How to Check Screen Time on Android

Smartphones and tablets consume a lot of our time each day. In fact, IT has impacted our lives so much that a new term has been introduced in orthopedic journals, known as Text Neck.

While you may not have this condition, it’s crucial to know how much time you spend each day on these devices.

Do you know how to check screen time on Android?

The feature came later due to the repetitive occurrence of neck-related issues. Around 2018, the Digital wellbeing feature was released to help regulate healthy phone use. Later Digital Wellbeing became essential for all Android Devices.

Here is How to Check Screen Time

  1. First, go to Setting, and scroll down to find Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls.
  2. Click on Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls and scroll down to see the breakdown of each application, with the total use of the day.

With this feature, you can divide the time you use for each application and set time restrictions.

How to Set App Timers

When you feel certain apps unknowingly and unintentionally take away most of your day, this feature will come in handy.

If you’re an avid cell phone user, first check how much time you spent on using Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. Then, you can always encourage yourself to restrict using some apps for some limited hours of the day.

Here is how you can check and set App Timers customized for each:

  1. In the Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls, scroll down to find Your Goals.
  2. Under goals, click on App Timers. 
  3. The feature will list down applications from most used on top and least on the bottom.
  4. Next to each app has a drop-down menu selected on No timer.
  5. Click on no timer, and set the time from 15m, 30m, 1h, or custom.

With these options, you are making a conscious effort to reduce the use of the app.

How to Set Bedtime Mode

Bedtime mode is a very wise feature that starts setting the tone for a good night’s sleep. We all have gone down this road. Usually, we pick the phone out of compulsion or Fear of missing out (FOMO), and bam! It’s 3 am already.

But if you set up the bedtime mode, the lights in your phone switch from bright white light to soft lights a few hours before bedtime.

And when it’s bedtime, the screen turns to greyscale to discourage the use of the phone. Also, the phone stops giving notifications from the application indicated.

Here’s how to set bedtime mode:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Now click on Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls
  3. On the Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls, scroll down to Wind Down
  4. After selecting wind down, you will find an option to select time and days
  5. Set them customized to your preference

Focus Mode

When you are working, notifications from a certain application can get distracting.

It’s not like the building is on fire, but the notifications urge you to pick the phone. But with the Focus Mode, you can select to mute certain applications.

Here is how you wean yourself away from social media and games while you work.

  1. In the Digital Wellbeing & Parental Controls, scroll down to find Focus Mode
  2. Click on the Focus Mode.
  3. In the focus Mode page, you will find an empty window popped up with Add button.
  4. On Clicking Add, you will be redirected to all the applications on your phone. Select the applications to be used when in focus mode.
  5. When done, you can go back and select Focus Mode to work without interruptions.

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