Addiction to smartphones is a problem in modern society. Unknowingly or not, you can find yourself taking up your phone and aimlessly checking your emails, Instagram, or any other social media app (TikTok is becoming especially popular!). Because of this, it’s critical to understand how much time you spend each day staring at your phone. Here’s how to check your screen time on Android.
What Does Your Digital Wellbeing Screen Time Indicate?
Screen time from Digital Wellbeing enables you to put your smartphone usage into perspective. An average working professional uses their phone for three to four hours every day, but anything higher than this would be considered unusual.
Your screen time is broken down on the Digital Wellbeing dashboard, revealing how much time you spend each day staring at your phone and how much time you spend using different apps. This is a terrific method to learn more about your phone usage patterns, including how much time you spend on social media and work-related apps and games.
The number of times your phone was unlocked throughout the day and the number of alerts it received are also listed by Digital Wellbeing. Use these guidelines to manage notifications on your Android phone if the number is on the high side.
Set Up Your Widget
One of the easiest ways to check your screen time (without having to go to settings) is by setting up a widget that will show on your home screen when you view your phone.
This is easy to do on Android. All you have to do is tap and hold your screen until a pop-up screen appears. From there, you’ll click the widget option, and type in “Wellness” to get the wellness app to open.
From there, you can click and drag it to your home screen. That way, you don’t have to check settings every single time!
How to Check Your Screen Time on Android
Now that you know more about checking your screen time, let’s talk about how to actually do it if you don’t want to add the widget to your phone.
Step 1: Go to Settings
In order to get to the Digital Wellbeing app, you’ll first need to go into your settings. Simply click the Settings app.
Step 2: Choose “Digital Wellbeing”
Once you’re in the settings, you’ll need to scroll down until you see the “Digital Wellbeing” option. Then, you’ll need to click on that.
Step 3: View Screen Time
From here, you’ll be able to view your screen time via the wheel. But if you want to get a bigger picture of your screen time, you can go on to step four.
Step 4: Click on the Wheel
If you click on the wheel at the top of your screen, the app will send you to a breakdown of your screen time use. This will include the apps you use the most, how long you spend using them, and even tips to reduce your screen time.
Step 5: Make Updates (Optional)
If you’re looking to reduce your screen time, Android makes this fairly easy. It has different features that you can set up to help keep you off your phone.
The first is Bedtime mode. You can set this up so that your phone essentially shuts down unless you have an emergency call or alarm set up. This will help you focus more on getting a good night’s rest.
The second option is Focus mode. This allows you to pause apps that may be distracting you. You can choose whichever apps that you think you spend too much time on (like social media apps) and set up a schedule to keep their notifications from popping up.
Of course, these are both optional, and you don’t have to set them up to reduce your screen time if you don’t want to! However, if you need a bit of support in quitting some of your screen time, these are easy-to-use tools that can help you out.
How to Check Your Screen Time on Android: Wrap Up
As you can see, that’s all there is to it! One of the things that might really surprise folks is screen time. Even if you might not think you use your phone frequently, screen time can reveal otherwise. And these tips can help you keep it in check if you need to.
For more information about how to check your screen time on an Android device then check out the video below.
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