One issue that has taken the spotlight of technological media (and media in general, more broadly) over the past year has been the issue of smartphone addiction. The phenomenon has already been treated as a potential public health problem, and various institutions, such as Time Well Spent, were created to discuss ways to combat it; Experts have publicly questioned the role of major players in the industry, such as Apple, in a possible process of curbing addiction.
The fact that the discussion has had an effect: In recent times, many companies and developers have introduced usage control features from social media representatives like Facebook, to software giants like Google. Apple, of course, was not left out of the party, and brought as one of the big news of iOS 12 the tool Use Time (Screen Time).
At first glance, the feature may look like nothing more than a simple graph indicating how much time you have spent on your device and with the option to provide alerts after a predetermined usage limit. However, by exploring their options a little more, you can see that the tool has real conditions to help someone who is in a negative relationship with the iPhone or iPad, encouraging the adoption of healthier habits in this regard. Let's take a look?
Usage Time can be found in the Settings of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12. Tapping on it, you are initially presented with a basic panel of your device's usage pattern throughout the day or your devices once That is, if you have more than one device connected to your iCloud account, the tool will take into account the combined usage information from all of them (if you wish).
This splash screen shows how much time you spent using your device (s) throughout the day, with a breakdown of app categories so you understand where you are spending your attention most often. By the way, it is good to remember that if Use Time is enabled, you will receive a notification every Sunday with a report of your weekly use of the devices.
Tapping the "All Devices" option (or the name of your device, if you only have one) above this basic view, the feature begins to detail this information in various ways. There is a graph showing the amount of minutes spent on the device at each hour of the day (swipe the graph for more information), the usage breakdown by app and device activation statistics ie how many times you have lit and unlocked your iPhone / iPad to interact with it throughout the day.
Going further down that same screen, the feature shows you how many notifications you received throughout the day, displaying an hourly chart and listing which apps are sending you the most notifications even though you can tap an app and set your notification options, to decrease them or even totally block them.
Still on this screen, it is possible to filter the information by device by tapping the "Devices" option in the top bar or, at the top, switch to a weekly view in this case, the tool will take into account its accumulated use of the last seven days.
Returning to the Usage Time home screen, we have four features below the overview. O Rest It is a tool that allows the user to set a period of the day (presumably when you should be sleeping) where the device should not be used. When enabled, it will display a warning every time you try to use iPhone / iPad during the scheduled time; You can ignore this warning by choosing to be reminded in 15 minutes or by dismissing it completely for that day (but the weight on consciousness stays, which may be effective for the desired effect).
The resource Apps Limits, in turn, has a similar principle but, instead of taking into account a period of time, it works with applications. You can select a category of apps you are spending a lot of time on (social media or games, for example) and set a daily limit for it; You can edit which apps are in this category or not, and assign different limits for each day of the week. When the time is up, the icons of the apps in question will be dimmed and the limit warning will appear if you try to open them; As with Rest, you can ignore this warning for 15 minutes or all day.
Below we have the screen Always Allowedwhich, as the name implies, allows you to select apps that are always open for unrestricted use. The phone is always there by default and cannot be removed (even for emergency reasons); Any other application on the device, native or not, can be added to or removed from the allow list.
Finally, we have the option Content and Privacywhere you choose what aspects of the system the user can access, including iTunes Store purchases, allowed apps, content restrictions, and other privacy factors. This tool is especially useful if you have Family Sharing enabled in your account because Time of Use allows parents to set limits or blocks on their child's iPhones / iPads remotely and track their usage patterns on their own devices; Children may request more time to use and you decide (remotely) whether to grant or not.
You can further scroll down to view your family members' information in Family Sharing (if you have the feature enabled, of course), enable or change the Usage Time password (which is required to make changes to your settings or free up extra usage). apps) and shut down the tool completely if you wish.
Did you write it down? Now run to your iPhones or iPads to set the news a little bit of moderation in the use of handsets, after all, never hurt anyone.