How to Use App Limits and Downtime in iOS 12 to Restrict Excessive Usage of Apps

You can choose to set app limits and downtime on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 12 to restrict the usage of specific app categories or get rid of the smartphone addiction. Dive right in get going!

Whether you want to get rid of smartphone addiction or prevent your kid from overusing the iPhone, “Screen Time” can come in very handy in letting you achieve your goal. Moreover, you can enable app limits and downtime in iOS 12 to keep everything in check and stop your child from breaking the rules.

With “App Limits”, you will set daily time limits for app categories like social networking, games, entertainment and more. If you find specific apps being overused, you can also add the time limit for individual apps. The Downtime allows you to create a schedule for time away from the screen and during this period only the apps you allow as well as phone calls will be available.

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Complete Guide to Use App Limits and Downtime in iOS 12

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How to Set Daily Time Limits for App Categories in Screen Time

Note: App limits are automatically reset every day and apply to all the devices synced with the same iCloud account. Plus, you get an alert five minutes before the restriction expires. However, you have the option to override the limitation–if you choose to break the rule.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Launch Settings app on iPhone

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Step #2. Now, tap on Screen Time and select App Limits. (Ensure that Screen Time is Turn ON)

Tap on Screen Time and select App Limits in iOS 12

Step #3. Next, tap on Add Limit and then select the category you want to restrict.

Tap on Add Limit and then select category you want to restrict on iPhone

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You have multiple options like social networking, games. So, choose the one you think your child uses too much.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Add at the top right corner.

Tap on Add in iOS 12 Screen Time

step #5. Now, set the time. Check out the option to Customize Days.

Set Daily Time Limits for App Categories in iOS 12 Screen Time

Tap on it and then adjust the time on specific days as per your need. For instance, you can allow your kid to play games only 1 hour on a regular day but increase it to 2 hours on Sunday.

Customize Days Daily Time Limits for App Categories in Screen Time

As mentioned above, there is also an option to enable time limit for specific apps. Take advantage of this feature if you find some apps are unnecessarily consuming your valuable time.

How to Add Time Limits for Individual Apps in iOS 12

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your device → Screen Time.

Step #2. Now, tap on the device name and then scroll down to Most Used section.

Tap on Device Name in iOS 12 Screen Time

Step #3. Next, select the app which usage you wish to restrict.

Select App which usage you wish to restrict in iOS 12 Screen Time

Step #4. Next up, tap on Add Limit and then set the desired limitation.

Tap on Add Limit and Set Daily Time Limits for App Categories in iOS 12 Screen Time

You can also set the app limit for specific days as per your need by tapping Customize Day.

Set App Limit for Specific Days in iOS 12 Screen Time

When the time nears, you will get an alert. And once the usage time comes to an end, Time Limit screen appears. If you want to continue to use the app, tap on “Ignore Limit” and then select how long you want to keep the restriction away.

At any time you want to make changes to the restricted apps or completely remove the limitation, you can do so with ease.

How to Edit or Delete App Limits in Screen Time

Step #1. Open Settings appScreen TimeApp Limits.

Tap on Screen Time and select App Limits in iOS 12

Step #2. Now, select the restricted app category or the app which usage you have limited.

Select Restricted app category in iOS 12 Screen Time

Step #3. Next, tap on Edit Apps and then select/deselect the app and then tap on Add at the top right corner.

Edit App Limit in iOS 12 Screen Time

If you want to remove the limitation for good, tap on Delete Limit and confirm.

Delete App Limit in iOS 12 Screen Tim

Note: Alternatively, you can head over to Settings → Device name → Select the restricted app under Most Used section → tap on the app name under Limits section. Then, edit or delete the limit.

How to Enable Downtime in iOS 12

With Downtime, you can set a schedule during which you don’t want to use your device. During this period, you will be able to access only the apps you have exempted from the restriction.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Screen Time.

Step #2. Now, tap on Downtime.

Tap on Downtime in iOS 12 Screen Time

Step #3. Turn on the switch next to Downtime.

Turn ON Switch to Enable Downtime in iOS 12

Step #3. Next, set the start and end time depending on your need.

Set the Start and End Time in Downtime in iOS 12 Screen Time

How to Manage Apps for Downtime in Screen Time

Step #1. Open Settings app → Screen Time.

Tap on Settings then Screen Time in iOS 12 on iPhone

Step #2. Now, tap on Always Allowed.

Tap on Always Allowed in iOS 12 Screen Time

Step #3. Next, tap on the red button to the left of the app and then tap on Remove under the Allowed Apps section to prevent their usage during Downtime.

Tap on Red Button to Remove App to Prevent Usage During Downtime in iOS 12

Under Choose Apps section, tap on the green “+” button to allow them to be used during Downtime.

Tap on Plus Button to Allow App to be used during Downtime in iOS 12

Note: Phone app is always available so that you don’t miss important calls.

Now, the restricted apps will be dimmed, and you will see the ⌛ Screen Time icon under them.

Restricted Apps will be dimmed on iPhone Screen

If you want to use the restricted app during Downtime, tap on it and then tap on “Ignore Limit.” Next, you have the option to remove the limitation for 15 minutes or for today.

Use the restricted app during Downtime on iPhone Running iOS 12

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up:

Now that you know how to keep the over usage of apps in check; bring the ways mentioned above into effect based on your requirements. I’m sure they can be immensely helpful in cutting down the unnecessary usage of apps. Have any question? Do let us know that in the comments.

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Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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