We wear a lot of hats throughout the day, and so do our gadgets. While you’re working, you don’t want to be distracted from what you’re doing by constant notifications and reminders popping up on your phone. iPhone. At home, you turn off your work updates to stay in the moment with your family. We also use a different set of apps depending on where we are. With the Focus tool on your iPhone, iPad and MacBookyour devices can automatically adapt to these different roles.
Think of Focus as a customizable Do Not Disturb mode. You can create as many Focus profiles as you want, one for each activity, such as work, play, gym, etc. You can customize each profile to define who can contact you when active and which apps are available on the home screen. Here’s how to use Focus on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Set up Focus profiles on iPhone and iPad
To set up a new Focus profile on your iPhone or iPad, first make sure it’s running the latest version iOS 15 Where iPadOS 15 updates. You can check for updates from Settings > General > Software Update.
Then go to Settings > Focus. Your device will already be preconfigured with four profiles. You can either change them to your preference or tap the plus button in the top right corner.
Create a new Focus profile on iPhone and iPad
If you choose the plus option, you are prompted to name the profile in the next step. Tap ‘Custom’ to create a Focus profile from scratch or choose from a handful of existing presets for activities like ‘Games’ and ‘Reading’. These presets are already tailored to what you might use them for, and they can even activate automatically based on certain actions. “Fitness” mode, for example, kicks in when you start a workout on Apple Fitness+.
For this tutorial, we will create a new Focus profile. So select the “Custom” option under the plus button and on the next page give it a title. You also need to attach a tile to it, which will appear on your device’s status bar to let you know the mode is active. Press “Next” to continue.
After that, you can select the people from whom you want to receive notifications when this focus is activated. This feature is primarily for messaging apps that support iOS 15. Allow a contact in profile with “Add” option and tap “Remove All” to turn off alerts for everyone. Besides SMS, you can specify who can call you in this mode with the “Calls from” menu. Press the “Allow” button to save your preferences.
Next, you need to configure how your profile handles all app notifications. Add the apps that can notify you in this profile with the “Add” button. If you don’t want any notifications, tap “Delete All”. At the bottom, the “Time Sensitive” toggle lets you mark time-sensitive notifications, such as reminders, as an exception. Other alerts are disabled and you have the option to check them once you leave this Focus profile. Proceed to create the new Focus profile.
Customize a Focus profile on iPhone and iPad
Now that you have the essentials for your Focus profile, you can customize it in several ways in the “Options” section.
When you turn on “Focus Status,” your device lets people who aren’t on your allowed contact list know that your notifications are muted on compatible apps like iMessage. From the “home screen”, you can choose which pages display when this profile is activated and whether the icons display notification badges.
Activate and schedule a Focus profile on iPhone and iPad
There are two methods to activate a Focus profile: you can either automate it or manually activate it yourself. For the latter, pull down the control center, tap and hold the “Do not disturb” tile, and tap your profile name.
To configure a Focus profile to activate automatically, go to Settings > Focus > [Profile Name], and head to “Add a schedule or automation”. You can activate it at a specific time, when you are in a place or when you open an application. Alternatively, you can activate “Smart Activation”, in which your device activates the Focus profile based on your habits.
Set up Focus profiles on Mac
Editor’s note: At the time of writing, Focus was only available on macOS Monterey beta version. You can install it on your Mac immediately or wait a few weeks for Apple to release it for everyone.
Focus can also keep distractions at bay on macOS. You can sync your profiles from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac with the “Share Across Devices” toggle under Settings > Focus or create a new one just for your computer.
Go to System Preferences > Notifications & Focus on your Mac and navigate to the “Focus” tab.
Click the plus button in the lower left corner to create a new Focus profile and select “Custom”. Similar to how you can on an iPhone or iPad, you can choose who and which apps can notify you during a Focus. You can allow people or apps with the plus button under the “Notification allowed from” section.
Focus on Mac can also activate automatically based on time, location, or when an app is launched. Configure this with the plus button below the “Enable automatically” box. To activate a Focus manually, click on the Control Center button in the menu bar, then select “Focus”.