Managing Your Screen Time
The Screen Time feature enables you to view and manage the amount of time you spend using your iPad. Screen Time can help you or anyone else using your iPad to spend less time with your eyes on the screen and more time interacting with real people in the real world.
View Your Screen Time
Perhaps the most useful feature of Screen Time is the ability to see how much time you’ve spent using your iPad—and on what activities you’re spending that time.
From the Settings screen, tap Screen Time in the left column to select the Screen Time tab.
The Daily Average panel at the top of the Screen Time tab displays the amount of time you’ve used your iPad over the past several days.
Tap See All Activity to view more information.
Tap Week to view your activity for the week, or tap Day to view your activity today.
The Most Used panel displays information about your most used apps and websites. Tap an app to view more information about that item.
By default, the Most Used panel displays information about apps and websites. Tap Show Categories to show this information grouped by type of activity.
The Pickups panel displays how many times you’ve picked up your iPad and when. It also shows during what time spans you’ve picked up your iPad the most.
The Notifications panel displays how many notifications you’ve received, when, and of what type.
If you think you’re using your iPad too much, use Screen Time to schedule regular downtime when you won’t be allowed to use your device—except for those apps you select to be available. For example, you may want to still send and receive messages during your downtime.
From the Screen Time tab, tap Downtime.
Tap “on” the Downtime switch to enable the downtime feature. (Tap “off” this switch if you don’t want any iPad downtime.)
Tap Every Day (enabled by default) to have Downtime apply every day of the week.
Tap Customize Days to select specific days of the week for Downtime to apply.
Tap From and enter the time you want your downtime to start.
Tap To and enter the time you want your device to be available again.
Tap Screen Time to return to the Screen Time tab.
Tap Always Allowed.
Apps allowed during downtime are displayed in the Allowed Apps panel. Tap an app and then tap Remove (the red –) to remove it from the allowed list.
To add another app to the allowed list, tap the green + next to it in the Choose Apps panel.
Set App Limits
The Screen Time app also enables you to set time limits for specific apps. Once you set a limit, you will be able to use that type of app only for that specific amount of time each day.
From the Screen Time tab, tap App Limits.
Tap “on” the App Limits switch to activate this feature. (This switch only appears after you’ve added one or more limits.)
Any app limits you’ve previously set are displayed here. Tap a limit to edit or delete that limit.
Tap Add Limit to add a new app limit.
Tap the category you want to limit, or tap to expand a category and then tap specific apps.
Set the amount of time you want to use that type of app during a 24-hour period.
To set custom app limits for different days of the week, tap Customize Days.
Tap Add to add this limit.
Block Specific Content
You can also use Screen Time to block any content you want—including inappropriate content.
From the Screen Time tab, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Tap “on” the Content & Privacy Restrictions switch.
By default, everything is allowed. To block specific content, tap that item.
Tap Don’t Allow Changes (or Don’t Allow or just “off,” depending on the available options) for the specific item you want to block.