Controlling the use of WhatsApp throughout the day is a complicated task, but an Android application reveals the time spent on the messenger and allows you to limit it, an attitude that can be important for chat addicts. QualityTime enables scheduled breaks to increase productivity at home or at work.
The tool has the same characteristics as the Dashboard, Android P, and activity control, iOS 12, both expected to debut worldwide until the end of the year. If you don't want to wait months to test the d feature, check out the steps below. In this procedure, we use a Moto C Plus with Android N (7.0).
Tutorial shows how to use the QualityTime app to control the time spent on WhatsApp Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
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How to install and configure the application on Android
Step 1. Download and install QualityTime. When starting the app, create an account or use your Facebook login to enable the tools. Then, tap "Allow" to proceed to Android settings.
Create an account or use your Facebook login on the QualityTime app for Android Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 2. When you are redirected to the mobile settings, select the QualityTime app and activate the "Allow usage access" feature.
Allow the app to collect usage information Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Creating scheduled breaks
Step 1. Open QualityTime and tap the list of applications in the center of the screen. The next window displays the time spent with WhatsApp and other applications during the day. To proceed, touch the three bar icon, located in the lower right corner of the screen.
Open the menu to set a programmed pause Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 2. Touch "Scheduled Pauses". Then, tap "Next" to create a usage profile.
Create a profile on the QualityTime app Photo: Reproduo / Bruno De Blasi
Step 3. Give the programmed pause a name and access the "Tap to select" option. At this point, check all apps except WhatsApp. That way, when the pause starts, the messenger is blocked for use. Touch "Add".
Select all apps, except WhatsApp, to limit usage Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 4. Tap on "Create" and, in the next window, use the three point icon in the upper right corner of the screen to create the programmed pause.
Save the profile and set a break time Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 5. Tap "Add". Then, set the time of the break and the days of the week for repetitions. To proceed, tap "Save".
Choose the time to pause the use of WhatsApp Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 6. Activate your pause for it to go live at the time and days of the week you selected.
Activate the pause Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 7. Your break will start at the scheduled time. WhatsApp being off the list of allowed apps.
Screen blocked by a scheduled pause of the QualityTime app for Android Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Use the tip to improve your productivity by decreasing the use of WhatsApp at important moments of your day.
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