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How to check screen time on Android

Digital Wellbeing and its importance

Digital Wellbeing wasn’t a thing until 2018 and since its launch, it has changed the way people use their smartphones. Digital Wellbeing keeps a check on your screen time, app usage, app timers, and display changers. 

For instance, most social media users spend hours scrolling through their feed without realizing how much time has gone by.  

Monitoring the screen time has become really vital in recent times as smartphone usage has taken over our lives and people are spending more time on their phones than ever. 

As technology becomes an integral part in people’s lives, it has also become more of a distraction for a majority of tech users. 

To help you out in your pursuit of digital wellbeing, I’m listing down a few ways you can smartly use your smartphone and spend more time on things that matter. 

From checking the screen time on Android, to managing your time on apps, let’s learn how to do this on your Android device. So without further ado, let’s get started. 

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Check screen time on Android

To check screen time on your Android,  you’ll have to set up Digital Wellbeing. Set up Digital Wellbeing on your Android device, using the following steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental controls

Step 3: Now, tap ‘Your Digital Wellbeing Tools’ and tap ‘Show your data

Once you set up Digital Wellbeing on your Android, you can find the screen time on the dashboard.

Manage your app time

You can control how much time you want to spend on each app. To enable the app timer, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental controls

Step 3: You’ll see the dashboard of your Digital Wellbeing with a chart of the time spent on various apps. It will also display the number of unlocks and notifications you received on the day. 

To set a timer for apps, tap on the chart.

Step 4: Now select an app you would like to set the time for

Step 5: Tap App timer

Step 6: Adjust the time for the app timer. Note that the app timer would reset at midnight. 

Step 7: Finally, tap OK

To delete an app timer, just tap on the delete button in Digital Wellbeing settings. Once you cross the app usage time limit, the app will stop and the app icon will go dim. To use the app again, change the settings in Digital Wellbeing.  

Manage your browsing time

Besides the app timer, you can also set a limit on your browsing time on Google Chrome. Not sure if you can relate, but it happens to me so often. I get lost in surfing and reading articles, spending a great deal of time from site to site–just like flipping pages of a thriller novel. 

But here’s the good news: browsing time limit for Google Chrome. To set up a limit on your browsing time on Google Chrome, follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental controls

Step 3: Tap the chart and select Chrome or select Show all apps and then select Chrome

Step 4: To check the time you spend on websites you visit regularly, locate Show sites you visit and tap it, next, tap Show. You’ll see the time you spend on each website. 

Step 5: To set a timer for any website, select the website and tap Set site timer

Step 6: Adjust the time limit and hit OK

That is all. Now when you overdo your surfing limit, Google Chrome will automatically close. If you are using another browser on your Android device, you can set the timer for that as well from the list of apps. 

Enable these modes

Digital Wellbeing also offers numerous modes for different purposes. These modes help you reduce distractions when you want to disconnect from your smartphone, be it for sleep or focus at work or study. 

Bedtime mode

Bedtime mode is aimed to improve your sleeping habits by scheduling changes to phone usage settings. Here’s how to set it up: 

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental controls

Step 3: Select Bedtime mode

Step 4: Choose when you want the bedtime mode to trigger- based on schedule or only while charging at bedtime.

When you turn on bedtime mode,  you can enable DND and grayscale mode as well. 

Focus mode

Focus mode allows you to block distracting apps while you get important things done. Check how to turn focus mode on.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android device

Step 2: Select Digital Wellbeing & Parental controls

Step 3: Tap Focus mode

Step 4: Now, select the apps you would like to block when the focus mode is on. When using the focus mode, you won’t be able to use these apps nor will you receive notifications from them. 

Step 5: Finally, tap ‘Turn on now’ 

To turn focus mode off, tap Turn off now in Focus mode. To use a blocked app, tap Take a break and set a timer for the break. 

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FAQs

Keep a check on your screen time

Have you been using these digital wellbeing tips yet? Now that you know how to check screen time and enable bedtime and focus mode on Android, go ahead and do that to improve the way you use your smartphone. 

Not just for yourself, your digital wellbeing is crucial for people around you as well. Follow these simple tips to start your digital wellbeing journey. 

I hope I brought some value to your Android usage and contributed towards your digital wellbeing. Let us know in the comments section below if these features made a positive impact in your life. Take care and stay safe! Until next time, cheers!

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