Opal: Screen Time for Focus 4+

Focus, block apps & Save Time

Opal OS

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

Description

Better than screen time, Opal helps you focus so you can make the most out of every day.

4 hours. That’s the average time you’ll spend looking at your phone today. With a combination of app restrictions, real time feedback and rewards, you can begin to focus better and accomplish your dreams, just like Opal’s members.

Many of the world's top teams and companies companies trust Opal to help protect their focus. You can too.

**Opal cut my screen time by 2 hours per day – Marketing at Google **

**Opal cuts off your apps’ internet access to help you stop doomscrolling – The Next Web **

**I’ve been managing my social media time for months and couldn’t recommend it more - Strategy at Twitter **

**Opal Helped Me Quit My Nightly TikTok Habit – Bustle **

BENEFITS

94% of Opal members are less distracted

93% are more productive thanks to the app

90% experience improved mental health

79% save at least 1 hour *daily* thanks to the app

Added benefits:

- Better screen time management
- Improve productivity at work
- Reduce stress, be more mindful
- Better manage ADHD
- Set daily working hours, sleep, and routines
- Unplug with family and friends
- Stay in focus when you need it most
- You're happy and in control of your screen time

FEATURES

- Focus Report: Diagnose your Focus and measure your progress with clear metrics, important context and compare with your peers.
- Focus Score: check your focus level at any point throughout the day.
- #1 Blocker: Instantly block apps and websites you choose. It’s safe, precise, and doesn’t affect internet speed.
- Sessions: Block apps from your phone while you’re focusing, and you can always take a break to unblock them temporarily.
- Calendar: Set daily working hours, sleep and routines, block apps automatically, so you don’t have to remember.
- Precious Rewards: Get rewarded on your journey towards better Focus with unique MileStones you can unlock and share with friends.
- Leaderboard: Get inspired by others from the community with our daily leaderboard, highlighting the most focused of us directly in the app.
- Breaks: Use apps without mindless scrolling. Choose the app you want to use, write your intention, and set a timer.
- Focus Mode Integration: Sync your Opal Focus Sessions with iPhone Focus Mode.
- Shortcut Integration: Connect iPhone shortcut automations to start/stop Focus Sessions based on app opens, time, location and more!
- Focus Reminders: Get timely reminder notifications when you get distracted or reach a time limit.
- Focus Mode and Filters: Connect Opal to your Focus to block apps automatically
- Deep Focus: Maximum protection, you can’t cancel or bypass the timer you set.
- More Fun: Opal is guilt-free and fun. Pick your background and app icon to one that suits your mood.
- Widget: Have Opal on your home screen!

CREATE A PERSONALIZED APP LIST

You can add or remove any App and Website that are distracting to you directly from Opal's settings in the app.

You can customize your Opal experience and block all apps and sites on your phone, including:

- Facebook
- Instagram
- Snapchat
- TikTok
- Youtube
- Netflix
- Tinder
- Hinge
- Bumble
- Many more: News, Messaging, Dating, Adult/Porn, Money apps etc.

PRIVATE & SAFE

We use Apple's Screen Time API in order to monitor and block apps you use. Installation is easy and takes a few seconds on your iPhone.

Unlike most apps, Opal works entirely on your phone and personal browsing data never leaves your device.

HEAR IT FROM THE COMMUNITY

"Never in a bazillion years did I think I would be below 3 hours of screen time a day. My mood is SO much better." - Kristi

"Weird to think that an app would make me use my phone less but Opal is the only thing helping me focus on deep work days" - Zach

"Thanks Opal for being the only way my monkey brain can do homework for more than like 20 minutes" - Daniel

TERMS, PRIVACY & CONDITIONS

Read on https://opal.so/terms & https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

What’s New

Version 3.37

Introducing Opal for Apple Watch! You can now view your session and start quick sessions right from your wrist! We'll be following this up with watch widgets & complications in the next update. We've also fixed an issue that cause a background to be visible on some lock screen widgets.

As always we love to hear what you think, get in touch if you have any feedback!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10.4K Ratings

10.4K Ratings

KaXoTiC ,

100% worth it with new free plan!

This app works better than any other app blocker on iOS. Case and point, when I deleted the app after the free trial expired, I was on my phone until 5am!
It works by making you become more intentional with your phone usage. What I love most is that it changes the way you interact with your phone. The intentionally you set includes not only what you want to do but the amount of time you think you need. Then, it automatically turns back on so you’ll never use your phone more than you need to. That was my problem; I was using my phone without intention and without a way to stop once I started.
Despite this, I could not justify the cost of the app. Before the free plan, it was not worth it since I am a student and have negative income. Thank you to the team at Opal for making the app more accessible with the new free plan. It doesn’t have any of the extra bell and whistles that the paid plan has but it’s enough to stop my phone addiction. 10/10 would recommend.

Developer Response ,

Hey KaXoTiC! Thank you so much for leaving us a review, we are so happy to hear that Opal has helped you improve your digital wellbeing! 🙂 Please feel free to reach out to us at any time on our Discord server at https://opal.pm/discord ! - Team Opal 💎

jessiek234 ,

Leaving this app after some time

I used to have a Pro account for this app and found it really useful before the last major update. I liked that you could configure it in a way where it would ask you what your intention was if you wanted to unblock apps for a certain amount of time. It helped me be mindful about what I was doing. They got rid of that feature now, which was a huge bummer for me but not a dealbreaker.

I understand that in the last major update they went from a VPN to using Screen Time, which made it easier for them to block the apps themselves, and not just the data. This is helpful. However, it seems like a huge oversight on their behalf that now I’m somehow still able to access social media websites on my web browser. So when Opal blocks my Instagram app, I can still go on my safari and access Instagram in no time. I reached out to their customer support for a solution. Apparently you can’t block specific websites, only the ones your screen time deems as “most visited” ones. There’s no way around this other than blocking every single website on your phone and then just manually adding the ones you wanna visit which is unrealistic, as I oftentimes work from my phone and I don’t know exactly which sites I need to go on. So this app virtually doesn’t work anymore. I can still go on Facebook or Instagram or any of those sites through my browser. It’s useless. Unfortunately I can’t get past this and I’ll have to find another app to help me block social media

Developer Response ,

Hi Gem, thanks for your review, we are sorry to read Opal did not work as intended for you..We have the whitelist feature that will block all apps and websites, except the ones you select. Happy to help with this if you decide to come back!
Team Opal💎

thecommamaster ,

Great app, a few pieces of feedback

Overall, I love Opal! It’s really helping me stay on task during my assignments, and I think that the UI is absolutely gorgeous. This is really smart! One thing I wish the app did was disconnect the VPN when it’s not actively blocking apps and only connect to it when Opal is turned on, it’s a little bit of a privacy concern having the VPN connected when it’s not doing anything. It would be much better for privacy if the VPN was only connected when Opal is on, instead of having to scroll down to the bottom of the settings page to disconnect the VPN. At the very least, move the disconnect VPN button to somewhere more accessible (the main home screen would be best). I get that it’s necessary for the scheduling to work, but maybe instead there could simply be a pop-up warning the user that disabling the VPN will turn off scheduling (if there’s any enabled schedules) when you hit the disconnect button, instead of hiding it away. he amount of features you can use with the free tier is really great, too! They don’t force you to upgrade to the Pro plan to use the app, all the main functionalities are available for free and the other paid ones (like Scheduling and Focus Timer) let you try them out to see how it works.

Developer Response ,

Hey there! Thank you for the review, we're so grateful to have you on Opal! 🙂 The primary reasons the VPN remains on even while you are not using Opal is because it allows you to start and stop sessions quickly, and to utilize scheduled sessions as you mentioned. 😊 If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time! – Team Opal 💎

EDIT: we no longer have a VPN! (no privacy concern). We now use Screen Time API.

App Privacy

The developer, Opal OS, 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 Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Diagnostics

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

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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