Man­age gad­get habits

Dis­cover how Screen Time can help keep de­vice us­age in check

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Daryl Bax­ter

Some­times you need your de­vices not to dis­tract you, so you can fo­cus on the task at hand. Do Not Dis­turb can help with that, but that’s only one way in which your iOS de­vices can help you bal­ance your life.

Screen Time in iOS 12 en­ables you to mon­i­tor your de­vice us­age. It also pro­vides ways to man­age your ac­cess to apps and web­sites, such as by im­pos­ing a daily time limit. First, you’ll need to switch it on in Set­tings > Screen Time. Do this on each iOS 12 de­vice that’s con­nected to your iCloud ac­count, so you get a more com­plete pic­ture of your gad­get use. (macOS doesn’t of­fer Screen Time at present).

Use your de­vices as nor­mal, then check in with that page af­ter a week. The statis­tics that have been recorded may give you cause to take ac­tion over your iPhone or iPad us­age. This is just the start of what Screen Time of­fers. Em­pow­ered by that data, you can use its other fea­tures to en­sure sen­si­ble gad­get use — and we’re go­ing to show you how to do that right here.

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