A beginner’s guide to Screen Time

Ever wonder how much time you spend on social media, playing games, or the other things you do with your iPhone and iPad each day? Now you can find out, right down to the minute.

New for iOS 12, Screen Time is a set of tools that lets you see which apps you use (and how long you use them) in easy-to-read reports. Parents can see how much time their kids are spending in apps and games, too.

Get your report

‣ You can find Screen Time in the Settings app. Once the feature is turned on, it will start producing daily and weekly Activity Reports. These show general stats, like how often you pick up your device and the number of notifications you receive, plus the total amount of time you spend in each app and your usage across various app categories.

You can view your app activity either by day, or by week.

You can have Screen Time tally your usage on each device individually, or across all of your iPads and iPh
ones (they just need to be signed in to the same Apple ID).

Screen Time includes optional tools to set daily time limits on apps, or the ability to block specific types of content – like 15-and-up rated movies, or explicit songs. Since everyone uses their devices differently, these tools aren’t turned on until you decide to use them.

If you’re a parent, you can turn on Family Sharing to use Screen Time as a family. As you’ll be able to see your children’s reports and set whatever content and app limits you’d like. It's a good idea to look at your Activity Reports together as a group, so you can discuss how everyone uses their devices.