Full guide to Check Screen Time on Android 2023 (Updated)

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Full guide to Check Screen Time on Android 2023
Full guide to Check Screen Time on Android 2023

If you’re using Android 10 or later, you can take advantage of Digital Wellbeing, a feature that helps you monitor your screen time, manage app usage, and create a healthier digital routine. Additionally, you can set up parental controls to manage your child’s screen time and ensure a safe online experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up and using Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.

Enabling Digital Wellbeing on Android

  1. Open your device’s Settings.
  2. Navigate to “Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.”
  3. Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and select “Manage your data.”
  4. Enable “Daily device usage.”
  5. The circle graph displayed on the Digital Wellbeing screen shows your app usage. Inside the circle, you’ll find your total screen time, as well as the number of times you’ve unlocked your phone and the notifications you’ve received.

Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls Overview

Digital Wellbeing offers two tools to help reduce screen time and distractions: “Ways to disconnect” and “Reduce interruptions.”

“Ways to disconnect” includes:

  • App timers: Set daily usage limits for specific apps.
  • Bedtime mode: Wind down by silencing your phone and turning the screen grayscale.
  • Focus mode: Temporarily pause apps and hide notifications.

“Reduce interruptions” provides:

  • Shortcuts to app notification management and “Do Not Disturb” mode.
  • “Flip to Shhh:” Turn on “Do Not Disturb” by placing your phone face down.
  • “Heads Up:” Receive reminders to pay attention when walking and using your phone.

Setting Up App Timers

  1. Go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Dashboard.
  2. View the list of frequently used apps and tap an app to see screen time, notifications, and usage frequency.
  3. Tap the hourglass icon next to an app to set a timer.
  4. Specify the time limit (timers reset at midnight) and tap “OK.”
  5. To remove a timer, tap the garbage can icon next to it.

Setting Up Bedtime Mode

  1. Go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Bedtime mode.
  2. Choose “Bedtime routine” and select either “Use a schedule” or “Turn on while charging.”
  3. Tap “Customize” to configure “Do Not Disturb” and grayscale settings.
  4. You can also set Bedtime mode to turn off when your wake-up alarm goes off.

Using Focus Mode

  1. Go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Focus mode.
  2. Select at least one app and tap “Set a schedule” or “Turn on now.”
  3. Optionally, take a break from focus mode by tapping “Take a break” and selecting a duration.

Reducing Interruptions in Digital Wellbeing

In the “Reduce Interruptions” section, manage app notifications and enable “Do Not Disturb” mode.

Setting Up Parental Controls on Your Phone

To set up parental controls:

  1. Go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  2. Tap “Set up parental controls” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap “Get started” on the next screen.
  4. Select “Parent.”
  5. You’ll be prompted to download the Family Link app, which requires both you and your child to have Google accounts.

Managing Kids’ Screen Time

To manage your child’s screen time:

  1. On your child’s phone, navigate to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  2. Tap “Set up parental controls” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap “Get started” on the next screen.
  4. Choose “Child or teen.”
  5. If your child’s account isn’t displayed, tap “add or create account for your child” and follow the prompts.

This comprehensive guide should help you make the most of Digital Wellbeing and parental controls on your Android device, promoting a healthier digital lifestyle for you and your family. If you ever need to reset screen time data, simply follow the steps in the FAQ provided at the end of the article.

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