How to Use Focus Mode on Android

By Last Updated: November 5, 2023
Focus Mode on Android

Focus Mode is part of Android’s Digital Wellbeing suite of tools designed to improve your screen time habits. When activated, it lets you pause distracting apps temporarily so you can focus on the task at hand. Consider it a “Do Not Disturb” setting for specific apps.

Why Should You Use Focus Mode?

Ah, the million-dollar question! Our lives are buzzing with notifications, making it hard to concentrate. By using Focus Mode on Android, you can:

  • Increase productivity
  • Enhance your work quality
  • Reduce stress levels by avoiding multitasking

 Find the Digital Wellbeing App

First things first, you’ll need to navigate to the ‘Digital Wellbeing & parental controls’ app. Now, this isn’t some obscure app that you need to dig up from the Play Store’s dusty corners. It should be pre-installed on your phone! If your phone’s been running slow lately, you can think of this as a scavenger hunt, except the treasure at the end is your productivity.

Digital Wellbeing App

Tap into Focus Mode

Once you’re in the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ app, scroll down until you find ‘Focus Mode.’ Tap it. Go on, don’t be shy! If your screen could talk, it’d probably say, “Finally, they want to do some real work!”

Focus Mode


Select Your Distractors

Upon entering Focus Mode, you’ll be given the option to select the apps that typically turn you into a procrastination wizard. Choose wisely. If unsure, ask yourself, “Which apps suck me into a vortex of time-wasting doom?” Yeah, you know, the ones.


Turn on Now

Once you’ve picked your distractors, it’s game time. Hit ‘Turn On Now.’ Your selected apps will gray out and won’t send notifications. It’s like they’ve been silenced by a ‘shush’ from a stern librarian. If you try to open them, your phone will gently remind you that you’re supposed to be in the zone.

Turn on Now

Set a Schedule (Optional)

You can also set a schedule for Focus Mode if you’re an organized person who actually plans when they’ll be productive. (Kudos to you, by the way!) Just tap ‘Set a schedule,’ pick your days and times, and voila! You’ve got yourself a timetable for crushing your goals.

Set a Schedule