The public release of iOS 15 has long since passed. Having so many useful features built in has convinced many people to go over to using this OS. In iOS 15, features like summary notifications and focus modes aim to strike a better balance between work and personal life.
Focus Mode is fantastic, however it may be tough to master for some people because of its complexity. Maybe you’ve been using iOS 15 for a while too, but something has only just dawned on you now. Some iMessage alerts continue to reach your phone even if you have Do Not Disturb or one of the newer Focus modes activated. What is the point of all that? In this case, the blame goes to Focus Status. Allow me to fill you in on the specifics.
How Do You Switch to Focus Mode?
If you are unfamiliar with the notion of Focus Mode, allow me to give you a brief overview before we go on to Focus Status. iOS 15 introduces Focus Mode, an improvement over DND. Things have always been taken to extremes with DND. Either you use Do Not Disturb to prevent the vast majority of notifications from reaching you, or you do nothing and allow everything through.
When you go to Focus Mode, it’s different. Users have full control over what notifications they receive at different times of the day thanks to a combination of predefined “Focus Modes” and the option to create their own. For instance, only work-related notifications will reach you when you’re in work mode, so anything else will have to wait. Many different modes are at your disposal, allowing you to zero in on whatever it is you need to do at the moment.
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In Other Words, What Exactly Is the Focus Status?
As an added bonus, Focus Mode also includes Focus Status, which allows you to prioritise specific alerts without losing track of the rest of your inbox. What exactly is this fabled Focus Status that you have sought for so long?
In contrast to Do Not Disturb in iOS 14, which conceals the fact that you have turned off notifications, Focus Mode alerts those around you.
While in one of the Focus Modes, a Focus Status will appear on the displays of those trying to send you an iMessage, informing them that “[you] have silenced notifications.” In addition to the Focus Status, users will be presented with a “Notify Anyway” button. If they select that button, the alert will be delivered even if they have Focus Mode turned on.
Focus Offline Mode: Disabling Your Status
Whether you choose one of the predefined Focus Modes or make your own, Focus Status will always be active. The good news is that you can disable it without any hassle.
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Check out The “focus” Option in Your I Phone’s Settings
Focus Status must be manually turned off for each configuration setting when utilizing this method. The feature is ideal if you wish to disable the setting for some modes but leave it enabled for others. For the sake of clarity, we disabled Focus Status for the “Work” Focus Mode in this article, but it will continue to function normally for the other Focus Modes. However, you can deny Messages access to Focus if you don’t want it to share Focus Status in any mode.
If You Have an I Phone, Open the Settings Menu and Look for The Messages Option
You can only broadcast your Focus Status using Messages at the moment. Perhaps in the future additional apps will be able to take advantage of this function, allowing you to broadcast your Focus Status to everyone who sends you a message via their app.