Desperate for the amount of time you spend using the phone? Do you think that you are losing concentration ability because of WhatsApp or by looking too much at social networks? Well, there are no magic solutions for you to stop watching your phone's screen for hours and hours.
But at least Google on Android 9 and Apple on iOS 12 took action on the matter and introduced functions to control the amount of time you spend using your device. Before you continue reading if you use an older version of Android we recommend that you read this article that we published in his day, and if you use an iPhone with iOS 11 or a previous version of the system we have to tell you that there are no magic applications to control the time you spend hooked to the phone.
How to limit the use of the phone in Android
As we have already said if you have Android 9 you can use the time limit of use of the phone in the operating system settings. But if the option was not available because the phone's manufacturer did not include it, you can add the Google Digital Wellness app to be able to use it.
Once installed, or if the options come by default, we have prepared a video tour along these lines for all the possibilites that are offered to us. In our case we have used a Huawei P30 Pro, in this terminal the functions of time control are called Digital Balance.
We can limit the daily use we spend in front of the phone screen, although adding exceptions in a few days. In order to establish mobile rest days if we wish. Once we activate this option we must establish the applications that we want to limit their time of use.
Obviously, if we watch movies on the phone, or tablet, we should indicate that the video applications are always active. And so with all those that we consider essential and that do not alter our well-being and rest. The messaging or social networks may be the ones we are most interested in having at bay.
A very important function: the one that tells us that it is time to go to sleep and stop having our brain active by the interaction with the phone "
A very important function: the one that tells us that it is time to go to sleep and stop having our brain active by the interaction with the phone. Here is a very interesting thing that Android has and that it is not possible to activate on the iPhone: we can ask that the screen at a certain time happens to be without color, with a gray scale.
After having for several days the phone in that mode, this journalist has found that a screen without color is much less attractive than a screen full of color. So this is one of the most useful functions. But to control our sleep we can also establish that from a certain time we can not access certain applications. Finally we can access statistics that show us the applications that we use the most. Some may be related to work, such as email, but we can also discover some surprises. More than one can be scared to check the hours spent browsing Facebook or using WhatsApp.
How to limit the use of the phone on the iPhone
For the users of an iPhone, or an iPad, with iOS 12 we must go to the system settings and there access Time of use. The first thing we can configure is the downtime, which comes to determine the rest period we want to establish. Once activated, a series of applications that we select are deactivated. Although we can skip that restriction for 15 minutes or throughout the day simply by clicking on the deactivated icon of the app. An easy obstacle to overcome, really.
What is not so simple is surfing the Internet if we activate this. Well Downtime will ask us the same thing every time we enter a certain web that in the applications. That is a nuisance that leads to less browsing the network without any doubt. The next thing we can define is a time of use per application, and here there is not much to add regarding what we have already explained about Android.
We can also establish that there is a series of applications always allowed. For example, it may be to receive phone calls. Although here we can say that we can always use the do not disturb mode, whose options are not included in Time of use, to define that we only receive calls from a handful of contacts that we establish as favorites.
Apple's operating system also allows us to set content and privacy restrictions with multiple options. The content ones really will only be useful in most cases if those who use the device are smaller. In this case, if you want to control the type of content you access, the apps you can download or if you can make purchases or not.
We can skip the restriction of time of use during 15 minutes or during all the day simply by clicking on the deactivated icon of the app "
In the privacy section we can control the use made by some applications of things like our location or access to our contacts. Although the options are really quite broad, you can also control things like the use of the microphone.
Something very interesting If all this takes us a long time to configure it, Apple have thought about the possibility of sharing these settings with other devices of their own. If we have an iPhone and an iPad we can transfer everything we have chosen from the first to the second. In addition, it is possible to protect access to these functions of the operating system by means of a password. Something that can also be useful for devices that are used in education.
If we have an iPhone and an iPad we can transfer from the first to the second everything we have chosen in the Time of use options