How does Screen Time in iOS 12 work and do you need it

With the release of iOS 12 beta 2, the company fixed a bug that prevented the launch of a new section on-screen time. Now you can use it fully.

This section displays statistics on the use of all applications on the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Let’s figure out what a new section is capable of.

1. Usage statistics

Screen time displays how much time you spend on certain types of programs. And if the widget of this section worked for you before, now all the statistics have been reset.

This screen displays statistics for all your devices. It also shows how much you use the gadget, as well as how much it is at rest. In this case, the average time of use is calculated and it is written how well it corresponds to the norm.

In addition, on this screen you can track which sites you spend the most time on. And how much time it takes you to a particular program specifically.

Note that the iPhone even counts the number of raises and activations of the screen per day. As well as the total number of notifications for all programs.

2. Program limits

In this section, you specify an access code to unlock programs.

Applications are divided into categories: education, productivity, creativity, entertainment, health and fitness, social networks, reading, games and more. You can impose your own limit on the use of each category of programs.

That is, in the Program Limits you place restrictions on the use of software during the daytime. Of course, each application can be unlocked for 5.10, 15 minutes, and so on. The function is configured daily manually, or you can schedule an application for a week to come.

3. Always allowed

Despite the fact that you have blocked all the necessary applications, you can always keep the most necessary ones without blocking. You can select such programs in the Allowed always subsection .

The phone, Messages and FaceTime do not fall under the base lock. The last 2 can be removed from the list. You can control the lock for each application on the device.

4. Content and privacy

Perhaps the biggest subsection of screen time.

Here you control the basic settings of the gadget and Apple ID. For example, you can prohibit changing the Face ID and password-code (the section in the settings will disappear), prohibit making in-app purchases, install and remove applications, limit the volume and so on.

In fact, it is more subtle and individual control device. Moreover, if you are in the family and are its creator, then you have full control not only on your devices, but also on family members.

Here you can fully customize and track the performance of other family members. Just an unreal function!

5. alone

This is the easiest subsection of Screen Time. In it, you set up a time when access to programs is denied.

For example, when you go to bed. And if you wake up in the middle of the night and decide to get on Instagram, the iPhone will not allow it. When entering the password for Screen Time, you can use the program for 5 minutes. Then it will block again.

Is the new section useful?

Yes, yes and yes. This is a really important innovation in Apple devices.

This is not just extended parental control, it is control over yourself and your gadgets. And he, as for me, is able to really increase your productivity and reduce interaction with equipment.

Thank you, Apple!

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