Let’s face it; there are apps that no matter how hard you try to keep under control (when it comes to usage time), you can’t. At times, you already have the app open when you remember you’re trying to cut down.
Android Pie and above users have an integrated option that allows you to set a timer to any app. This option is called Digital Wellbeing, and it will close the app you’re using after the time limit to set up for that app.
How to Turn on Digital Well-being in Android Pie
To enable Digital Well-being in your Android 9 device, go to:
- Digital Well-being &parental controls
Find the app that takes up most of your time and tap on the clock option to the right. You can set the app timer to as little as five minutes or as much as 23 hours.
You can set the timer to as many apps as you want. At the top of Dashboard’s main screen, you can also see what app has the most Screen time, Notification received, and Times opened. The app that takes the number one spot will depend on the option you choose.
How to Turn On and Use Focus Mode in Android 9
Focus Mode (available only on Android 9 and 10) is another integrated option that helps Android users keep their app usage under control.
To enable Focus Mode go to:
- Digital Well-being & parental control
- Swipe down a tad and choose Focus Mode
- Choose the app you want to take a break from
Once you’ve selected the app or apps you wish to block, you can turn on Focus Mode and manually turn it off. Another option would be to set a schedule for the apps you’ve included.
Right above the green Turn on button, you’ll see the Set a schedule option.
In the schedule option, don’t forget to choose the days and start/end times for Focus Mode. To save your changes, tap on the green Set button at the top right.
As soon as you turn on Focus Mode, a Take a break option will appear to the side of the Turn off now button. The breaks can be of five, 15, or 30 minutes.
How to Access Focus Mode Through the Notification Panel
For faster access, you can also drag the Focus Mode tile next to the tiles you use the most. You can do this by swiping down from the top of your display twice until all the main tiles can be seen.
Tap on the pencil icon and swipe all the way down until you find the Focus Mode Tile. Long-press on the tile and drag it to its final destination.
Apps can be very distracting, so much that you can’t finish even the smallest task on time. But, with these two options, you have the help you need to get things done. Will you be using both or only one of them? Let me know in the comments below.