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Use Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Screen Time gives you access to real-time reports that show how much time you're spending on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also narrow down what exactly you want to manage.

The Screen Time feature gives you precise information about how much time you or your children have spent with certain apps, websites, and other activities. Based on this information, you can make informed decisions about the use of your devices and, if necessary, set time limits for them. Learn how to use parental controls to manage your child's device.

Enable screen time

  1. Go to Settings> Screen Time.
  2. Tap Turn On Screen Time.
  3. Tap on "Next".
  4. Select "My [device]" or "My child's [device]".

After you've turned on Screen Time, you'll see a report on device, app, and website usage. You can use Screen Time on your child's device to adjust certain device settings. Alternatively, you can use Family Sharing to configure your child's device from your own device. When you're done setting up your child's device, you can also use Family Sharing to view reports and change settings from your device.

Screen Time also allows you to set a specific code to secure your settings so that only you can extend Screen Time or make changes. Be sure to choose a code that is different from the code used to unlock your device. To change or deactivate the passcode on your child's device, go to Settings> Screen Time and tap [your child's name]. Then tap Change Screen Time Passcode or Disable Screen Time Passcode, and authenticate the change with Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode.

If you've forgotten your Screen Time passcode, you can update your device to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS and then reset the passcode.

Set screen time code

You can set a passcode so that only you can make changes to Screen Time settings and approve additional time when app limits are reached. This feature allows you to set content and privacy restrictions for your child's device. The steps to set up a Screen Time Code depend on whether you are using Family Sharing.

If you use Family Sharing to manage your child's account:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Scroll down and select your child's name under Family.
  3. Tap Turn On Screen Time, then tap Next.
  4. Set up time out, app limits, and content & privacy with the limits you want for your child, or tap "Later".
  5. Tap Use Screen Time Code, then enter a code when prompted. Enter the code again to confirm.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password. This allows you to reset your Screen Time code if you forget it.

If you're not using Family Sharing to manage your child's account:

  1. Pick up the device your child is using.
  2. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Turn On Screen Time, then tap Next.
  4. Tap "My child's [device]".
  5. Set up time out, app limits, and content & privacy with the limits you want for your child, or tap "Later".
  6. Tap Use Screen Time Code, then enter a code when prompted. Enter the code again to confirm.
  7. Enter your Apple ID and password. This allows you to reset your Screen Time code if you forget it.

View reports and set limits

Screen Time gives you a report on how your device is being used, what apps you've opened, and what websites you've visited. To view the report, go to Settings> Screen Time, then tap See All Activity below the graph. From there, you can see how the device is being used, set time limits for the apps you use most, and see how often the device has been picked up and its screen activated, or how many notifications have been received.

If you have "Share across devices" activated, you can view the total usage of all devices that are signed in with your Apple ID and password.

Manage screen time settings

Go to Settings> Screen Time. Then tap "See All Activities," choose a category from the list below, and set restrictions. Here is a list of the settings you can manage with Screen Time.

Time out

During the time-out, which you set in the settings, only phone calls can be made and the apps you have previously specified can be used. The time-out applies to all devices on which "Screen Time" is activated and will be announced to you 5 minutes in advance. If you set a screen time code, the time-out applies to another setting: "Block during time-out". If you select this setting and click "Request more time", you can share the respective app for 15 minutes, an hour, or for the whole day. Users with a child account can click "One Minute More" once or click "Request More Time" to send a request for approval to the parent account.

App limits

With "App Limits" you can set daily limits for certain app categories. With this function, you can, for example, specify that you can only access productivity apps during your working hours, but not social network apps or games. App limits can be deleted at any time, and the fixed usage time for all apps is set to zero at midnight.

Communication limits

Control who your children can communicate with - during the day and during time off. These restrictions apply to Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and iCloud contacts. Here you can also decide and manage which contacts are available on an Apple Watch that is paired via the family configuration. It is always possible to communicate with known emergency numbers that have been provided by the mobile operator of your iPhone or Apple Watch. To use this feature, your iCloud contacts must be activated.

Always allow

You may want to have access to some apps even if you are currently on a break or if you have set the app limit "All apps & categories". By default, the Phone, Messaging, FaceTime, and Maps apps are always enabled, but you can change this if you want.

Restrictions

You decide which content is displayed on your device. Block inappropriate content, purchases, and downloads, and set your privacy preferences using content and privacy restrictions.

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