Oh Bother helps you avoid interrupting someone while you work from home

Oh Bother App on iPhone XR
Oh Bother App on iPhone XR (Image credit: Oliver Haslam / iMore)

What you need to know

  • More and more of us are working from home.
  • That can be difficult when multiple people are working.
  • Oh Bother lets you tell people whether you're available or not.

Many of us are working from home nowadays. A lot of us aren't used to it and that can cause problems when multiple people are working in one place. It's difficult to know whether you're interrupting something important without asking and by then, it's too late. Oh Bother hopes to avoid all that.

A simple app on the surface, Oh Bother lets you tell people whether you're available for a chat, or not. And all you have to do is update your status in the app.

Oh Bother App Screenshots from the App Store

Oh Bother App Screenshots from the App Store (Image credit: iMore)

Oh Bother is a lovely little app all about helping you and your housemates avoid poorly-timed interruptions when you're working from home together.If you're working from home these days, and you've got family or roommates at home with you, you'll know that focus can be a little hard to come by. Oh Bother wants to help you and your housemates manage distractions a little bit better by giving everyone in your house a quick way to indicate whether or not they currently want to be bothered.

That's all there is to it, but it can be a lifesaver if you're someone who hates being interrupted and finds it difficult to gain your focus all over again. My wife and I have worked from home together for a couple of years and I wish we'd always had this!

You can download Oh Bother for free from the App Store now. In-app purchases are available to help support the app and its developer, Canadian Daniel Gauthier. I recommend you do exactly that.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.