There is a rise in smartphone usage with users across the world using various apps to help them in their day to day routine. There are a few who think the use of a smartphone is excessive and leads to a though – “I want to use my smartphone less”.
This might sound to be a good intention to refrain from the smartphone addiction. Today we will discuss how to set up your smartphone to use it less.
In our effort to reduce the usage of smartphones there are a few apps which will help you. These apps are meant to keep you informed about your smartphone use and help to lock apps and notifications.
In our efforts to reduce the usage of smartphones we need to start with Google popular app called Digital Wellbeing. The app is currently compatible with a limited number of devices though, it is a good option to be aware of your smartphone usage. The app is able to restrict the user from using various apps, gives you report on how often you use the various apps, notifications you receive and how often you check your phone. The various disconnect timers also allow you to set the time you wish to spend on your smartphone.
Action Dash is another app which is identical to Google’s Digital Well-being and proves to be helpful in restricting the usage of smartphones. It is a feature packed utility app which gives you an insight into the number of apps and notification used on your device. The insight proves to be a vital source of information which helps you make a decision which apps keep you glued to your smartphone for more than the time you are expected to.
When it comes to breaking your addiction to excessive usage of your smartphone Space app turns out to be your best companion. Space presents you with a profile of your smartphone behavior and provides you with a clear picture of how you use your smartphone. You can set a target number of hours you want to spend daily on your smartphone. It comes with yet another feature which makes it possible for you to block apps and notifications.
Offtime offers you more options and control when it comes to blocking things on your smartphone. It works just the way it is meant to as it can limit the use of apps as well as the connection on the internet for you. The app can go one step further and block telephone calls, text messages, and other notifications as well.
You can go for Offtime Pro version which will cost you a few bucks but you can get features where you can set Rest moments. With this feature, you can be able to choose not to receive notifications every night and stop access to social media an hour before you go to bed. The app also comes with multiple language support, though it’s a bit restricted its fine to understand and use.
The app allows you to stay focused and remove distraction and stay true to its name. The app comes with features which allow you to enjoy a few of your moments without distraction. It allows you to set an hours time for your study or if you wish to take a short break of a few hours you can set the desired hours of break and it’s done. The various features come with soothing sounds whenever needed. Sounds like the rainfall, ocean etc keep you close with the nature around us and keeps you relaxed more often.
The Forest app gives you the ability to concentrate on something without having to be disturbed by your smartphone. No need to answer any calls on your phone, as the app places a seed on the screen of your smartphone. The seed keeps growing as long as you keep away from the smartphone to ultimately grow into a tree, a great concept. The trees keep growing as long as you keep away from the smartphone and the forest is kept it check as and when you access the smartphone rarely as possible. Keep the trees growing to stay focused on your work and stay away from your smartphone.
What we have discussed so far is to restrict the use of your smartphone via Android Apps but we can also restrict this by tweaking a few Android settings and few solid tips.
Limit The Number Of Notifications
Limiting the number of Notifications will go a long way in helping you not to look at your smartphone more often. This can be easily achieved without the need of any app, Android comes with an inbuilt option which will enable you to do this.
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ option can certainly do this task and block all notifications. Yet if you want to gain more control over your notifications press the Do Not Disturb button on the panel from Android 9.0 Pie to change the settings, try out the various options under this and choose accordingly.
The latest Android versions after Android Oreo also offer notification channels which allow you to determine which apps can send you notifications.
Other ways to stay away from your Smartphone
Apart from this, there are other simple options which makes sense like not to sleep with your smartphone next to your bed. Use a separate Alarm clock if you are using a smartphone as an alarm clock beside your pillow to wake you up early. This will surely give you a peaceful sleep all night long.
With the phone lying just beside you there are chances you will reach for it more often than not to check emails, messages or time in the middle of the night.
We can work for 24 hours, it’s best to give yourself a fixed schedule to set your office hours and rest hours and stick with it. Certainly will give you a more balanced lifestyle where you can give time for both work, family and friends.
We are sure you too might have a few tricks to share with us, you can share your ideas on how you use your smartphone less? Let us hear from you in the comments section below.
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