YOUR iPhone has a new “out of office” style mode that warns people you’re too busy to text.
It’s designed to let people know you’re focusing on something else – so they won’t be alerted to your messages.
The new mode is called Focus, and it’s a toggle-on setting that tweaks how your iPhone works.
Your Focus mode can block incoming notifications from Messages.
And this will flag to anyone messaging you that you won’t receive a pop-up about their text.
However, they’ll still get the option to bypass your Focus and notify you anyway.
This is handy if there’s an emergency or someone is trying to tell you something really important.
But it will shut out everything else.
To access the new feature, you’ll need to wait for iOS 15 to come out – next month, most likely.
Or you can activate it early by downloading the iOS 15 beta.
This is the test version of the software that lets you try out all the new features before they go live to the world.
How to get iOS 15 beta on iPhone
The beta version of iOS 15 is already available for paying Apple developers but as of June 30 is also available to the the public for free.
If you want to try iOS 15 beta then you can sign up on the Apple Beta page and register with your Apple ID.
Then you’ll need to log in to the Beta Software Program and click on “Enrol” to sign up your iOS device.
Then you need to download and install the configuration profile.
The beta version of iOS will then be available in”Settings”, under “General” and then “Software Update”.
The official iOS 15 update should be available for everyone in September and it is likely to launch alongside or just after the new 2021 iPhones.
Don’t expect your phone to work perfectly with the beta version of any software as there will still be glitches that need to be resolved before the software is available to everyone.
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