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How to set screen time limits on your iPhone (and why you should)

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First off, I use scrolling through social as a crutch. The ultimate procrastination toolI, like many people these days, have conditioned myself to see life through a screen.

I’ve tried to “forget” my scrolling habits by completely detoxing, only to binge scroll when I get back to socializing. I found a way to That is to set a screen time limit on your iPhone.

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Ultimately, my goal is to be disciplined enough to know when it’s time to step away from content entirely, but for now I’m relying on my iPhone to set boundaries. Method is as follows.

How to set time limits on iPhone

You can set a time limit for downloaded apps in your iPhone settings. We set limits primarily for social media, but you can also set limits for apps that need space.

First, head over to the Settings app, which is the hub of your smartphone. This is indicated by a gear icon. Then click on the “Screen Time” option from the menu.

[スクリーンタイム]Selecting the button will show you the average stats for the day, which comes with a caveat that may surprise you a bit.

iPhone screen time settings. A red box encloses the average daily time and a red arrow points to the app limit option.

Looking at the average usage time in the settings on my iPhone, it was definitely a wake-up call. I used the app limits menu to limit the app time.

Screenshot by Christina Darby/ZDNET

Once you’ve come to terms with the fact that passive scrolling is more than you’d expect, from the menu[App Limits]Select an option. From there,[制限の追加]Select a button.

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Then you’ll see a list of apps organized by category. Once you select a category to limit usage time, a drop-down menu of specific apps will appear from there.

After selecting the app,[次へ]Click.

Screenshot of apps restricting selection on iPhone with blue check marks next to Instagram and TikTok

Two usual suspects that enable my scrolling fortunes are Instagram and TikTok. So I decided to limit the time I spent on them.

Screenshot by Christina Darby/ZDNET

You will be asked to select the usage time for the selected app.

I set a 1 hour limit for both TikTok and Instagram and allocated it throughout the day.

[次へ]Note that if you select all apps at once before pressing , the same time limit applies to each. So if you want different time limits for different apps, select apps in different batches.

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Screenshot of setting app usage time limit on iPhone

Since I chose Instagram and TikTok at the same time, both should be set to the same time limit, so I chose 1 hour.

Screenshot by Christina Darby/ZDNET

After setting the time limit, the screen interface will show[アプリの制限]You’ll see the button turned on (green) and the apps you’ve selected to restrict.

If you want to set different time limits for different apps,[制限の追加]You can press the button to repeat the process.

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But the most important part is to avoid setting the limit to be ignored. When it’s time, put down your phone and pick up a book, or try looking at your TV remote control without scrolling.

Screenshot showing app restrictions turned on in iPhone settings

Adding restrictions to your app[アプリの制限]You can see that the button is turned on. To add more restrictions to your app,[制限の追加]Select Prompt.

Screenshot by Christina Darby/ZDNET

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