You can now try a key new feature from Android Q by installing a new app. ActionDash, an app that more or less clones Google's Digital Wellbeing features, has been updated to include a "focus mode" that works exactly like the focus feature built into the next version of Android.
When you enable focus mode, your phone will lock you out of apps you have marked as distracting. So if you go to open Instagram or your email, there will be a message saying you are locked.
Focus mode is not intended to be a particularly serious way to limit the use of telephone use, although it is more of a veil to stop you from thoughtlessly scrolling through a social media feed or another. Just like on Android Q, you enable Focus mode by simply tapping a tile in the Quick Setup panel. If you press it again, the feature is disabled, so there is nothing to prevent you from getting around the system, just a small obstacle before using selected apps.
(Android Q's focus feature appears around 6:30 in the video.)
This latest version of ActionDash version 3.0 adds another important Digital Wellbeing feature that was missing from previous releases: App Use Limitations. You can now specify how long you want to use an app each day and then lock yourself when you hit that limit.
At launch, ActionDash primarily replicated Digital Wellbeing data capabilities so you can see how long you've spent All your apps on a daily or weekly basis. This is useful info, but it is much more useful when it is paired with controls that allow you to set limits for your use. Now that ActionDash has them, it seems to have caught up with all of Google's key features.
The app is available for free even though it offers a $ 7 upgrade to more features including a dark mode, longer usage history and more customization.
ActionDash comes from the developer of Action Launcher, which replicates many features found on Google's standard Android home screen, but with multiple customization options.