Apple knows its products can be addictive, and with iOS 12 they do something about it. With the help of Screen Time and several other new tools, it should now be much easier to leave the phone and enjoy life in the real world.
Apple wants to preserve our digital well-being. With notifications and social media, many of us spend way too much time with our faces buried in our displays. Curbing a smartphone dependency is easier said than done. We need tools to keep us in check, and this is where the new features of iOS 12 come in.
Apple has not just stopped using a new "Digital Health" tool. They've also enhanced Do Not Disturb mode and notifications with features that make it easier to put your phone back in your pocket. In combination, we can eventually stop being slaves to our phones ̵
Weekly Activity Summary
Screen time consists of some tools you can manage How long do you use your phone every day? It begins with Weekly Activity Summary a weekly report detailing how you used your phone in the past week. You can find the weekly activity overview by tapping your name in Settings -> Screen time.
This report shows which apps you use most often and for how long. You'll also see how many times you turn on your phone and which apps send you the most notifications. The reports not only tell you how often you use your phone, but also at what time of day and in what location, and give you important insights into your extensive phone usage.
While the information can be found in the weekly activity summary In order for you to make your own decisions, Apple has provided you with some tools that will help you in the right direction when it comes to phone usage. One of the first choices is App Limits .
App Limits allows you to assign a daily time limit for individual apps. As you approach the time limit, you'll receive screen time notifications (known as reminders) that let you know you're almost at your limit.
When the time runs out, you will be greeted with a message about the limit each time you select the app. Once the day ends, restart the timer and you can return to the app as usual. For those who need it, Apple also has tools to extend the time limit when needed.
To set up this feature, go to the "Screen Time" menu in Settings, choose "App Limits," and tap "Add Limit."
From there you can see a list of app categories. If you want to restrict your gambling addiction, select "Games" or "Social Networks" for social media apps here and so on You can restrict the use of all apps by selecting "All apps & categories", or you can limit the time in uncategorized apps by selecting "Other." You can even select multiple categories at the same time, but when done, tap "Add."
DND also gets new modes to enhance your digital well-being A new "Bedtime Mode" activates a condensed and dimmed lock screen during night hours to ensure that you are not distracted by a wall of notifications when checking the time
To turn this feature on, go to Settings -> Do Not Disturb, then check the box next to "Scheduled". Then tap the From / To field to select the hours in which Bedtime Mode should be active each night, and make sure the Shift button next to Bedtime Mode is on.
When you wake up in the morning, the normal multi-color background replaces the all-back lock screen found at night, along with weather and a new message. When you're ready to see the missed notifications, you can unlock your device and open the Notification Center for the ad.
After years of user complaints, Apple is now reintroducing grouped notifications. The feature was present for a short time with iOS 9, but was inexplicably removed in iOS 10 and 11. Fortunately, it is back and should minimize the distractions by handling notifications.
Notifications from The same app (or theme) is stacked together rather than individually arranged. To view the individual notifications, simply tap on the group and it will expand.
After expanding the group of notifications, you can edit them one at a time by swiping left or right as usual. If you swipe the grouped notification, you can discard any warnings it contains.
Auto-grouping is enabled by default, so your phone can determine which apps and apps to use Themes should be combined. However, you can turn off automatic grouping or force it to be grouped within an app (instead of topic) by going to Settings -> Notifications, then selecting an app and choosing "Alert Grouping."
One of the biggest causes of advanced phone usage is notifications. Since these alerts arrive all day on our iPhones, we are always tempted to return to the display of the iPhone and read. Unfortunately, many of these notifications require our immediate attention, and that's why Apple has added instant tuning.
Instant Tuning helps Apple manage notifications the way they arrive. Tap a notification then tap. The Ellipsis button allows you to set a sound or vibration to turn off in future alerts from this app, or to stop notifications from the app as a whole.
If you disable notifications, alerts from this app will be sent directly to the notification center lock screen. The app badge is also displayed, but not its banner. In addition, Siri will recommend "Instant Tuning" for apps that you no longer use.
With the new tools in iOS 12, you can get started and get started. And when you come home from work, you can shut down properly without fear. Will you use the screen time and the rest of these features to manage app usage? Let us know in the comments below.