Use focus modes to decorate your iPhone status bar with a heart, smiley face, fire, and more

iPhone and iPad owners are using Apple’s new focus modes to put an icon of their choice in their status bar. Focus allows the ability to set a specific icon for identifying when you have a particular mode enabled, so it’s easy to show a fun icon in your status bar.

Use focus modes to decorate your iPhone’s status bar with a heart, smiley face, fire symbol, and more

Parker Ortolani for 9to5Mac:

To get a custom icon set up in your status bar you’ll need to be running iOS 15 on your iPhone or iPadOS 15 on your iPad. There are more than 25 icons that you can choose from including fun ones like a smiley face, fire symbol, light bulb, and paw print.

Here’s how to get this configured on your own iPhone or iPad:

• Launch Settings
• Scroll down and tap Focus
• Tap the + in the top right
• Tap Custom
• Select your icon of choice
• Name your Focus
• Choose who can send you notifications (you can select all of your contacts if you’d like to)
• Enable all apps to show you notifications (this respects your custom notification settings)
• Tap Done
• Tap the switch to enable the Focus mode

MacDailyNews Note: Of course, if you have Location Services on, there isn’t a place for your new icon, so to reveal your focus icon on iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy and toggle Location Services off.

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7 Comments

  1. “There are more than 25 icons that you can choose from including fun ones like a smiley face, fire symbol, light bulb, and paw print.”

    It’s features like this that make me want to update!

  2. Of course, when you switch off Location Services to see a heart in your status bar, lots of things stop working. Like being able to find your iPhone if you lose it.

  3. But, when you see the heart-filled status bar, you will have great love for your people, your city and the World. Thank goodness for these digital aids.

    It’s worth the cost, if you loose your phone.

  4. Surely one of these icons must be the battery % number they shoved out the back door once the notch arrived? What’s next, a rainbow instead of the wifi icon and preferred pronouns instead of the clock?

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