How to use Focus Mode on Mac

With dozens of social media apps and incoming emails on Mac, it’s pretty easy to get distracted during work hours. There’s always a handy Do Not Disturb mode to mute the notifications, but you might be missing out on some work notifications from Slack or Microsoft Teams. Then it’s a good idea to use Focus mode on macOS Monterey. Focus profiles allow you to customize the DND experience on the Mac. How to use Focus Mode on Mac.

With iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey, Apple has replaced the standard do not disturb mode with Focus. During our testing, we found it to be more useful on Mac because you can enjoy a distraction-free environment on Mac.

You can either choose from the standard focus profiles like Do Not Disturb, Home, Work etc, or even create a custom profile like Write or Coding and allow certain apps and contacts to send you notifications.

Where is focus mode on Mac?

Similar to focus mode on the iPhone, the focus menu is located in the control center on the Mac. Just click on Control Center in the Mac menu bar and choose from the default focus profiles on the Mac.

Alternatively, you can click on the small Apple icon in the upper left corner and switch to the System Preferences menu. Then click on Notifications & Focus and go to the Focus menu.

Notifications and focus menu on Mac

Here you can find all the standard Focus Profiles for use on the Mac. You can also create new custom focus profiles from the same menu.

How to enable Focus Mode on Mac

The easiest way to activate a focus mode on the Mac is through the Control Center. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: On the Mac menu bar, click the Control Center icon.

Step 2: Choose a small arrow next to the focus menu.

Focus profile

Step 3: Select a focus mode to enable it on the Mac.

Focus mode in action on the Mac

The good news is, you don’t have to settle for the default Focus profiles on the Mac. You can easily create one with a relevant name and custom settings. Let’s create a Focus Profile for Coding Lessons.

How to Create a Focus Profile on Mac

You need to use the focus in the system settings to create a custom profile. Here is how.

Step 1: Click on the small Apple icon in the menu bar at the top left.

Step 2: Go to the system settings.

Notifications and focus menu on Mac

Step 3: Go to Notifications & Focus and go to the Focus menu.

Switch to focus mode

Step 4: Click the + icon at the bottom and select Custom.

Create custom focus mode

Step 5: Add the Focus Profile Name and Subject and select an appropriate icon.

Add topic in focus profile

Step 6: From the Allowed Notifications From menu, select People.

Add people in focus mode

Step 7: Add contact names that you can use FaceTime during work hours.

Allow people in focus

Step 8: From the Apps menu, click the + icon and select apps that can send notifications when focus mode is on.

Add apps in focus

Users can also automatically enable a specific focus mode based on the time, location, or the type of app they open on the Mac.

Focus automation

To the example, you can set the Coding Focus profile to activate automatically when you open the Xcode app on the Mac. Open the Microsoft Word app and Mac can activate the Writing Focus profile, allowing you to concentrate on writing and not be distracted by unnecessary warnings.

If you work at set times, you can also set time-based automation in focus mode. Under Focus> Turn On Automatically, click the + icon and create an automation.

How to share focus profiles on Apple devices

On the Mac, you can share newly created Focus profiles with all Apple devices. You can activate a Focus profile on the Mac and iCloud will be activated equally on all of your Apple devices with the same Apple account.

Imagine a situation where you activate a focus mode on the Mac to create a calm atmosphere just to be distracted by you WhatsApp Message on your iPhone. With Focus Sharing, you can ensure that all of your devices are muted at the same time. How to use it.

Step 1: Use the keyboard shortcut Command + Spacebar and open Spotlight Search.

Step 2: Find System Preferences and press Enter to open it.

Step 3: Go to Notifications & Focus and choose a focus mode to share on other Apple hardware.

Notifications and focus menu on Mac

Step 4: Activate the switch “Share focus status” and “Share across devices” below.

Share focus status

The function also works the other way round. That said, you can create a custom focus mode on the iPhone and it will sync with the Mac too.

Do your work on Mac

In classic Apple style, the implementation of Focus mode on the Mac is flawless. Microsoft is planning a similar function Windows 11 with Focus Sessions. How would you like to use Focus Mode on Mac? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

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