O Google updated the Digital Wellness at the Android 9 Pie and Android Q to include the distraction-free mode (focus mode): it allows you to temporarily block some apps so that you can focus more on work or studies. Notifications will be hidden until the feature is disabled.
The novelty appeared in the most recent beta of Digital Well-being: the option “mode without distractions” allows you to choose applications that will be paused when you wish. While this mode is enabled, the icon for each app will appear gray on the home screen, and you will not be able to open them.
Blocked applications continue to issue notifications, but they are hidden; they will become visible when you turn off distraction free mode. This can be done via a shortcut in the quick settings: Digital Wellbeing suggests adding a button in the middle of the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and airplane mode settings.
Thus, with the touch of a button, it is possible to block Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks that end up consuming your attention. After working or studying, just touch the same button to reactivate the apps. This could also be used to block work apps while you’re on vacation or after hours.
Digital Well-being allows you to create timers for apps on Android
I really like Digital Well-being because it allows you to put timers for applications: I set a time limit for some games, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. And when bedtime comes, Android silences notifications and turns gray scale on. Not everyone is a fan of this feature, and rumors are circulating that it can affect performance (Google denies).
If you are interested, you can install the latest Digital Wellness beta through the Play Store or via APK. That done, it is necessary to force the application to stop so that the new options appear. It is only compatible with Android Pie and Q.