The new Focus Mode in iOS 15 is Apple’s way of making Do Not Disturb Mode better and more functional. Apple has made certain improvisation to the good old DND mode to make and added a couple of new features like creating filters for calls and messages, setting auto-reply to let people know you aren’t available along with several other customisations and automation.
The idea here is to bring more control to users by giving them the flexibility to set up their own DND, the way they want.
Let’s dig in and see how to set up Focus mode and how it works. Also note that the Focus mode also works for Mac, Watch and iPad.
How to get started with Focus mode in iOS15
On your iPhone or iPad running iOS15, head to the Settings app, scroll down to the Focus option. Here you’ll see some preset options — Do Not Disturb, Driving, Sleep, Personal and Work along with a ‘+’ button at the top right to create custom Focus modes. Then you’ll find the option Share Across Devices. Below that you’ll find the option — Focus Status and Phone Calls, which allows you to control which apps can access Focus mode and manage calls when Focus mode is enabled.
Tap on the ‘+’ button at the top right, you’ll find Custom, Fitness, Gaming, Mindfulness and Reading. Which you can add to the Focus mode list and customise them as well.
Creating a custom Focus mode
More customisation options
Apart from all the customisations mentioned above, you can also choose whether you want to see notification badges on the home screen or see notifications on the lock screen.
Scheduling Focus Mode based on Time, Location and app
Another good feature of Focus Mode is that you can choose to enable it automatically based on time, location and app. There’s a Smart Activation feature as well. The Smart Activation feature automatically turns on the Focus mode at relevant times throughout the day based on signals like location, app usages and more.
To do this, open the particular Focus mode for which you want to enable this feature and tap on ‘Add Schedule or Automation button. If you want to enable a Focus mode based on Time tap on Time option, for Location, tap Location option and for App, tap on the App option and choose the app.
How to delete a Focus mode
Head to Settings -> Focus -> Tap on the Focus you want to delete -> Scroll down and tap on the Delete Focus button.
How does Focus mode work and synchronise across all compatible Apple devices
The Focus feature is available for all the Apple devices running iOS 15, iPad OS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS Montenery. Once a Focus mode is enabled on any device, let’s take iPhone, with the Share Across Devices option turned on, it will automatically enable the feature on other devices linked to the same Apple ID.
Functionality is pretty simple. Apple asks you to make particular selections like choose the people you want to allow, select apps from which you want to receive notifications and that’s pretty much it. The Focus mode is ready and will only disturb you when you receive something from the set guidelines.
The preset modes too have the option to customise. Let’s take the Driving mode for now. Apple has already customised the mode best suited for driving but, you can still customise to an extent where you can choose how and when to enable the Driving mode. You can choose what all you want to allow and what you don’t want to.