iOS 15.1 update didn't fix Share focus status not working issue, as per some user reports

After the launch of iOS 15 with iPhone 13, many were eager to get their hands on and experience Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The latest version of iOS brought in several handy features aimed at improving user experience.

One of them is the Share Focus status. The newly introduced features help users stay away from their devices and concentrate on work by letting them choose when they want to receive alerts and notifications.


Keeping users in mind, Apple included three focus presets, namely, Do Not Disturb, Personal, and Sleep. Moreover, you can also share your Focus status with others to let them that you are unavailable and that your notifications are silenced.

However, some users said that their Share focus status function was not working at all. Many said their friends were unable to see their status with none of the contacts they shared status with receiving any notifications.

With that being said, many thought that the issue would be resolved with the release of iOS 15.1. But it looks like the issue was never fixed with reports suggesting that it has made its way to iOS 15.1.


I have this issue and there doesn’t appear to be a fix so far. The only thing I haven’t tried is starting fresh and setting my phone up as a new device. My iPad has the focus toggle which is on but, my phone doesn’t and it seems to override the rule.

So I’ve just read all the focus status stuff My focus is enabled, it’s allowed to be shared Messages has access to focus in settings When I go to a contact with iPhone through messages it still gives me the option to toggle it on? I’m reading it’s supposed to be on by default or does the “share focus status” in messages do something else? I don’t know many iPhone users, especially those I can casually message to check this with me

With Apple yet to say anything on the matter, it seems highly unlikely that the Share focus status issue will be resolved anytime soon. Right now, users can just hope that Apple acknowledges the issue and gives us an ETA on when it will be fixed.

As always, we will keep an eye on the matter and update this space as and when required. In the meantime, be sure to check out our dedicated iOS 15 bug tracker to see which bugs and issues are currently affecting users.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Apple Section so be sure to follow them as well.

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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.