I've recently made the jump to go all-in on Apple, so I have 2 iPads (one for my daughter), a watch, and an iPhone. I have my iCloud+ account connected to each. I want to be able to control notifications and potentially sync for each of the devices with specialized settings for each; for example:

  • I want to disable notifications and disconnect messages from my daughter's iPad
  • I want to silence notifications on my iPad while I'm at my desk so the screen isn't turning on every time I get a notification

It seems like the Focus mode is the right way to control notifications, but I want to be able to configure it independently for each device, and it seems like it syncs across them. Is this possible?

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You can disable this buy going to System Settings → Focus and toggling the setting “Share across devices.” It’s enabled by default.

For full details, see Apple’s Support Document Set up a Focus on Mac and Use Focus on your iPhone or iPad

Share Focus iOS Screen

  • Do you need to have the same Apple ID on all devices? I would think they don't have the same Apple ID.
    – Thinkr
    Jun 16, 2023 at 14:20
  • @Thinkr I do have the same Apple ID on each. I think this is what I'm looking for. Thank you!
    – eriknelson
    Jun 16, 2023 at 15:14

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