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Android’s ‘Focus Mode’ exits beta, adds new scheduling features

04 December 2019

Google brought Focus Mode to its Digital Wellbeing suite back in August, giving you another way to stay productive.

Focus Mode first appeared in the beta channel for Digital Wellbeing back in August. With the feature enabled, you can select the apps that you find the most distracting such as a social media app, video app or games. You can also now take a short break from Focus Mode at any time. If you try to open them, Focus mode will "remind you that app is paused", Android project manager Dayson Pais writes in a blog post announcing the rollout.

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Google also added the ability to take a break of up to 30 minutes without actually having to exit Focus Mode (seen below). This allows you to continually block app notifications for the days and times you choose - like your 9 AM to 5 PM working hours, for example. After a few months of polishing everything up and adding some new features, Google's now rolling Focus mode out to everyone. You could, of course, bypass the notification and use the app anyways, but the idea is that Focus mode will give you an extra reminder to keep your brain on the task at hand.

To access Focus mode, you need an Android 9 or 10 handset that supports Google's Digital Wellbeing & parental controls capabilities.

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The Focus Mode feature is one of now many investments Google has made into its comprehensive Digital Wellbeing feature set, which was originally introduced at Google I/O 2018 but initially only on Pixel devices.

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Android’s ‘Focus Mode’ exits beta, adds new scheduling features