Apples Evolution of Do Not Disturb Helps You Focus

  • Do Not Disturb: This catch-all Focus takes over from the old Do Not Disturb setting.
  • Driving: This Focus replaces the old Do Not Disturb While Driving option. It’s unusual in that it doesn’t allow any app notifications through at all (eyes on the road!). It also lets you write a custom auto-reply for those who text you while you’re driving.
  • Sleep: If you use Apple’s sleep management features in the Health app, you’ll use this Focus to control which notifications can get through while you’re asleep.
  • Focus Status: Enable this option to allow apps to alert those who message you that you have notifications silenced.
  • Home Screen: If your Focus involves you using the Home screen a lot, you can have it hide notification badges that might lure you into another app or even hide entire Home screen pages that could be distracting.
  • Lock Screen: If you might be looking at your Lock screen while the Focus is active, you can have it dim automatically and hide or show silenced notifications as appropriate.
  • Schedule or Automation: Although you can turn on any Focus from Control Center, it may be easier to have it turn itself on automatically at certain times, in particular locations, or when certain apps are active.
  • To identify when a Focus would be helpful, wait until you find notifications irritating and then think about which ones you’d want a Focus to block.
  • Create just one or two Focuses at first. You don’t want to end up with a bunch that interact in unexpected ways and cause you to miss important notifications.
  • Be careful with schedules and automations. An automation that invokes the Reading Focus when Books is open might work well for reading before bed but could be problematic if you read while waiting for a meeting to start.
  • It may be safest to allow silenced notifications to appear on the Lock screen so you can easily see what you missed afterward and adjust the Focus as necessary.
  • You can manually invoke a Focus by tapping the Focus button in Control Center and selecting the one you want. Tap the *** button to the right of the Focus to specify when it should turn off automatically, or just tap the Focus again to turn it off.

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