What is Focus Assist in Windows 10 and How to Manage Focus Assist Settings?

What is Focus Assist in Windows 10?

The following article will help you understand what Focus Assist is in Windows 10 and how focus assist works?

Focus Assist is something when you are in your system and you want to be alone with no distractions.

Notifications for emails, texts, and more can be annoying, regardless of whether you’re working hard at your job or unwinding with a game after work. Focus Assist is the one who can help you with this.

By following these steps, you can instruct Windows to leave you alone while you’re working.

What is Focus Assist?

Focus Assist was initially known as Quiet Hours and introduced to Windows 10 in 2018.

You can manage your alerts more effectively with this function, which will help you work more efficiently and without interruption when it’s necessary to maintain concentration.

By default, it is configured to turn on automatically when you use an app in full screen mode, play a game, or duplicate your display.

Notifications can be suppressed to a certain extent, and you have control over any or all of these.

Note: For Windows 11, Do not disturb has replaced Focus Assist.

How to Use Focus Assist in Windows 10?

Here’s how you can enable or turn-on the Windows 10 Focus assist feature:

Step 1. Open the Windows 10 Settings app. Win + I is the keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

Step 2. Click on System tile

Step 3. From the left sidebar, click Focus Assist to expand the option to the right

Step 4. You will have a few options to choose from below:

  • Off – This means you will get all notifications and alerts
  • Priority only – Only alerts that are deemed extremely important are permitted. (Can be customized using option “Customize your priority list”.
  • Alarms only – Except for any alarms that you have set, this will stop all notifications.

focus assist in windows 10

Priority only: Customize your Priority List

Click Customize your priority list to specify what you think is important if you select the Priority only option.

For example, using the Priority list page, you can choose whether to accept or reject incoming calls, texts, and reminders for an Android phone connected to Windows.

You can choose any individual you wish to get notifications from by clicking Add contacts under the People tab.

Furthermore, by clicking Add an app, you can choose which apps you want to receive notifications from.

focus assist priority list settings


Set Automatic Rules

Additionally, you may customize the ways that Focus Assist operates when you are playing a game, sharing or duplicating your screen, or using full-screen mode.

Note: Moreover, check mark the box of “show me a summary of what I missed while focus assist was on”.

You will receive a reminder about the items that were sent to the Action Centre after you leave Focus Assist.

[Read: Restore Missing Action Center in Windows 10?]

focus assist automatic rules settings

Where is the Windows Action Centre located?

Click on the Action Centre icon in the lower-right corner to bring up the Action Centre. The side panel will provide a list of notifications that you have missed while focus assist is enabled.

Windows action centre

Focus Assist FAQs

Open the Action Center shortcut in the lower-right corner of your screen (or press Windows + A), then select Focus Assist to move between the three.
You can only accept notifications that are deemed highly important by selecting Priority only.
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