Google has designed a new Focus Mode for Android 10 that helps reduce distractions and get things done. Here’s how to use it.
Android’s new Focus Mode can help you not get distracted when you’re studying for exams, or just want to turn off the constant pinging of notifications and messages from your smartphone.
Not looking at your phone when you’ve decided to focus on another task seems easy enough. Nevertheless, the frequency with which we are called upon by our modern devices is very high.
The temptation is therefore permanent. For example, you say to yourself “I’m just going to check this message very quickly”, then you realize that you have spent 20 minutes on Twitter.
Focus Mode is part of the Google Digital Wellbeing toolkit on Android. It can temporarily pause applications that distract you, such as social networks and messaging applications like WhatsApp and Facebook.
With Focus Mode, you can “mute” these apps so your smartphone doesn’t receive notifications.
This feature is slightly different from the “Do Not Disturb” option that “silences” your entire phone.
You may want to leave important work apps like Slack open while closing other apps that you don’t need at the moment.
You can set schedules that will automatically activate Focus Mode at certain times of the day, such as when you are at school or at work.
You can also choose to “pause” your main activity and reactivate notifications for 5, 10 or 30 minutes. Here’s how to use this feature.
- Go to Settings, then Digital Wellness and Parental Controls.
- Find the focus mode in the “Ways to log out” section.
- Select the applications you want from the list
- Press Switch on now.
Once the Focus Mode is activated, you can select two options to deactivate it. The Disable Now feature will turn it off completely and return to your phone’s default notification settings.
The Take a Break feature allows you to choose how long you want to reopen notifications for the applications you have selected. The screenshot below illustrates what I’m talking about.
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