How to use the Focus feature on iOS 15

With the new notifications of iOS 15, Apple wants to help users have fewer distractions during the day thanks to the Focus function, which allows you to set filters for notifications, calls and messages. Here’s how it works and how to set it up on iOS 15.

Focus is an evolution of Do Not Disturb and offers more flexibility and control to the user. The new Focus feature filters notifications and apps based on the content the user wants to focus on. To do this, you can choose to customize the Concentration function or opt for the settings suggested by the device, which thanks to the on-device intelligence suggests which people and which apps can continue to send notifications.

I Concentration suggestions they are based on the user’s habits, for example hours of work or moments of relaxation before going to sleep. If the user has multiple Apple devices, just set the function to just one to apply the same rules to the others as well. You can create Home screen pages with specific apps and widgets for when you need to focus, to see only the relevant apps and reduce temptation.

Configure Focus on iPhone

Here are the steps to follow to activate this feature:

  1. You open Settings your iPhone or iPad with iOS 15
  2. Select the item Concentration
  3. On the main screen you will find Do not disturb, Rest, Personal e Work, but you can create new customizations by clicking on the + at the top right. Share to devices is enabled by default, but you can tap the switch to turn it off

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By selecting one of these items, you have the options for customize which apps can access your chosen Focus state and how to manage incoming calls when that state is active.

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The key parts of Concentration include silencing alerts and notifications, choosing apps and people who can send alerts or contact you, and set when you want Focus to be enabled (you can also turn them on / off manually). If anyone needs to share something important, iOS 15 includes the option “Notify anyway“, Which will send the alert in the app as Messages. In addition, iOS will suggest people and apps to “authorize” based on the status chosen between Work, Sleep and more.

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During the configuration process, you can also choose whether to hide the notification badges, whether to obscure notifications from the lock screen, which apps and contacts can send you notifications and when to activate / deactivate the chosen status based on time, location or in an automated way, with iOS that will manage all based on your usage habits.

Once a Focus configuration has been created, it will automatically activate based on the options chosen. As mentioned before, you can always choose to turn Focus on and off manually. Additionally, you can activate Focus mode from the Control Center as well.

Once the status is activated, you will see a special icon on the lock screen, the notification screen, the Control Center and the status bar. When a user’s Concentration mode blocks incoming notifications, its status is automatically shown in Messages to the sender, informing him that the user is currently not reachable.

iOS 15 still allows you to set the old Do Not Disturb and Do Not Disturb while driving, always from the operating system settings.


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