How to Use iPhone Emojis to Set Up Focus Status on iPhone

Learn how to customize your status bar on your iPhone with an emoji.

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You might be asking, “What is Focus Status?” Focus Status tells your contacts or apps that you are unable to respond to their messages for a certain period. While the feature has built-in Focus options such as “Do Not Disturb” and “Sleep,” you can create other Focus options with various iPhone emojis. Here’s how to customize your status bar with an emoji.

Related Article: How to Turn Off Automatic Emojis in iPhone Text Messages

Why You’ll Love This Tip 

  • Focus on certain tasks without being interrupted by notifications or calls.
  • Give your status bar some personality.

How to Use Emojis on Your iPhone to Create Focus Statuses

Emojis are a fun way to identify and liven up your different Focus modes, but before you can customize Focus with an emoji, make sure that your iPhone is updated to iOS 15. You can find out more about Focus modes before you begin, and to learn more about other new iOS 15 features by signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap on the Focus tab.

  3. In the top right corner, tap on the Plus icon.

  4. Tap Custom.

  5. Create a name for your Focus.

  6. Choose an emoji that you like.

  7. Choose whatever color you want your emoji to be. The color you pick will not be displayed in your status bar, but the color will show on the Lock screen of your iPhone.

  8. Tap Next.

  9. Choose who can send you notifications or select all your contacts. You can also choose who to accept calls from with this Focus mode on.

  10. Tap Allow.

  11. Select the apps that you want notifications from.

  12. Tap Allow, or select Allow None if you want to receive no notifications at all.

  13. Tap Done.

  14. Flip the toggle to enable your Focus Mode.

Once you're finished setting up your custom Focus Status, the emoji will appear next to the time in the status bar of your iPhone and on your Lock screen. 

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Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.