In this article, you’ll follow a step-by-step procedure for turning off or sharing the focus state on iPhones and iPad.
Focus is, in fact, the most striking feature of iOS 15. For some, this is Apple’s version of Do Not Disturb. This feature lets users filter notifications depending on your activity, for instance, that you’re working on using Work Focus enabled on your iPhone. You will be notified by the apps you pick when setting the Focus.
One of the best features of working in Focus mode is that it lets others know that you’re working, which is why you’re not responding to their messages. However, you must activate a toggle for the share status of your Focus on your iPhone to notify other people of your current focus status.
Apple announced a fresh “Focus” mode with iOS 15. It combines Do Not Disturb with additional options to help you manage distracting apps on the iPhone and iPad. If you’ve spent time within the Settings and Messages app, you might have noticed”Share Focus Status. “Share Focus Status” toggle.
What is Focus Mode for iOS?
Focus Mode is a relatively recent iOS feature introduced to iOS in September. 15th 2021. Its primary purpose is to let you minimize distractions. This feature is excellent for those who need to focus on their work, are driving, or want to get a peaceful night’s rest. You can turn this feature on to keep notifications from distracting you.
There are several Focus Modes to choose from, such as Sleep Personal, Work, and Do Not Disturb. However, you can also design your own personal Focus Mode.
Focus mode gives you an array of options. It lets you choose which applications and contacts will have the ability to give notifications when you are focused. Emergency and time-sensitive notifications and essential calls will be available to you. You can also schedule and create your own Focus Modes, and distribute them across the iOS devices.
What is Share Focus Status?
Sharing Focus Status can be very helpful to let others know that you are doing something. You should change the default focus mode settings to ensure that the Share Focus status is operational. You can select the default focus option, such as DND, Personal (DND), or Personal, etc., according to your preferences.
In this case, we’ve chosen the Do Not Disturb Mode. If you enable DND, all notifications or calls will be silent. If you turn off the Share Focus Status option DND, it will let other Apple users know that you’ve turned off the DND only if they text or call you.
However, they have the option of “Notify Anyway,” which allows them to notify you by force only if it’s urgent.
How To Share Your Focus Status On iPhone
To utilize Focus and its additional features, ensure that your iOS device is up-to current. Each Focus mode has settings that let users communicate the Focus status. To enable the sharing status feature on your iPhone:
- Open the Settings and tap the ‘Focus’ button (half-moon symbol).
- Click on the Focus mode, then tap the ‘Focus Status’ button.’
- Turn the ‘Share Focus Status’ feature on.
Turning this option on will show a banner that contacts can see each moment that Focus mode is activated manually or automatically.
iPhone users who frequently use various Focus modes should think about enabling the feature for everyone. It helps promote transparency and good communication, as a busy or away status message is for a desktop chat or messaging app. iPhone apps don’t know what Focus mode is active, so contacts won’t know what the user is working with.
How do you make sharing possible? Focus Status
To communicate your Focus Status and other settings, your Focus settings must be shared among all your Apple devices. Suppose you do not connect your Focus routines across your Apple devices and iPhones. In that case, you’ll be unable to utilize Focus Status for any of your routines, which means people who text aren’t able to see you while you’re working or when Focus is in use within your iPhone.
To turn on Focus Sharing, you must go to Settings > Focus.
Tap and then enable the toggle to Share Across gadgets at the lower.
Tap and choose Focus Status.
Turn on the Share Focus Status in the upper right on your desktop.
Then, turn the toggle that controls the mode of Focus you want to inform your contacts of.
You should now be able to enable Focus Status for your chosen focus modes.
How to Turn Off Focus Status
Focus Status is enabled as a default feature for every Focus Mode. It is predefined or if you design a custom one. You can, however easily, disable it.
Open the iPhone Settings and then go to ‘Focus.’
Tap on the Focus Mode for which you wish to switch off Focus Status.
In the settings of that specific Focus Mode, tap ‘Focus Status.’
Turn off the switch that controls the ‘Share Focus Status.’
This way, it is necessary to turn off Focus Status for every setup mode separately. This is ideal if you wish to turn off the settings for specific modes and keep it on for other modes. In this tutorial, for example, we removed Focus Status from the Work Focus Mode, so it’ll remain on for the other Focus Modes.
If you don’t want Messages to communicate Focus the status, it is possible to disable the app’s access to Focus.
Start by opening Your iPhone Settings and then scroll to the bottom of the screen to locate the option for “Messages.”
In the next step, under “Allow Messages to Access,” Turn off the switch for Focus because Messages aren’t granted access to Focus and will not be allowed to share your Focus Status, even if the setting is set to the Focus Mode.
Currently, Messages is the only application that allows you to communicate Your Focus Status. Shortly, other programs will also be able to utilize this feature and share Your Focus Status with those who send you messages using an app from a third party.
You Don’t Have to Share Everything With Everyone
It’s unclear which applications support Focus status options in addition to Apple’s Messages application and its iMessage platform. For instance, there’s no option to communicate Focus status with WhatsApp or Slack.
Messages allow you to choose whether or not to communicate the Focus Status on a contact-by-contact basis. To enable this feature, open a chat with a person and then click on their name or photo in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Continue scrolling until you find”Share Focus Status” and tap on the “Share Focus Status” toggle, enabling or disabling it.
Benefits of Share Focus Status
If you share your current focus mode, you’ll be able to inform others of the availability of your focus mode. If the situation is urgent, the user taps”Notify Now” to notify you. If it’s disabled, users won’t see an option to notify them.
There are four focus modes to choose from. You can select the one that best suits your preferences. The Personal Focus mode will allow you to modify it with no limitations.
Focus Modes on the iPhone can dramatically increase your productivity.