Digital Wellbeing gets ‘Focus Mode’ in its latest update to keep you on track

Over the past year, Google has been rolling out a series of improvements in its Digital Wellbeing app. Several of these features include per-day Wind Scheduling, website timers, and support to more devices.

And back at Google’s I/O 2019 event, the tech giant announced a handful of upcoming feature for the Digital Wellbeing app. It includes the ‘Focus Mode’, which primarily pauses “distracting” apps and Family Link support. And with the latest beta update, version 1.0.26, ‘Focus Mode’ is now available in the Digital Wellbeing app.

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Digital Wellbeing ‘Focus Mode’ now available in the app

On Wednesday, the Digital Wellbeing beta has received an update. After updating the app, you may not see anything new yet. However, when you come back to the app after a while, Focus Mode settings should appear in the app.

Since it was revealed back in May, it is one of the most anticipated features to come to the Digital Wellbeing app. On the home page of the app, a list of your applications will display, most likely ranked by the user’s use time.

'Focus Mode' settings in Digital Wellbeing app
‘Focus Mode’ settings in Digital Wellbeing app

From this list, you can choose the apps that most likely is a great distraction to you from getting some work done. The ‘Focus Mode’ feature disables these apps to keep you on track.

In the same page, it also allows you to toggle the Focus Mode on/off from within the app, although it seems to be an inconvenient location. However, the update also includes a Quick Settings toggle for Focus Mode.

Quick Settings toggle for easy enabling/disabling of the Focus Mode in the Digital Wellbeing app
Quick Settings toggle for easy enabling/disabling of the Focus Mode in the Digital Wellbeing app

Disabled apps are grayed out in your home screen

Google’s Digital Wellbeing app truly is a genuine tool in monitoring your phone usage and maintaining a healthy relationship with it. Once the apps have been disabled, they are grayed out in your home screen. This way, you will find them less enticing and will refrain from using them.

Disabled apps are grayed out in your home screen
Disabled apps are grayed out in your home screen

So, if you are trying to get some work done and make sure that you won’t get distracted, you can enable Focus Mode on apps such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your favorite games. If you try to open these apps while on Focus Mode, you will be prompted with a message that says Focus Mode is enabled.

To regain access to these apps, you will have to go back to the settings and disable Focus Mode. But wouldn’t that be a waste of time, especially when you want some work done and focus on the task at hand?

Again, the Focus Mode is now available to Digital Wellbeing’s latest beta update 1.0.26. If you aren’t yet, click here to be a part of the latest beta and get the Focus Mode rolling.

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