The Focus feature is one of the most significant changes coming to iOS, allowing you to mute all your notifications and incoming calls. In iOS 15, Apple announced Focus mode, which is an upgraded version of the classic Do Not Disturb mode. With Focus mode enabled, you can control what notifications you want to go through during a specific time of day.
However, Focus mode won’t stop other people from sending you messages unless you let them know that you have muted notifications on your iPhone. That’s when Focus Status comes to the rescue.
What is Focus Mode?
Focus Mode has been available since the days of iOS 15, allowing you to silence notifications and calls. When you are in work mode, only your work notifications will go through, while others are pending.
Can I Receive Text Messages While in Focus Mode?
The answer is Yes. If someone tries to text you when you are in Focus mode, they should see a warning that says you have silenced notifications. This is called Share Focus Status. They can still send you a text message, but it will be muted. However, they can bypass the Focus mode by tapping the Notify Anyway option, and the notification will go through.
How Can I Turn On Share Focus Status?
Focus Status is turned on by default for all Focus modes. If you have accidentally turned it off, here is how to turn it back on.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Select the Focus Mode and tap Focus Status.
- Turn on the toggle for Share Focus Status.
Once Share Focus Status is enabled, anyone who sends you a text message while you are in Focus mode will be informed that you are not going to see their notifications.
Can I Allow Urgent Notifications During Focus Mode?
The answer is Yes. You can allow some specific contacts to be able to get in touch during an emergency. Here is how to turn it on.
- Go to Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap Focus and head to Allowed Notifications under your selected Focus.
- Tap Apps and turn on the toggle for Time Sensitive.