Focus On Apple Watch SeSource: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

Your best Apple Watch can help you focus! Focus is now the new umbrella term for Do Not Disturb, and it lets you create custom Do Not Disturb modes based on your needs throughout the day. You can set different focuses for a plethora of other uses, scheduling when you want them to turn on automatically, or just having the option to turn them on with a tap of a button on your iPhone.

You can choose which apps you will see notifications from or which contacts you can receive messages from, so if you're working but also want to be available to your family for emergency purposes, you can set a Focus to block all notifications except ones from your family members. However, in watchOS 8, you can't actually create new a new Focus like you can in iOS 15, but rather set your Apple Watch (and other devices) to follow whichever Focus you've already set up. You can also make custom schedules for any Focus and choose to share your Focus on other devices. Here's how to use Focus on your Apple Watch.

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How to set a Focus on Apple Watch

You can easily set a Focus right from your wrist on your Apple Watch to any of the Focuses you've created on your iPhone.

  1. Swipe up on your Apple Watch face to bring up the Apple Watch control center.
  2. Tap on Focus. It's the crescent moon icon.

    How To Set A Focus In watchOS 8: Swip up on youre Apple Watch face to bring up the control center and then tap Focus.Source: iMore

  3. Tap the Focus you want to turn on.
  4. Tap the length of time you want the focus active.

    How To Set A Focus In watchOS 8: Tap the FOcus you want to enable, and then tap the length of time you want the focus active.Source: iMore

How to create a Focus schedule on Apple Watch

Once you've created a Focus on your iPhone, you can set custom schedules for your Focuses right on your Apple Watch. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your app view.
  2. Tap Focus.
  3. Tap **the Focus* you want to create a schedule for.

    How To Create Custom Schedule For Focus In watchOS 8: Launch Settings, tap focus, and then tap the focus you want.Source: iMore

  4. Tap Add new....
  5. Tap From to set the start time.
  6. Tap To to set the end time.

    How To Create Custom Schedule For Focus In watchOS 8: Tap Add new, tap from to set the start time, and then tap To to set the end time.Source: iMore

  7. Tap the days you don't want to be included in the schedule.
  8. Tap the back button at the top left of your screen.

    How To Create Custom Schedule For Focus In watchOS 8: Tap the days you don't want to be included in the schedule, and then tap the back button.Source: iMore

Now that schedule will automatically run on the schedule you set.

How to disable a Focus schedule on Apple Watch

You can disable or delete any Focus schedule you've made in Settings. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your app view.
  2. Tap Focus.
  3. Tap the Focus that has the schedule you want to disable.

    How To Create Custom Schedule For Focus In watchOS 8: Launch Settings, tap focus, and then tap the focus you want.Source: iMore

  4. Tap the schedule you want to disable.
  5. Tap the Enabled On/Off switch to disable the schedule.
  6. Tap Delete if you want to delete the schedule.

    How To Disable Focus Schedule In watchOS 8: Tap the schedule you want to disable, tap the enabled on/off switch to disable the schedule, or tap delete to delete the schedule. Source: iMore

How to share a Focus across devices

If you want to share a Focus you have activated on your Apple Watch to your other devices, you can do so by turning on the Share Across Devices option in settings. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your app view.
  2. Tap Focus.
  3. Tap the Share Across Devices On/Off switch to enable the feature.

    How To Enable Share Across Devices: Launch Settings, tap focus, and then tap the share across devices on/off switch to enable the feature.Source: iMore

You can disable this feature at any time by following the same steps above.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to use Focus on Apple Watch? Let us know in the comment section down below.