to allow the sound even when my iPhone is on silent? I want to be able to receive notification of VIP emails during the night, but do not want the bother of a notification from someone calling/texting me.

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As of iOS 11, you can only allow phone calls from specific contacts through a global silent mode (Do Not Disturb).

This is defined under Settings → Do Not Disturb → Allow Calls From.

There is no exception list for Emails or Messages yet, even though this feature has been requested for years.

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