Chances are that you probably spend too much time on your iPhone or iPad or any other iOS device and it’s quite hard to limit your daily usage. If you have goals to complete each time, your iOS device can be very distracting, and it can take away a big chunk of your day that could have been used for work.

Luckily, there’s an Apple feature called Screen Time that lets you put a limit on how much you use your iPhone or iPad. This app doesn’t not only help you gain self-control, but it offers parental control.

What is Screen Time

Screen Time lets you track how much you use your device and allows you to schedule time away from that device and set limits on how much you use certain apps.

Downtime Screen Time

To set up screen time: Go to Settings > Screen Time > Downtime > Toggle On Downtime. To set Limits on certain apps: Click App Limits > Add Limit > Select an app category > tap Customize days.

Grey Bars Screen Time

Screen Time report In Screen Time, you’re given a daily report on what you use on your device each day. This chart is organized mainly by categories the individual apps are broken down. Look at the image above, 1h 12m has been spent on social networks, 26m on Entertainment, and 4 minutes on Other.

At the top of the bars, you’ll see grey bars. The grey bars in the Screen Time report are categories of apps that you barely use on your iOS device and because they’re not used frequently, their individual category isn’t shown in the Screen Time report.

Show Categories

To see what these grey bars mean, click Show Categories. Under Most used, you’ll see a list of your most used categories. For example, you’ll see Social Networking, Entertainment, and Other. Below Other, you’ll see other smaller categories that are too small to be shown in the report, these are the categories the grey bars consist of. This can be productivity, Reading & References, and Creativity.

Click on a category

To see the apps that the Grey bars consist of instead of the categories, click on all the categories below Other. This will show you all the apps that make up the grey bar in your Screen Time report. For example, in Productivity, there can be email and banking apps.

Your report will be different but be aware that there are 9 different categories on Screen Time:

  • Social Networking
  • Games
  • Entertainment
  • Creativity
  • Productivity
  • Education
  • Reading & Reference
  • Health & Fitness
  • Others

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