How to Use Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

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In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to use screen time on iPhone and iPad. Screen time, if you don’t already know, is a new feature on iOS 12 which allows users of an iOS 12 powered device like iPhones and iPads to keep track of their device usage, restrict certain contents and also limit the amount of time spent using some apps in a bid to curb smartphone addition. Screen time on iOS 12 is also similar to the Digital Wellbeing on Android 9.0 Pie and if you know about that then you should already understand how this works.

You can also use screen time to restrict some certain stuffs and limit app usage on your kids smartphone. If you set the screen time feature on your kids Smartphone, the reports about the usage of the device gets sent to you as a parent and you get to evaluate the usage pattern and know if some certain things needs to be limited. Overall, the screen time is a good feature and makes users aware of how much time they spend on their smart phones with the option to do something about it. That is, of course, if you want to. Without further ado, let’s figure out how to use the screen time feature on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12.

How to Use Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Before we begin, you need to make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 12. If it isn’t then you’ll need to update your device and if there is no update available for your device then you can’t use this feature. If your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 12 then simply follow the steps below.

  • Launch the Settings App and Click On “Screen Time” underneath Do Not Disturb.
  • Once your get to the screen time Menu, Click on “Turn on Screen Time”
  • You’ll be presented with two options to choose from which includes “Set this feature as a parent” and “Continue as a general user”
  • If you’re setting this for your child then select the “Set this feature as a parent” option and if you’re setting it for yourself then select the “continue as a general user” option.
  • After Choosing one, Click on Continue.
  • Now, You’ll be required to set a passcode so as to be able to make changes to your screen time settings discreetly and also to prevent others from making changes to your screen time settings. This also prevents your child (if you chose set this feature as parent) from making change to the settings you already put in place.
  • After providing the passcode, everything is all set and recording. Now you’ll get weekly/monthly reports about your smartphone usage or your child’s smartphone usage and will be able make change and limit certain things if you want to.

Now that the screen feature has been activated and up and running, you can go into the settings of the screen time feature and play around with the options which include Downtime, App Limits, Always allowed, Content & Privacy restrictions among other things. Each and every one of this options in the screen time Feature is aimed at helping you effectively manage how you make use of the apps installed on your iPhone or iPad and how you use your smartphone in general.

There you have it on the simple guide on how to Use Screen Time on iPhone and iPad,

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