Screen Time is an app that comes preloaded on iPhones (or available with a system update) that tracks the time you spend on your phone on specific apps and how many times you pick it up. While Screen Time is specific to iPhone users, there are tons of similar apps available for Android or other operating systems (here are a few).
The app breaks out your screen time between different categories such as social networking, productivity, and other – allowing you to see how much time you spend on different apps. It will also show you the number of times you pick up your phone and the number of notifications you receive (from any app), both averaged by the hour.
Aside from showing you how much time you spend glued to your phone, it also provides some features to help combat this. You can set a downtime schedule where during those hours, only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls will be available, helping you to limit use of your phone. You can also set app limits which allows you to select daily time limits for specific apps. But, don’t worry, if you exceed the limit you aren’t blocked from that app forever, you do have the option to extend it or turn it off.
If your device is used by your kids or other family members, you also have the option to block certain content and set up screen time limits for family members.
I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to see how much time I was spending on my phone, especially on social media and such—it’s quite eye opening. However, it has really made me aware of how much time I spend on my phone and pushes me to put it down more often. Too many times nowadays you can look around and see the majority, if not all, of the people around you on their phones. It could be for work, but, whatever the reason, this app will help you to be more conscious of your screen time and motivate you to spend less time on your phone.
What’s your favorite app to get insights about how you use your device?