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How to silence your iPhone or iPad when reading

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Use “Reading” focus mode to automatically block interruptions on your iPhone when you open reading apps, like Kindle.

iPhones (and iPads) are great reading devices, especially for those times when you don’t have access to an eReader. It’s still a phone (or tablet), though, and phones (or tablets) are distracting. We’ll show you how to automatically block distractions when reading.

Thanks to a feature called “Focus,” you can set specialized Do Not Disturb modes for different situations. We can set up a special focus mode that will be automatically enabled when you open the apps you use for reading. Let’s do it.

RELATED: What is Focus on iPhone and iPad, and how is it better than Do Not Disturb?

First, launch the “Settings” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

open the app "Setting".

Select “Focus” to start.

touch "Focus".

You’ll see a list of premade focus modes; the one we want is “Reading”.

Select "Reading".

From here, it’s all about customizing how you want reading mode to work. We can start by selecting “Choose people” to decide who will be able to interrupt.

touch "choose people".

After adding people, you can decide if you want any apps to be able to interrupt by tapping “Choose apps”.

touch "choose apps".

You also have the option to have custom lock and home screens when Reading mode is enabled.

Customize your home and lock screens.

The most important thing to configure is the “Activate automatically” option. Select “Add schedule”.

Select "add schedule".

Now select “Application”.

Choose "App".

Pick an app you use for reading. To select more than one, repeat the previous step and choose another app.

Choose a reading app.

Lastly, there is a “Sharpen Filters” option at the bottom of the screen. You can use this to filter specific notifications from Calendar, Messages, and Safari.

touch "focus filter".

That’s all about it! When you open your reading apps, all the notifications you blocked will not be able to bother you. It’s a handy little feature to help you focus. There’s a lot more you can do with Focus mode, so be sure to check it out!

RELATED: How to set up Focus on iPhone and iPad

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