Most of us spend the majority of our daily time on our smartphones and our kids are no exception. It’s true our smartphones make our daily tasks a lot simpler, however, cell phone addiction is a serious deal as well. in iOS 12, Apple introduced the Screen Time feature to provide you with some detailed information on how you and your kids are spending your time on your iPhone or iPad. Here is a full tutorial on how you can use iPhone Screen Time feature.
Enable iPhone Screen Time
There is no separate app for iPhone Screen Time, however, it is more than just a pack of features. As soon as you upgrade to iOS 12, it might not be obvious where the Screen Time can be accessed from. All Screen Time features are accessible right from the Settings menu. Here is how you can access the Screen time menu.
- Launch Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
- Scroll down and find Screen Time (It is grouped with Notifications, Sounds & Haptics, and Do Not Disturb)
- Tap Turn On Screen Time to enable it
Once you turn on the Screen Time feature, you will be asked if you are setting up your iPhone or your child’s iPhone. If you are setting up your child’s phone, you will need to set a passcode as well.
The first thing that you see when you set up the Screen Time feature is a graph representing your average spent time on different tasks. You can see time spent under Productivity, under Reading & References and time spent on different apps such as Messages.
In order to get a better grasp of how you have spent your time on your iPhone, tap the Last 7 Days to get a longer time frame.
iPhone Screen Time features
When you take your first look at the Screen Time section of your iPhone or iPad, things might seem a little bit overwhelming. However, when you take your time to get a deeper look at it, you will notice that it offers a handful of extremely useful tools. ow let’s take a look at all the components of the iPhone Screen Time feature.
The first section that you need to set up in the new Screen Time section is the Downtime. So, right after you opened the Screen Time menu, tap Downtime and toggle it on to enable it. Next, you need to set Start and End Time during which your access to specific sections of your phone will be limited.
During your defined Downtime period, only apps that you have chosen in the Always Allowed (we will get to this later) sections are accessible and the rest of the icons will be dimmed and tapping on them will display a message saying you have reached your time limit for today! Of course you can just tap the Ignore Time Limits option to start using the app.
App Limits section is located right beneath the Downtime feature and what it does is to tailor your app usage time in specific categories. This is while Downtime generally restricts particular apps in a defined time period.
In order to set up a limit, just tap App Limits in your iPhone Screen Time menu and then tap the Add Limit option on the next window. Now, you need to choose a category for which you want to add an app. Let’s say you are addicted to your Instagram app and you can help it. So choose Social Networking from the list of categories and tap Add. What you need to do next is to define how long you are allowed to access the apps in this category during the day. When your time for using a particular app is up, the icon will be dimmed and an hour glass icon will appear next to it.
As the name entails, this is the section where you add apps to be always allowed. So, if you add a particular application to the Always Allowed section, you will be able to to use it all the time even during your Downtime or if you have reached the limits for using it.
Content & Privacy Restrictions
This is the section where it allows you to block different types of inappropriate content and control types of personal data you share online.
Under Content Restriction, you can set limits for specific content or apps.
Under Privacy you can control different options such as your shared location, accessing your Bluetooth and a lot more.
Set Up Screen Time for Family
This is the section of your iPhone Screen Time feature that allows you to get a report of the usage time across all the synced devices belonging to your family members.
You can just select your child’s phone in the family section and from there you can set Downtime and App Limits for their phones. Also, whenever you head to this section, you can see the analysis of what they are doing on their iPhone and iPad and how much time they have spent on them.
In addition, you can also set a Parental Control PIN so that you child will not be able to change the settings through the Screen Time menu on their phone.