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Ever wonder how much time you actually spend using apps? Here's how you find out

It’s likely you have a good idea what the answer is, but how much time do you really spend using them?
Jun 17th 2015, 12:04 PM 7,963 4

IT’S LIKELY YOU have a rough idea of how much time you spend using your phone. Since they’re with us every day, it’s likely you’re regularly checking Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat or any number of apps in-between moments.

But those constant checks add up and in some cases you might want a more specific idea of how often you use certain apps, maybe to help you reduce the number of times you check for something.

If you’re an Android user, you have a few options. You could get Quality Time which tracks all of your app usage. It gives you a breakdown of all the apps you’ve used each day, the amount of time spent on each one and your overall time spent on your phone over the week or month.

It’s comprehensive in how it collects and it presents your phone habits in an easy to understand manner. If some of your app habits are particularly bad, you can set up limits to help curb your usage, or schedule specific breaks for important moments.

Alternatively, you could go for the literally named BreakFree Cell Phone Addiction, which offers the same tracking features but with more tools to help you stay focused.

Quality Time Source: Quality Time/Android

iOS doesn’t really have the same capabilities unless you don’t mind tracking general usage (or if you jailbreak your phone but that’s another story entirely).

In that case, it’s worth getting Moment which will at least track how long you’re using your phone every day. If you also have an iPad or family members with iPhones, you can track their usage as well and set usage limits to keep things in check.

It doesn’t have the same level of detail as Quality Time, but it will likely tell you the amount of time you spend on your phone is higher than you think.

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