Focus Mode leaves Digital Wellbeing beta, gains handy new features

Taking a break on Focus Mode

Taking a break on Focus Mode

This past August, Digital Wellbeing beta testers were treated to a new feature called "Focus mode" - allowing you to pause specific apps/games to help keep you, well, focused.

Focus mode is finally getting out of beta. These apps can be paused temporarily, which stops those apps' notifications.

Focus Mode allows you to mark specific apps as distracting, preventing you from launching them when the mode is enabled. If you try to open a selected app while Focus mode is turned on, you'll get a pop-up reminding you that the app is now paused.

"For example, we've added an option to automatically turn Focus Mode on and off for the days and times that you choose (e.g. from 9AM to 5PM on weekdays)".

Focus Mode is available on all Android devices that already have Digital Wellbeing, though it might take a short period for the update to roll out to everyone. Since then, Google has expanded access to Digital Wellbeing features and further integrated its features - including parent control app Family Link - into the Android OS.

Elsewhere across Google's product line it has developed settings and controls devoted to wellbeing, like YouTube's reminders to "take a break", automations for Gmail, downtime settings for Google Home, and more. After first announcing the feature at IO in May, Google is taking Focus mode out of beta and rolling it out to Android 9 and 10 devices.

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