How to Display an Emoji on Your iPhone’s Status Bar

With each new iOS system, we expect new features that improve the iPhone user experience. Apple’s latest iOS system, iOS 15, comes with a few features to get used to. One of these features is Focus. Focus mode on iOS 15 allows the smartphone and the user’s current activity to be in tandem. You don’t want your phone ringing when you’re at church. Focus mode can help you set up your device so that it doesn’t interfere with your activities.

If Focus mode is active, you’ll know because the status bar will have a small customizable emoji/icon right after the time. However, Focus Mode does not need to have any specific activities before the emoji will show up on the status bar. It takes a lot of detail and detailed information to fully configure the focus mode. For example, if you want Focus Mode to turn off notifications when you’re at church, you need to specify the time and day you’ll be at church. However, if all you want is to have an emoji in your iPhone’s status bar, it’s pretty easy if you know how to do it.

How to Get a Custom Emoji/Icon in Your ‌iPhone‌ Status Bar

Here are 10 simple steps that will guide you to have a custom emoji or icon on your iPhone status bar

  1. Click on the Settings application.
  2. Scroll down and click To concentrate just after Sounds and Haptics
  3. In the upper right corner of the screen you will see a + button, click on it
  4. Click on Custom
  5. Rename your Focus
  6. Choose your favorite emoji or icon you want to display, then click Next
  7. In your contacts, select who you want to send notifications to, then click Allow. Please note that you can choose all your contacts.
  8. Also select apps that can show you notifications. You can also select all apps if needed
  9. Click on Do
  10. Now toggle the switch to activate your Focus mode.

After following these steos above, you should see the custom emoji/icon right after the time in your iPhone’s status bar. Please note that you can change this emoji at any time. Just enter your focus mode options and choose a different emoji.

Focus mode

Currently, users have about 25 emoji/icons to choose from, including smiley face, flame, paw print and others. However, it is also important to note that Focus mode only works on iOS 15. Similarly for tablets, the iPad must be running on iPadOS 15. You can check which iOS version you have and update it if needed by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update.

However, it is important to note that there are certain scenarios that will restrict the display of emoji. For example, if location services are active and an app uses your location, the emoji will disappear. Indeed, there will be no place on the status bar for the emoji/icon. This also means that if an app is still using your location, the emoji won’t appear at all. The solution is to turn off Location Services by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

How to Create Focus on iOS 15

Simply put, Focus Mode helps users reduce distractions in critical situations. This feature filters notifications based on your settings, revealing what you will be doing at any given time. Moreover, Focus also lets you customize home screen pages and widgets. These pages and widgets only show relevant information when you need to focus. This reduces the temptation to get involved in “irrelevant” activities on the smartphone.

Steps to create a custom focus

  1. Launch it Control center and press the To concentrate button.
  2. Press the New focus button at the bottom, indicated by a plus sign.
  3. Select Custom to create a new Focus.
  4. Give your custom Focus a name and choose a color/emoji/icon to make it recognizable, then tap Next.
  5. On the next screen, tap Add a person to choose who you want to receive notifications from when Focus mode is on. You can also choose to receive calls from Everyone, Nobody, FavoritesWhere All Contactsthis being a separate call-specific option.
  6. Faucet Allow [X] The person Where Allow none.
  7. On the next screen, tap Add an app to choose which apps you want to receive notifications from when Focus mode is on.
  8. Faucet Allow [X] apps Where Allow none.
  9. On the next screen, choose to Allow time-sensitive notifications when focus is on or press Not now decide later.
  10. Faucet Do to finish creating the custom Focus.

As we said earlier, emoji options can be adjusted anytime after Focus Mode is enabled. When you go to Settings > Focus you will find additional settings. Here you will get the option to hide notification badges on app icons. Users will also have the option to hide certain ‌Home Screen‌ pages using the Custom page to toggle. Also, any silent notification you receive can show up on the lock screen if you need it.

Focus mode

Another important feature that comes with Focus mode is Smart activation. This option allows users to automatically enable Focus mode based on signals such as your location, app usage, etc. Similarly, you also have an add-on schedule or automation that will automatically activate focus mode at specific times, location, or when specific apps are active.

How to activate a focus mode

If you have customized your focus mode, activating a particular focus is quite simple.

  1. Click on Control Center
  2. Press the focus button
  3. Select the Focus you want to activate

You can also tap the ellipsis button (three dots) to activate it for “1 hour”, “Until tonight” or “Until I leave this place”.

Also, to disable focus mode, you can use the following steps

  1. Enter the control center
  2. Click Focus
  3. Press active focus

Please also note that when Focus is inactive, it remains disabled on all your devices.

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