Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google activates Focus mode to save Android users from distractions

Google activates Focus mode to save Android users from distractions

Google's new wellness feature called "Focus Mode" wants to help users avoid the scourge of distracting push notifications. It seems the search giant was serious about the rollout.

Focus Mode makes it possible to temporarily silence apps that you find distracting such as social media and email apps and re-enable them once you switch off Focus Mode. It's currently only available to beta testers and it is rolling out publicly now.

Once there, users can manually select the apps they wish to control with the feature which allows them to customize Focus Mode based on their preference.

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Since then, the features have been going through testing, one of them being "Focus Mode". It also includes a "take a break" option, which, as the name suggests, lets you step out from the mode and use the apps that you had on lockdown for five, 15 or 30 minutes. That could make it easier to show someone a quick Facebook photo or YouTube video without having to exit Focus Mode. Users who weren't using the beta version of Digital Wellbeing will start receiving the feature soon. These include scheduling automatic activation of Focus mode during some days and time-intervals across the week. According to a study, one among four children along with other young users is heavily addicted to mobile phones.

While concerns over how much time we spend on our phones isn't directly related to either of those issues, features like Focus Mode are part of an effort by Google to help cut down on the unintended consequences that can come with overusing technology.

Focus can be turned on through the device settings menu by selecting "Digital Wellbeing & parental controls" and then navigating to 'Focus mode'.

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