How to set daily usage limits for Android and iOS apps


In recent years, the use of smartphones has skyrocketed around the world. Screen sizes have increased, battery capacity has increased, and the time spent by a user looking at their phone screen has also increased. Especially with the onset of the pandemic that caused blockages, people have spent more time in front of screens than ever before. While it’s inevitable, as most classes and meetings are now held online, taking a break from the screens is equally vital. If you’re addicted to non-stop scrolling on your Instagram feed or lose track of time while playing COD Mobile, it’s time to set daily app usage limits.

It is quite easy to infer what the daily limits of the applications are. If you think you’ve been using an app on your phone for too long and are slowing down while hurting your eyes, you can set a timer for the app. The application will only run for the duration of the timer. Once the timer has elapsed, you will not be able to reopen the application until the next day. It’s a great way to curb your social media addiction or at least a way to start your journey to spend less time in front of a screen.

Limits of use of the digital welfare application

You can set application usage limits on both Android and iOS. The steps to do this are different in both operating systems, so we’ll go over them individually. The steps for Android can be used on both an Android phone and an Android tablet. Similarly, the steps for iOS can be used on an iPhone and an iPad. In fact, Apple integration is so good that taking steps on one device will activate the application / service timer on all your Apple devices. For example, if you set up a Facebook application timer on your iPhone, you won’t even be able to access your Mac if time has elapsed.

That said, let’s go through the process and explain how to set daily application usage limits or app timers on your smartphone using Digital Wellbeing on Android and Screen Time on iOS.


How to set the limits of daily use of Android applications using digital welfare

Setting daily application usage limits on Android is fairly straightforward. We will use Digital Welfare for this. Here is the procedure.

  • Go to Configuration application on your Android device and scroll down until you find it Digital well-being.
  • Tap it and see the app usage statistics here. This includes how long you’ve been using an app and the number of notifications you’ve received from each app.

Digital Wellness homepage

  • With these metrics, you can determine which application to use over a long period of time and set a limit for that particular application.
  • Under the Ways to disconnect section, select panel.
  • You will now see a list of all the applications installed on your device. Select the hourglass icon next to the application for which you want to set a usage limit.

Android application usage limits

  • Set the timer to the desired duration. If you only want to use one app for 10 minutes a day, you can. Once done, hit Okay.

Timer for daily Android application limits

  • You can repeat this step for any number of applications you want.

The app has been paused on Android by the daily limit

  • Once the timer is set, you can continue to use the applications normally. If you start an application after using it for the specified time, you will receive a message telling you that the application has paused and you have run out of time.

How to set daily app usage limits for iOS using screen time

Screen Time is a feature that Apple introduced with iOS 12 to keep track of screen usage while you use your phone throughout the day. Like Digital Wellness on Android, you can use screen time to set application limits on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to do it.

  • Open the Configuration application on your iPhone and scroll down until you find it Screen time. Tap on it.

Screen time in iOS settings

  • Here you can see how long you have been using your phone. You can touch it See all the activity option for detailed application usage information.

IOS screen usage for application usage limits

  • To set usage limits for apps, tap Application limits option and then select Add a limit.

Add limits on iOS app usage

  • You will now see all your applications categorized by utility. Select the relevant category and the application for which you want to set a limit. You can also set limits for websites.
  • Choose the duration for which you want to set the timer. You can also select the application limit to be repeated on certain days of the week, such as the weekend.

iOS app timer

  • You can repeat this step for any number of applications you want.
  • Once the timer is set, you can continue to use the applications normally. If you start an application after using it for the specified time, you will receive a message stating that you have reached your application limit. You can then tap OK or postpone the timer by choosing Ignore limit option. Do not do this, however, as it exceeds the whole purpose of setting the limit.

Congratulations on taking the first step in curbing your smartphone addiction! Setting daily application usage limits can help keep you away from your smartphone or any screen in general. The only challenge is not to postpone the timer!


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