How to Customize Focus Home Screen Pages in iOS 15

Tailor your home page settings to avoid distracting notifications and apps while in Focus Mode.

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One of the coolest Focus features is the ability to customize which Home Screen notifications and apps you are able to view! Limiting which alerts and apps you see can help you avoid distractions while you're trying to work or wind down before bed. We'll walk you through customizing which Home Screen pages and apps you see while a Focus mode is enabled.

Related: How to Hide Apps on the iPhone & Find Them Later

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Avoid bothersome Home Screen notifications while a Focus mode is enabled.
  • Hide unnecessary apps so you don't have to worry about distractions.

How to Customize Home Page Settings for a Focus Mode

You can create an iPhone Home Screen page that shows only what you want to see while in a Focus mode. This will allow you to avoid distractions and worries about missed notifications while you're trying to focus on other things! Below we'll show you how to customize the notifications and apps shown on your Home Screen while a Focus mode is activated. Focus is a new iOS 15 feature, so if you have an earlier software version you will need to update to iOS 15 before using this tip.

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  1. Open Settings

  2. Tap Focus

  3. Tap the Focus mode you want to customize your Home Screen settings for, such as Do Not Disturb. 

  4. Under the Customization section, tap Home Screen

  5. If you want to hide notifications for Home Screen apps, tap the Hide Notification Badges toggle

  6. If you want to see only certain Home Screen pages and hide others, tap the Custom Pages toggle. 

  7. To choose which Home Screen pages you see and don't see during this Focus mode, tap Choose Pages

  8. Tap to select the Home Screen pages you want to be able to see while this mode is activated.
  9. Home Screen pages not selected will be hidden while this Focus mode is active. 

  10. Tap Done

Now when you activate this specific Focus mode (we used Do Not Disturb in our example), notification badges will be hidden and you'll only be able to view the apps on the Home Screen pages you selected. If you ever need to access a hidden app while in Focus mode, you can still swipe left and pull it up in your App Library! This just makes it a little more difficult to mindlessly open your social media apps or to get worried you're missing out on something fun when message notifications show up. Once the Focus mode in question is disabled again, you'll go back to seeing what you normally see on your Home Screen pages!

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.