“one sec” uses Shortcuts Automation to toggle a deep breath animation whenever you open one of the configured apps (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube…). This breaks unconcious social media habits and even helps long-term by adding more friction when opening these apps.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present: Did you really want to open Instagram? Or was it just because you're bored waiting for your bus?
This app helps you to reflect your actions, thoughts, and feelings; disrupting harmful social media habits with mindfulness.

On top of that, “one sec” also contributes your mindful moments to the Health App via HealthKit.

Available Subscription Options:
one sec supporting membership / tip

Terms & Privacy Policy:

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

- Adds support for the Strava app.
- Adds new option to force yourself to always type the app opening purpose.
- Resolves an issue where the app would crash on iPad when trying to select the purpose to open the app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

slerdahl ,

10/10 Gets the job done + is super annoying

I invested in this 1$ app to see if it would be better than “screen time” and it is amazing.
It’s so much more annoying and the haptic + breath really drives you away from that “quick” social media check. Thanks for making such an annoying but helpful app :)

Also, would love the ability to use with more apps, there a few other habits I need to break!

Christina__03 ,

Honest opinion

4.5/5 stars (so far!)
I saw this in a retweet on Twitter (ironically xD ). I thought the idea was really cool and I just tried it out. One thing that could be fixed- in the breathing animation, I don’t like the way it creates vibrations, as the changing rate gives quite an unpleasant experience when trying to calm down with a deep breath. Also, the continue breathing option should have a counter for every deep breath, as the never-ending breaths feels strange and unnatural. Will update review(or write a new one idk how this works) with any updates that happen :)

Developer Response ,

Hey Christina! Thanks a lot for your feedback; I’ve added a new option in update 1.0.3 which lets you change or disable the Haptic Feedback. You can find it in Settings (top left corner on the main page). I hope this helps you to be more relaxed during breathing 😬
I am not quite sure if I fully understand your other points…could you maybe send me an email to so we can figure this out?

Thanks again for your feedback and have a. Ice day!
– Frederik

Davina W ,

Purposeful Habit Breaker

If you’re like me, reaching for your phone is second nature & a hard habit to break. One sec gives you a much needed moment of clarity before opening an app & in that moment, you have the power to make a purposeful decision. Simple, but brilliant. Thank you to the developers, I saw on Reddit & had to try. Could not be happier!

Developer Response ,

Thanks, great to hear that you find it helpful! If you have any additional feedback, feel free to reach out to me :)

App Privacy

The developer, Frederik Riedel, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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