iOS 14: How to Use Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Screen Time makes it convenient to manage app and device usage. Once you know how to use Screen Time on your iPhone and iPad, you can seamlessly keep track of how long you spend on your device. It also allows you to restrict explicit content and social media apps. Further, you can manage your child’s device too to regulate how they use it. So let’s have a closer look at these features.

How to Turn ON Screen Time on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #2. Tap Screen Time.

Open Settings and Tap on Screen Time on iPhoneStep #3. Next, tap on Turn On Screen Time → Continue → This is My iPhone.

Turn on Screen Time on iPhone in iOS 13Now you will get a weekly report with insights about your screen time. However, this is not all. Screen Time has several features. Keep reading.

How to Set a Screen Time Passcode

Step #1. First of all, turn ON Screen Time (using the above steps).

Step #2. Tap Use Screen Time Passcode.

Step #3. Enter a passcode. Confirm it.

Set Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

How to Turn ON Downtime on iPhone

Step #1. After you turn on Screen Time, tap on Downtime → Enter the Screen Time Passcode if asked.

Tap on Downtime and Enter PasscodeStep #2. Turn ON the toggle for Downtime.

Turn on Downtime in Screen Time on iPhoneStep #3. From here, choose Every Day or Customize Days → Select a time.

Set Downtime in Screen Time on iPhoneDuring Downtime, only phone calls and the apps you choose to allow will be available. Go back and tap Always Allowed. From here, you may choose to always allow an app.

The last option Block at Downtime means that your child will have to send a request to extend the allowed time when the Downtime limit is reached. If this is your phone, you may enter the Screen Time passcode and continue using the app.

Set Daily Time Limits for App Categories with App Limits

Step #1. Inside Screen Time, tap App Limits.

Step #2. Tap Add Limit. Enter your Screen Time password if asked.

Tap on App Limit and Then Tap on Add LimitStep #3. Select an appropriate app category → Tap on Next.

Step #4. Set a time limit. You may also customize days. → Tap on Add.

Set App Limits on iPhoneBlock at End of Limit means the app will be unusable after the time limit is reached. However, there is an option to Ask For More Time.

All app limits reset every day at midnight.

To Delete an App Limit: Swipe right to left from the App Limits screen and tap Delete. Enter the Screen Time Passcode and confirm by tapping Delete Limit.

Delete App Limits in Screen Time on iPhone

Set Daily Time Limits for Specific App with App Limits

Step #1. Inside Screen Time, tap on App Limits.

Step #2. Tap on Add Limit → Enter your Screen Time password if asked.

Tap on App Limit and Then Tap on Add LimitStep #3. Tap the arrow next to an app category.

Step #4. Select one or multiple apps. You can select apps from different categories. Simply keep tapping the arrow, and select several apps. Tap on Next.

Step #5. Set a time limit and tap on Add.

Set Time Limits for Specific App on iPhone

Set Daily Time Limits for Website with App Limits

Step #1. Inside Screen Time, tap App Limits.

Step #2. Tap Add Limit → Enter your Screen Time password if asked.

Tap on App Limit and Then Tap on Add LimitStep #3. From the end, tap on Websites.

Step #4. Tap on Add Website and type in the URL → Tap on Next.

Add Website and Tap on NextStep #5. Set a time limit and tap on Add.

Set Time Limit for Websites on iPhoneYou may also like to see how to block a website in Safari on iPhone and iPad.

How to Turn ON Content & Privacy Restrictions for iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app → Tap on Screen Time.

Step #2. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Step #3. Enable the toggle for Content & Privacy Restrictions → Enter your Screen Time passcode if asked.

Turn On Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhoneStep #4. From the long list here, you may tap on appropriate options and choose to Allow Changes or Don’t Allow Changes.

How to Prevent iTunes & App Store Purchases with Screen Time

Step #1. Open the Settings app and tap on Screen Time.

Step #2. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions. Enable it if not already.

Turn On Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhoneStep #3. Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.

Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases in iOS 13Step #4. Tap Installing Apps and choose Don’t Allow.

Select Don't Allow to Resrtict App Purchases on iPhoneCommunication limits let you choose whom the child can call during allowed Screen Time and during Downtime. Check out our detailed guide to learn how to set up and use communication limits in Screen Time.

How to Enable Child’s Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your kid’s iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on Screen TimeTurn On Screen TimeContinueThis is My Child’s iPhone.

Step #3. You may set Downtime, App Limits, etc. You may also choose to do these later. Next, create a Screen Time Passcode (do not tell this to your child). You are now inside Screen Time on your child’s iPhone.

After you set the child’s iPhone using the above steps, you can enable Downtime, set app limits for your child’s iPhone, and more, following the same steps as mentioned in this post.

If you use Family Sharing you can also enable Screen Time for your child using the steps shown in the next tip.

How to Set up Screen Time for your Child through Family Sharing

You need to have Family Sharing enabled to set up Screen Time for family members. After that, you can see your child’s screen time reports and also set parental controls from your iPhone.

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on your name from the top.

Step #3. Tap on Family SharingScreen Time.

Step #4. Next, tap on a family member’s name and then tap on Turn on Screen Time → Continue and proceed with the onscreen instructions.

Alternatively, after you set Screen Time on your device, you see an option named Set Up Screen Time for Family inside it. Tap on it and follow the instructions.

How to Turn Off Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on Screen Time.

Open Settings and Tap on Screen Time on iPhoneStep #3. Tap on Turn Off Screen Time → Enter your password if asked. Again tap on Turn Off Screen Time.

Turn Off Screen Time on iPhone

You can clear Screen Time usage data by turning off-screen time. After that, you can re-enable Screen Time if you wish to continue using it.

Note: This will remove all the existing customizations or settings you have set inside Screen Time.

Signing off…

This was all about how you can get started with and use Screen Time on iOS 13. It is a great tool to monitor your child’s activity and online well-being. What is your say about it? Share in the comments down below.

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