What is Focus Status on iPhone and How to Use it?

Discover how to effectively use Focus Status on your iPhone to manage distractions and arrange tasks.

by Mathelene

Updated Mar 30, 2024

What is Focus Status on iPhone and How to Use it?
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What is Focus Status on iPhone?

Focus Status on iPhone indicates your current state of focus, helping you manage tasks and decrease distractions. You can make a set your own like Work, Personal, or Sleep. Only important notifications are received when a Focus is active, and all other notifications are muted.

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Your status appears on the lock screen so the people understand that you are busy. Focus helps you focus on particular tasks. 

How to Use Focus Status on iPhone?

To use Focus Status on your iPhone, follow these steps:

Turn on a Focus

  • Open Control Center by swiping down.

  • Press the "Focus" button.

  • Select the Focus that you want to activate (eg, Do Not Disturb). 

  • If you choose a new focus, the other Focus is turned off which is already active.

  • To set a duration for the Focus, tap on the Focus button (e.g, Do Not Disturb), choose a duration option (e.g, "For 1 hour" or "Until I leave this location"), and tap the Focus button again.

Check the Focus Status

  • When a Focus is active, its icon will appear in the status bar and on the Lock Screen.

  • The Messages app will automatically show your status.

  • Notifications will be muted, but important messages will still be sent.

Manage Focus Settings

  • Go to Focus under Settings.

  • Choose the Focus that you want to set.

  • Turn on Smart Activation, then press and hold the Back button located at the upper left corner to enable automated activation based on cues such as your location or app usage.

  • Click on "Add Schedule."

  • Decide the apps, locations, or times you want to use to turn on this Focus.

Turn Off a Focus

  • On the Lock Screen, touch and hold the Focus symbol.

  • Open the Control Center and then select "Focus."

  • Tap on the currently active Focus to deactivate it.

  • To turn off a Focus, you can use Siri. Just sounds like "Turn off the Work Focus."

Remove a Focus 

  • Open your iPhone Settings and select Focus.

  • Pick the particular Focus that you want to delete.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the screen.

  • Tap on "Delete Focus."

How to Share Focus Status?

To share your Focus Status with contacts on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Open the messaging app.

  • Open the chat window for the contact you want to get Focus Status updates from.

  • Click on the contact's profile.

  • Turn on "Share Focus Status" by selecting the option.

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