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How to block your phone from bothering you

Sometimes, you just need to get things done – that budget Spreadsheet, your novel or even a nap – but your smartphone insists on distracting you with notifications, texts or social media manipulatives. Sure, the Do Not Disturb setting can temporarily prevent interruptions when you need quiet time or a mental break, but Recent versions of Android and by Apple New iOS 15 includes a more flexible Focus mode with other tools for focusing. Here is a quick guide.

In Android 12, search for Digital Wellbeing in your app drawer. If you don’t see it, open the Settings icon and select Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls; you can download the app, too. For the hands-free method, just say “OK, Google, open Digital Wellbeing settings.”

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On an Apple device running iOS 15, open the Settings icon and scroll to Focus; saying “Hey, Siri, open My Settings” also works. On the Spotlight screen, you will see that Do not disturb settings have been moved in and you have a button to share your settings on other Apple devices, including Macs.

On Android’s Digital Wellbeing screen, tap Focus mode. Select the Set Schedule option to block the timeout you need on your phone. In the “Apps that distract you” list, select the programs you want to disable when Focus Mode is on. (The Manage notifications The controls in the Digital Wellbeing settings let you decide what kind of alerts you get in the first place.)

To temporarily mute most calls, return to the main Digital Wellbeing screen and select Do not disturb. Tap the People option and select the contacts that are allowed to annoy you when you have enabled Do Not Disturb mode; you can do the same for apps and turn off alarms. (Some Android phones have Flip to setting Shhh, put your phone right into Do Not Disturb mode when you put it down next to the screen.)

iOS 15’s Focus settings provide several scenarios (Work, Personal, etc.) to configure and customize based on the situation. Tap a category and select apps and people that can interrupt you; contacts can see your Spotlight status displayed in the Messages app. You can set a timer for each point category, or have it automatically trigger by location – for example, the “Home” Spotlight setting pauses your Slack Notification and business email when you arrive at your apartment. (If you’re working from home, use a timer instead.)

Tap the plus icon on the Main Spotlight screen to set up even more scenarios, such as when you want uninterrupted reading time; you can even activate Reading Focus when you open your e-book app. If you don’t want to automate everything, you can always swipe down Control Center screen and tap Focus to hide or separate yourself from the world.

Screen Timers are not for kids! If you find yourself engrossed in games and videos while you’re at work, let your phone save you from yourself.

In Android’s Digital Wellbeing settings, tap Dashboard and set timers for specific apps. (Programs you’ve listed as distracting apps will be grayed out and unusable until you disable Spotlight mode.)

In iOS 15’s Spotlight settings, each of your Spotlight scenarios includes controls for your home screen and lock screen. Tap the Home screen option to hide the notification badges on the app. With the Custom Pages setting enabled, you can hide your home screen, where you keep your most distracting (and fun) apps.

In the Lock screen settings, set the screen to dim and your hidden notifications to appear quietly there – or not. iOS settings have a Used Time where you can set time limits for apps.

If you want to standardize your sleep schedule – or break the habit of staying up too late and scrolling in bed – this is the help. With Android, open Clock app and tap the Bedtime icon in the bottom right corner. You can set a bedtime and choose a relaxing setting to clear your mind.

In Digital Wellbeing settings, tap Bedtime mode to add sleep-friendly incentives, like turning on the Do Not Disturb shield, turning the screen black and white, or turning it off.

iOS 15’s Focus settings also include a Sleep option, which you can set like your work and other Focus scenarios.

This bedtime spotlight links to Sleep feature in Apple’s Health app, where you can schedule your bedtime, set an alarm and choose Wind Down Shortcuts – may include a set amount of time to listen to music, meditate, or another relaxing activity as you fall asleep uninterrupted (with your phone).

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/technology/personaltech/smartphone-focus-mode.html How to block your phone from bothering you

Fry Electronics Team

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