Secrets and subtleties of iOS 15, Part 2: Focus mode and its settings

In the first part, we found out how you can use FaceTime to communicate with Windows and Android users. Now we're going to find out how Focus mode works in iOS 15, what settings you need to pay attention to, and how to optimize the program.

Why you need it

Focus as an option offers more flexibility than the more familiar Do Not Disturb. It can be set up simply as a whitelist or for use in certain scenarios, such as when you're driving, at work, or just want to read an interesting book in silence.

Conveniently, your status will be visible to others, meaning a missed call or message won't be an unpleasant surprise to either party.

Where to look

For the initial setting of the modes, you will need to go to Settings - Focus, where using the step-by-step prompts, you will adjust the profiles according to your preferences. 

When the setting is finished, you can switch already prepared profiles from Control Center. A short tap activates the Do Not Disturb mode, while a long tap allows you to select one of the other profiles.

How to set up

By default, Personal, Work, and Sleep are available to the user. For each of these items, you can configure a white list of contacts for which you will be available, and for all others, you can configure Repeated Calls: the system will not jam calls from the same caller if there is less than three minutes between them.

The same applies to notifications, but here you do not set up contacts, but applications that can send you notifications. There is also the concept of "Emergency notifications", which will be sent regardless of the selected focus mode.

Another interesting setting is to lock some desktops, so that you are not distracted by even just looking at some applications. For example, it is appropriate to block the desktop with games when you are busy working.

You can activate the modes from the Control Panel as described above, or set them to activate automatically: by time of day, geo-position (e.g. work/home) and with the launch of a particular application or game. The so-called "smart activation" is also provided: taking into account a number of attributes, the system itself decides on the activation of one or another mode.

Other profiles are similarly designed: Video games, Driving, Awareness, Sports, and Reading. These modes differ from the above-described ones only in the fact that they already contain applications which are activated when they are launched.

What to watch out for

As soon as you activate one of the focus modes on one of your devices, the others tied to that Apple ID go into it as well. That is, if you decide to read a book from your iPad, be prepared that your iPhone won't get through to you. To break this connection, deactivate the "Account on all devices" switch.

As you can see, the new feature offers a lot of flexible settings to help you save a lot of time and save yourself from annoying or just plain irrelevant notifications. It's also worth noting that it automatically turns on the right profiles, allowing you to free yourself from routine activities.


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