Android's 'Focus Mode' leaves beta, now available on all Digital Wellbeing devices

Alonzo Simpson
December 4, 2019

Google brought Focus Mode to its Digital Wellbeing suite back in August, giving you another way to stay productive. Focus Mode was first announced at Google's I/O developer conference this May, and has been in beta testing until now, Google says. It allows you to select apps to pause, and when Focus Mode is activated, those apps will be greyed out in the launcher, and all notifications will be hidden. Then you can simply disable Focus Mode or remove it from the list of distracting apps.

You can manually turn Focus mode on and off at any time from the Digital Wellbeing page, and new since the beta started, there's an option to schedule Focus mode for specific times/days.

The feature will also "silence those apps' notifications until you're ready to switch out of the mode" to help further minimize temptations. Also new is the ability to take a short break with Focus mode, temporarily unpausing your apps for 5, 15, or 30 minutes. "This means you can use your phone without interruptions from apps you don't need right away". "For example, we've added an option to automatically turn Focus mode on and off for the days and times that you choose".

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Google says the new version of Focus Mode exits beta testing today and is rolling out to all devices that support Digital Wellbeing and parental controls, including Android 9 and 10 phones.

To start using Focus mode for yourself, go to Settings - Digital Wellbeing - Focus mode.

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