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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Use and Configure Screen Time on Your iPhone or iPad (1)


How to Find Screen Time Settings

To find Screen Time settings, head to Settings > Screen Time. The “Screen Time” option is just under “Do Not Disturb” near the top of the Settings list.

If you only see a “Turn On Screen Time” option here with no data, that’s because Screen Time is currently disabled on your device. You can tap “Turn On Screen Time” to enable it, but you’ll need to wait for your iPhone or iPad to collect data about how you use your device before viewing any informative reports.

How to View Reports

To view reports about screen time usage, tap the report options at the top of the Screen Time screen. At the top of the screen, you can choose to see a report for only today or the last seven days.

You can also tap the “Devices” option at the top right corner of the screen and select which devices from which you want to see reports. For example, if you have both an iPad and iPhone, select “All Devices,” and you’ll see a combined report that shows how much you’ve used both devices. You can also select a single device to see only its usage report.

The graph here shows you how much you’ve used your device over the past 24 hours or the past week. Long-press a bar if you want to see exactly how much time it represents.

This data is also broken down by the specific type of application, so you can see how much time you spent using reading apps, productivity tools, entertainment applications, and games. This tells you exactly how you’re using your time.

Other information shown here includes how your current usage today compares to your average daily usage, the length of the most extended session you’ve used your device today, and the total amount of time you’ve spent using your device in the last week.

Look below the screen time graph for more information. Under the “Most Used” section, you’ll see how long you spend using specific apps—or you can tap “Show Categories” to see how long you’ve used specific types of apps.

Under the “Pickups” section, you’ll see how many times you picked up your phone or tablet today or in the last week. You’ll also see how often you’ve picked it up and the times when you most frequently pick it up.

Under the “Notifications” section, you’ll see how many notifications you get, when they arrive, and from which apps. This might make you realize one or more apps are bugging you too much and help in deciding whether to turn off their notifications.

How to Schedule Downtime

Screen Time lets you schedule “downtime” when only receive phone calls and use apps that you explicitly allow. For example, you might want to set downtime during the hours when you’re supposed to be asleep, which will—hopefully—prevent you from lying in bed on your phone rather than trying to sleep.

To schedule downtime, tap “Downtime” on the main Screen Time page and enable the “Downtime” option. Set your desired start and end times here. This setting will be synchronized to all devices you sign into using the same iCloud account, and you’ll see a downtime notification five minutes before your scheduled downtime.

When the downtime arrives, all the app icons on your home screen—except the ones you’re allowed to access, like Clock, Settings, and Safari—will be grayed out.

If you tap one, you’ll see a message saying you’ve reached your time limit. You can tap “Ignore Limit” to open the app anyway. You can then tell your iPhone or iPad to remind you to stop in fifteen minutes or to ignore the limit for today permanently.

After all, it’s your device, and you can do what you want. This won’t lock you out of your apps—the feature is just designed to give you a helpful nudge if you want it.

How to Set App Limits

The iOS operating system now lets you set time limits for specific categories of apps. For example, you might limit yourself to only 30 minutes of games per day, or just one hour inside social media apps. These limits reset every day at midnight.

To configure this, tap “App Limits” on the Screen Time page and then tap “Add Limit.”

Choose one or more categories of apps and then tap the “Add” button. You can also select “All Apps & Categories” here if you’d like to limit your time in all apps on your phone or tablet instead of specific types of apps.

Finally, select the maximum amount of time you’d like to spend on these apps every single day. You can choose different amounts of time for different days of the week if you like. For example, you might want to give yourself more time for games and other time-wasting apps on the weekend.

As with downtime, even when you’ve exceeded your time limit, you can still bypass the time limit and use the app, if you want. These limits are just designed to help you make plans and stick with them.

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