What is Focus on iPhone and iPad, and what’s better than not bothering?

The new Focus function in iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey offers you the tools to decide who and what can interrupt you during different activities or times of the day. Because of this, it’s better than the old Do Not Disturb feature.

“Do not disturb” is now the focus

Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, the Do Not Disturb mode you know and love is now part of the Focus feature, and that’s not a bad thing. When you open Control Center, you’ll find a large focus button where the Do Not Disturb button used to be.

With Focus you can continue to use “Do not disturb” as usual – for exampleby turning it on for an hour or just for the day.

The Focus feature also includes other presets (or modes) such as Work, Personal, and more. You can add more presets like fitness, gaming or create your own custom mode.

You can create your own focus mode

With the focus function, you can determine who and what can get your attention. In each focus mode, you can decide which apps or contacts you can notify. This function was sorely lacking in “Do not disturb”.

Create a focus mode in the settings.

You can do this when setting up a new Focus (Apple created a nice step-by-step process for adding apps and contacts to the whitelist) or later through the Settings app (there’s a brand new Focus section in Settings ).

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Focus mode can display custom home screens

Selecting Home Screen Pages for Focus Mode.

On iPhone and iPad, you can decide which home screens appear when a particular focus mode is triggered. You can hide certain home screen pages when you are working or just relaxing.

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Focus modes are synced between all of your devices

By default, your Focus modes are synced between all of your Apple devices (provided they are signed into the same account). This means that a focus mode set on the iPhone is automatically activated on the Mac and iPad at the scheduled time.

This can be a great feature when it comes to working better. If you don’t like it, you can also turn off the sync feature.

Focus modes can be automated

The work that Apple has been doing to bring automation of shortcuts into the operating system is starting to look positive. Shortcut’s automation system is directly integrated into the focus function. You can create multiple time, location and app-based schedules for each focus. For example, you can activate a focus mode for a few hours in the morning and afternoon.

Set up automations for time, place or apps in focus mode.


Some focus modes like gaming or fitness are triggered automatically when you start a game or start a workout. And of course if you create a custom focus mode you can create several of your own automations based on time, location and apps.

Focus mode will be available with the public release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in fall 2021. Are you wondering if your iPhone or iPad supports this version? We have provided you with a list of all supported devices.

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