how to use Focus mode on iPhone? Tutorial

Tutoriel mode Concentration iOS 15

What is Concentration mode?

With iOS 15, Apple brings a whole bunch of new features to iPhones that are compatible with the operating system. Among them, Concentration aims to match the behavior of your mobile to yours, throughout the day. With this mode, you can for example put a stop to all notifications when you want to stay quiet. If, on the other hand, you are in the office, then you can choose to receive only professional messages. Another scenario: in the car, you can only activate the information received by your GPS or those coming from your diary so as not to arrive late.

Apple offers several preset focus modes with iOS 15, which you can activate in seconds. As for the more skilful, they can also start from scratch and create their own mode of concentration from the eponymous interface of the iPhone.

To start, know that access to Concentration mode is hidden in the Settings app, between the menus Sounds and vibrations and Screen time. There is no dedicated app at the moment.

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Configure an existing focus mode

When you open Concentration for the first time, Apple automatically offers you the Do not disturb. We can summarize by saying that it is the most restrictive. We will take it as an example to find out how to configure a concentration mode: you will see that the procedure is the same for the other modes.

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Pass for certain people

The mode Do not disturb offers you several possibilities to adjust it as you wish, including that of still letting some of the most important notifications go through. First, you can allow specific people to contact you when Do not disturb is activated. The procedure for doing this is as follows, and concerns both calls and notifications from apps where you interact with these contacts:

  1. Touch People>
  2. Touch + Add
  3. Check the contacts from your directory to accept (you can filter the list according to the Groups that you have already created previously)

The people you wanted to add are now displayed. To remove them, just touch the at the top right of their profile picture or the initial of their first name if applicable. The option Delete all allows you to erase all contacts at once if you want to start over.

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Incoming calls

In People, the menu ALSO AUTHORIZE is limited to calls from certain categories of contacts. Here’s how to use it in iOS 15:

  1. Touch Calls from
  2. Choose Everybody, Anybody, Favorites Where All contacts
  3. You can also activate Allow repeated calls so as not to miss any emergency

Apple considers “repeat calls” attempts to repeat an incoming call within three minutes. You should also know that the contacts that you added to the concentration mode previously are not taken into account for this calls part.

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Allow certain apps only

Now that you have set your notifications according to your contacts, know that the mode Do not disturb allows you to do the same depending on your apps. The method is as follows:

  1. Touch Apps>
  2. Touch + Add
  3. Check the apps you want to allow
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The option Urgent still allows you to receive notifications from apps that are not in the list you defined above, when they are marked as urgent. A setting to be defined manually yourself for each app.

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Other predefined modes : the method is the same to configure Rest, Time for oneself Where Job only for fashion Do not disturb.

Create a zero focus mode

By opening Concentration from Settings, touch the + top right. This will allow you to customize your own mode of concentration according to your needs or very specific situations, for example a meeting or watching a TV series.

To get started, tap Custom.

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Apple first asks you to name your focus mode. We recommend that you use a word or group of words short enough so that it is not truncated in Concentration, for example “Food“. Then, you will have to choose a color among a dozen different shades to choose from as well as an emoji illustrating the activity to be regulated.

The settings are then the same as for the predefined modes seen above: iOS 15 first offers to allow certain people, then apps.

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Other options

Concentration status

Activating the Concentration status keeps your contacts informed if you have deactivated your notifications. For privacy reasons, recipients don’t know which focus mode you’ve turned on. However, they can choose to notify you anyway, which will be considered an urgent notification by your iPhone under iOS 15.

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Homepage

On the iOS 15 home screen, small red dots showing the number of notifications received are displayed at the top right of your app icons. It is possible to deactivate them by touching Hide the notification dots.

With customize pages, you can also choose to hide certain pages of the home screen when a particular concentration mode is activated. For example, for a working day, you could choose not to display your game library.

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Lock screen

Here you can choose Darken the locked screen for more peace of mind if you have chosen to receive your notifications on it even if your concentration mode is active. To do this, activate Show on locked screen.

Automatic activation

This option allows you to automate the activation of your concentration mode, depending on the time, location (your home? Your office? Etc.) or the opening of an app to be specified.

This is also where you can choose Smart Activation, where iOS 15 takes care of activating focus mode for you as soon as it detects a convenient moment. However, we recommend that you test this feature knowingly, at the risk of missing important messages.

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