Use Driving Focus on your iPhone to concentrate on the road

With iOS 15, Driving Focus can help you stay focused on the road. When you have it turned on, text messages and other notifications will be silenced or limited.

After you've set up Driving Focus, you can ask Siri to read replies to you so you don't need to look at your iPhone. Incoming calls will only be allowed when iPhone is connected to CarPlay, a car's Bluetooth system or a hands-free accessory.

Set up Driving Focus

If you haven't previously used Do Not Disturb while Driving on iOS 14 or earlier, you'll need to set up Driving Focus in order to turn it on. Here's how: 

iPhone showing how to set up Driving 

  1. Go to Settings and tap Focus.
  2. Tap the Add button , then tap Driving.
  3. Tap Next, then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your options, such as Allowed Notifications.
  4. Tap Done.

Turn Driving Focus on or off

If you've previously used Do Not Disturb while Driving on iOS 14 or earlier, Driving Focus will appear as an option under Focus automatically. Here's how to turn Driving Focus on or off:

iPhone showing how to turn Driving on or off 

  1. Go to Settings > Focus and tap Driving. 
  2. Turn Driving on or off.

If you've already set up Driving Focus, you can turn it on or off quickly from Control Centre. Here's how: 

  1. Open Control Centre.
  2. Touch and hold Focus, then tap Driving to turn it on or off.

When Driving Focus is turned on, the Driving icon  will appear in the status bar and on the Lock Screen, and your status will be displayed in the Messages app automatically. When someone sends you a message, they'll see that you've silenced notifications, but they can still notify you if something is urgent.

iPhone showing how to turn Driving on automatically 

Turn on Driving Focus automatically

  1. Go to Settings > Focus and tap Driving.
  2. Tap While Driving under Turn on Automatically, then select one of these options: 
    • Automatically: Driving will be activated based on detected motion.
    • When Connected to Car Bluetooth: Driving will be activated when your iPhone is connected to a car's Bluetooth systems.
    • Manually: Driving can be activated manually from Control Centre.
    • Activate With CarPlay: Driving will be activated automatically when your iPhone is connected to CarPlay.

Customise your notifications

To allow notifications from certain people, follow these steps: 

iPhone showing how to customise notifications 

  1. Go to Settings > Focus and tap Driving.
  2. Under Allowed Notifications, tap People.
  3. Tap Add Person, then select the contact you want to allow notifications from.

Share your Focus Status

When you're setting up Driving Focus, you can turn on Focus Status so apps will display to people messaging you that you've silenced notifications. The apps will only know that you have silenced notifications. Apps won't know which Focus you have turned on, so the name will never be shared. Focus Status will be shared in apps when you have a Focus turned on and after you've given an app permission.

iPhone showing how to turn on Focus Status 

To turn Focus Status on: 

  1. Go to Settings > Focus. 
  2. Tap Driving. 
  3. Tap Focus Status, then turn it on.

Turn on Auto-Reply

With Auto-Reply, favourites and people you allow notifications from will be sent an auto-reply when you have Driving turned on. They can choose to notify you anyway by sending "urgent" as an additional message. Here's how:

iPhone showing how to turn on Auto-Reply 

  1. Go to Settings > Focus and tap Driving.
  2. Tap Auto-Reply under Options.
  3. Select an option, such as No One, Recents, Favourites or All Contacts.

From here, you can also customise the auto-reply message that people will receive if they message you while Driving Focus is turned on.

Learn more

Find out more about the Focus features that will let you concentrate when you need to step away from your device.

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