How to Turn on Focus Mode on iPhone
Avoid annoying distractions while you’re working, sleeping, driving, and more with iOS 15 Focus modes. How to Turn on Focus Mode on iPhone (2022)
Tired of constantly being distracted by notifications while you’re trying to work, or worse, being woken up by them? Well, iOS 15 has the feature for you: Focus modes allow you to customize which notifications you’d like to receive, from whom, and when. Let’s learn how to use Focus on iPhone.
How to Enable Focus on iPhone
What is Focus on iPhone? It’s basically a way to set a selective Do Not Disturb that filters out certain notifications, depending on which interruptions you’re okay with at the time. Unlike the old Do Not Disturb mode, you can customize Focus mode settings on iPhone to let notifications from certain people and apps through.
Focus is an iOS 15 feature, so if you have an earlier software version, you will need to update to iOS 15 before using this tip. If you’d like to learn about the newest iPhone features, including those coming out in iOS 16, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.
Here’s how to set Focus mode on iPhone:
Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone to open the Control Center. (If you have a first-generation iPhone SE or an iPhone 8 or earlier, you will swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center.)
In the left column near the center tap the Focus control button. It will be displaying whatever Focus mode you most recently had on you have already set up Focus.
From here, you can select Do Not Disturb, Work, Personal, or Sleep.
Additionally, you can add and create custom Focus modes by tapping New Focus.
Tap anywhere in the background to exit.
And that’s it! Your selected Focus mode filter is now enabled, and you’ll only receive notifications that are specifically allowed as part of that Focus setting. If you have any trouble with Focus mode, check out our Focus mode troubleshooting tips.