How to Make the Most of Apple’s Screen Time on Your iPhone or iPad – Do you find yourself wasting too much time on your iPhone or iPad? You can use Screen Time to set limits and create healthy device habits.
Are you or your children engrossed on their smartphones? Do you wish to reduce your workload? Apple’s Screen Time feature lets you monitor how much time you or your children spend on their phones, where they spend it, and which apps they use the most.
On your iPhone or iPad, you may set up several options to restrict particular apps or limit the amount of time you spend with them to help you break your smartphone habit. Because the function is cloud-based, it can track how much time you spend across all of your iOS devices.
Apple upgraded Screen Time in iOS 13 to include some new and improved features. By combining certain apps, app categories, and websites, you can now better control your access to specific material. Screen time for your children can be viewed in weekly reports with graphs and contrasted week to week. You can control who can contact you or your children via phone calls, FaceTime, or messaging if you upgrade to iOS 13.3 or above.
Here’s how to get started if you’re ready to confront digital addiction or simply keep track of how much time you spend staring at your phone.
How to Make the Most of Apple’s Screen Time on Your iPhone or iPad
You Should Update Your Device
To begin, make sure you have iOS 13.3 or later installed. To see if this is the case, go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down to the Version entry on the About screen. You’re OK to go if you see 13.3 or above on the list. If not, return to the General screen and press the Software Update entry to download and install the most recent version of iOS.
Activate Screen Time
Navigate to Settings > Screen Time and press the Turn On Screen Time option to enable Screen Time. At the Screen Time screen, read the information and then hit Continue. The next page inquires as to whether this device is intended for you or your youngster. Tap This Is My iPhone if it’s for you.
The passcode for Screen Time
Starting with the Settings app, Screen Time will now track how much time you spend with particular apps, services, and settings on your phone. Swipe the screen down. If you wish to secure your Screen Time settings and get more time with an app if the time limit expires, tap Use Screen Time Passcode. Enter the passcode and then retype it.
Multiple Devices Should Be Monitored
If you have more than one iOS device and want to record and monitor your Screen Time data on all of them, turn on the Share Across Devices switch. If two-factor authentication isn’t currently enabled, you’ll need to enable it. If you’ve set a passcode, you’ll be asked to enter it to enable cross-device sharing.
Set aside some time to relax.
You may now limit the apps and services you have access to, as well as how long you have access to them. Turn on the switch for Downtime by tapping the entry. You can set a time limit for which only certain apps are permitted. To set both for all days, tap the From time and then the To time, or tap Customize Days to specify different times for each day of the week.
Set Limits for the App
Return to the Screen Time menu and select App Limits > Add Limit from the drop-down menu. You can limit certain apps or leave the default setting for All Apps & Categories on the Categories screen. To see all of the apps in a category, tap it. Then you have the option of selecting an entire category or specific apps.
Set Limits on the Website
Swipe down furthermore and tap the Websites option. Tap Add Website and type the URL of the website you’d want to add.
Establish Time Limits
After you’ve chosen your desired apps, tap Next. Set the number of hours and/or minutes after which the apps in the categories you selected will be prohibited from further use on the Time screen. By choosing the Customize Days option, you may set a different duration for each day. By setting up various boundaries for distinct categories, you may differentiate between them. To finalize and see your settings, tap Add.
Limitations in Communication
Tap the Communication Limits option on the main screen. You can manage communications from others via phone calls, FaceTime, text messages, or iCloud from this location. After that, you can decide who has the authorization to contact you while Screen Time is on.
When Screen Time is activated, tap During Allowed Screen Time to pick who can contact you. To decide who can contact you during downtime hours, tap During Downtime. You can ban everyone except your contacts with Screen Time, but you can designate specific people with Downtime.
Tap Add Contacts from the option below if you choose Specific Contacts. You can then select which contacts you want to add, and only those individuals will be able to call you.
Certain apps should always be allowed.
Tap the Always Allowed entry in the main Screen Time menu. You may fine-tune your restrictions here to allow particular apps to get around the ban. Tap the + sign next to an app to add it to the permitted list. Tap the minus sign and then Remove to remove an app from the Always Allow list.
Set Restrictions on Content and Privacy
Return to the main screen and hit the Content & Privacy Restrictions entry. You can accept or ban specific content, update your privacy settings, and make other adjustments here. Turn on the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch.
Purchases from apps should be limited.
From the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu, select iTunes & App Store Purchases. Installing apps, removing apps, and making in-app purchases are all options. You can also ask for a password if you want to make in-app purchases in an app you’ve already downloaded.
Allow Only Certain Apps
Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions > Allowed Apps and toggle apps on or off to enable or disable specific apps. To allow or prohibit specific content from the App Store, the web, or other sources, go to Content & Privacy Restrictions > Content Restrictions and select what you wish to allow or prohibit.
You can adjust your settings in the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu under the Privacy section if you want to limit the data shared by certain apps. Allow or reject each admission by tapping it.
Changes are permitted.
Before any changes to the Content & Privacy Restrictions can take effect, they must first be approved. Allow or disallow each modification in the Allow changes area, and you’re done.
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