Tom Klaver

Localizer of iOS/Mac apps by night and co-founder, designer of Lifelapse and Rototray. I love to dig inside resources. Email me.

iOS 6’s Hidden Feature: Do Not Distract

I started reading books again but it took a new feature in iOS 6 to not distract me anymore. I got my focus back like in pre-iOS 3 days, when notifications were a thing we could only dream about.

Try this:

  1. Turn on Guided Access in Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Switch to your book app.
  3. Triple-click the Home button to invoke Guided Access.
  4. Tap ‘Done’.

Notifications will now be hidden, and the multitasking tray and Notification Center can’t be invoked anymore.

Switching to your distraction apps now takes 3 clicks on the Home button, filling in a passcode, a tap on the ‘End’ button and a click on the Home button. Enough of a hassle to stay focused, I believe.

Give this a try if you’re in a writing or reading mood. It really helps for me.

  1. klavr posted this