Several months ago I checked out the beta version of the newest Operating System for my iPhone. (Check out my blog on the subject.) I did this primarily because I had heard about Screen Time, a new app that helps you track the amount of time you are spending on your Apple devices. I only signed up for the trial on my iPad, because, if they were to release a beta OS that crashed the system, I didn’t want to be without my phone.
Well, now that they’ve fully tested the software and released it to the public, I’ve installed it on my phone, and updated my tablet. (By the way, I’m using iOS 12.0.1 on my iPhone and 12.1 on the iPad.) So, now there’s no getting around it. I spend a LOT of time on my devices playing games and checking social media. But, I’m also happy to see that I do actually spend more time reading, researching, and other productive activities. (Check out the grey bars!)
How often do I…
The App also tells me how many times a day I pick up my phone (54 times a day), and how my notifications I get (71 per day).
How to install Screen Time:
Screen Time is easy to activate and use once you’ve upgraded to the newest iOS. Simply go to Settings, and scroll down about one screen until you see Screen Time. Click on Screen Time, then “Turn on Screen Time”. Read the introduction, then click on “Continue”. Next, it will ask if this phone is yours or for a child. It will allow you to set up a downtime for the phone, and other parental permissions. (You may also notice that I have VPN activated on my phone. Here’s my blog about that subject.)
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