sometimes it’s hard Focus. When you have a dizzying number of screens floating around, they can be more of a distraction than helpful. But if some of these screens are running one of the newer versions of Apple’s operating systems (iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS Monterey), there is a tool to make things easier.
It’s called Focus, and it lets you create different profiles to not only control which notifications are allowed to interrupt you (if any), but also rearrange the home screen to fit what you need at the moment. All your business applications need to be front and center from 9am to 5pm, and only messages from colleagues? Customize and enable Work Focus! What about zero discomfort while sleeping? Go for the Sleep Focus.
Here we will walk you through the steps on how to make a custom Focus.
How to Achieve Focus
First you need iOS 15 on your iPhone, iPadOS 15 on your iPad, watchOS 8 on your Apple Watch, or macOS Monterey on your Mac. (The latter is still in beta.) If you haven’t installed these versions, here are our instructions with details on many other new features. You should also back up your device before updating.
You can create up to 10 Focus profiles. All of them are accessible from the Control Center, which you can access on modern iPhones and iPads by swiping down from the top-right corner. On earlier models (i.e. anything without Face ID), swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On Macs, the Control Center is in the menu bar (toggle icon), and on Apple Watch you just swipe up from the bottom. It is a half moon symbol. You can also go Settings > Focus on iPhones and iPads or System Preferences > Notifications & Focus on Macs. Focus on Macs and Apple Watches is slightly lower than what you get on iOS and iPadOS because it doesn’t change your desktop’s layout or watch face in any way.
An important point: When you turn on a Focus, your Focus Status is visible to your contacts. This acts similarly to a situation in messaging apps; If the app supports it and you’ve given permission, your contacts can see that you’ve muted notifications, even though they can’t see your Focus’s name. You can turn this sharing feature off for any Focus by tapping on it in the settings menu. Focus Status and pressing the toggle button.
If you have multiple Apple devices, your Focus syncs across all of them, so you don’t have to make new ones for each gadget. And if you turn on a Focus on your iPhone, it will open on all other devices, but you can turn it off by going to: Settings > Focus > and closing the SRabbit Between Devices.
Open Control Center, tap . Focus, and you will be greeted with Do not bother, Work, Sleep, and Personal. These are all presets you can configure, but you can delete the last three if you want to create a profile from scratch. Tap the three dots button next to each and Settings use the “+” icon at the bottom to configure them or to create a new Focus.
A Focus has three main components: notifications, home or lock screen customization, and scheduling. With Each Focus you can allow calls and messages from specific people and still choose any app you want to receive alerts from. Then you can choose to turn the entire home screen into a custom page with specific apps and widgets to fit the Focus, as well as dim or hide notifications from the lock screen. Finally, you can schedule a Focus to turn on automatically or trigger when you reach a certain location or open an app.