How to Use Focus Mode on Mac

Since it's very easy to get in touch with someone (via calls, instant messaging, app alerts etc), it's also very easy to get distracted. Focus Mode, a new feature for Macs running macOS Monterey, is an extension of Do No Disturb that helps you limit distractions and notifications while you work. This minHour article will teach you how to set up and use Focus on your Mac.

Creating a Focus Profile

Open System Preferences.

You can do this by clicking the Apple logo in the menu bar that runs along the top of your screen, then clicking .

Click Notifications & Focus.

It’s with the icon of a notification badge and a bell.

Click the Focus tab.

You’ll see this tab centered at the top of the window next to Notifications.

Click +.

It’s below the panel on the left side of the window and clicking this will prompt a menu to drop down.

Click Custom.

This is usually the first item on the menu.

  • You can also click a premade Focus mode and adjust it to your preferences.

Name your custom focus mode.

Since you’ll later see this name in the Focus menu, make sure you can remember from the name what the settings are set to.

  • You can also assign a color and icon to the focus that will help you recognize it in the menu.
  • Click Add to continue.

Allow notifications (optional).

Under the header “Allow notifications from,” you can set the mode to alert you when you get calls or other alerts from people and/or apps. Click the to add an exception.

  • If you don’t want anyone to be able to contact you, leave this field blank.
  • Click Options to set if you want time-sensitive notifications (like Calendar reminders), to allow calls from your contacts or favorites, and to allow repeated calls.

Turn it on automatically (optional).

Under the box that is titled, “Turn On Automatically,” click to see a list of options. You can add time-based automation as well as automation that’s location- or app-based.

  • If you want to be able to turn this on manually, leave this blank.
  • Repeat this process to add different Focus Modes. You can add as many as you’d like.

Toggling Focus On and Off

Click the Control Center icon.

This icon looks like two toggles stacked on top of each other. You should see this icon in your menu bar.

Click Focus.

It’s next to a moon icon.

Click the focus mode you want to use.

Since all the modes that you created will show up here, you’ll want to know what settings are active for your most-used Focus Mode.

Select the time you want it to remain active for.

You can either pick the default “1 hour” to keep the Focus Mode active for an hour; alternatively, you can opt to keep the mode active for the rest of the morning/afternoon/evening (the wording will vary depending on the time)

  • You can turn this off by clicking the same Focus mode again.


  • Although you can make your personal Focus profile, there are usually two or three available from the start, depending on your version of the MacOS. You do not need to create one before using this feature.

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