What you need to know
- ActionDash 5.0 brings app groups and all-day modes to Focus mode.
- New Fresh Start feature hopes to end you returning to distracting apps when waking your phone up.
- App groups for Focus mode finally allow you to easily block different types of apps during different times of day.
ActionDash has been on a roll this summer, and after adding Focus mode schedules last month, the distraction maager now brings new enhancements that aim to help you avoid distractions during your off days as well as your work days with all-day Focus mode schedules and Focus mode app groups.
App groups allow you to create groups of apps that you can then toggle per schedule, allowing you to set a group of distracting apps that you want to block during your work days and a group of work apps you want to block during your down time. This is great news to those struggling to find a good work/life balance (like me) and pairs perfectly with the all-day option for Focus mode schedules that allows you to block out certain apps for entire days, which is great for unplugging on the weekends.
This update also adds 'Fresh Start', a feature that can help you avoid getting sucked back into the distracting app you were using before you turned off your screen. After a user-determined time frame — from 10 seconds to 20 minutes — Action Dash will kick your phone back to the launcher. Then the next time you wake the screen and unlock your phone, you're greeted with a fresh start on your home screen instead of that distracting social media app you left off on.
Speaking of weekends, you can now set Saturday as the first day of the week, something that was requested by users in Middle Eastern and North African users. Other miscellaneous improvements include the ability to block the Google Discover feed — if you tend to flick to that leftmost screen and get sucked in scrolling there — and setting the Action Dash language independent of the system language.
ActionDash's 5.0 update is rolling out right now via Google Play.
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.