How to Check and View Screen Time on iPhone

If you are new to Screen Time and wish to learn how to check Screen Time on iPhone, the guide below is all that you are going to need. It shows how you can access the feature, work with it, manage it, and finally how you can disable it. Let’s check everything out.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Oct. 30, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 30, 2018
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Apple often rolls out new features with its latest versions of the iOS operating system and this time they have come up with something called Screen Time in their latest iOS release. If you have updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS 12, you will find a new feature on your device called Screen Time. It is not a standalone app that can be found on your springboard but rather it is an option available in the Settings app of your device. In the guide below, you are going to learn how to view Screen Time on iPhone and how you can get the most out of it on your device.

Screen Time is basically a statistics collector that gathers the data of your iPhone or iPad usage and shows it as a readable report on your device. It keeps an eye as to how you use your device and then translates that usage into numbers that you can read and work with. For example, it can track how many times you have picked up your iPhone and then you can find out the number of times you have picked up your device on a specific day. How cool is it, no?

How to View Screen Time in iOS 12

Please keep in mind that the feature is only available on the iOS devices that run iOS 12 or later. If you are anything below that, you will first need to update your device for the feature to become available on it.

Enable Screen Time on iPhone

Before you can view your statistics, you need to first enable the feature on your device and let it collect some data first. The following tells you how you can do it on your iPhone.

Step 1 From the springboard of your iPhone running iOS 12 or later, launch the Settings app by tapping on its icon.

Launch Settings on your iPhone

Launch Settings on your iPhone

Step 2 When the Settings app launches on your iPhone, scroll down until you find an option that says Screen Time. When you find it, tap on it to open it.

Open Screen Time from Settings on your iPhone

Open Screen Time from Settings on your iPhone

Step 3 When the Screen Time page opens, tap on the option that reads Turn On Screen Time to enable the feature systemwide on your device.

Enable Screen Time on your iPhone

Enable Screen Time on your iPhone

Step 4 Follow the instructions displayed on your screen and the feature will be enabled on your device.

There you go. The Screen Time feature has been successfully turned on on your iPhone.

What Data You Can View with Screen Time in iOS 12

Screen Time collects a number of different kinds of data from your iPhone usage and the following are some of those that it shows reports for.

Check and view Screen Time on your iPhone Image Credit: Apple

Check and view Screen Time on your iPhone
Image Credit: Apple

App Usage

There may be some apps on your iPhone that you use a lot but you do not know exactly what amount of time you have spent using them. The feature tells you just that. It tells you what apps you have used for what duration on your iPhone. It even tells you what category apps you have used the most on your device.

That way you can figure out if you are addictive to some kind of apps and then you can take required measures to control your app usage.

iPhone Pickups

Using apps is one thing and picking up your iPhone is another. The feature is able to even tell you how many times you pick up your iPhone. That way you can find out how many times you interact with your device and if that is normal.

App Notifications

The feature also integrates with your notifications and is able to tell you how many notifications you get as well as what are the apps that send you the most number of notifications on your device.

This way you can easily find out the apps that bother you a lot by sending useless notifications.

Disable Screen Time on iPhone

The feature does a pretty good job at telling you your iPhone usage behavior, however, there are some users out there who may not be happy with letting Apple use their information. If that’s the case, here’s how you can disable the feature on your iPhone.

Step 1 Launch the Settings app from the springboard of your iPhone.

Step 2 Tap on the option that says Screen Time and then tap on Turn Off Screen Time on the following screen.

Disable Screen Time on your iPhone

Disable Screen Time on your iPhone

Step 3 Follow the on-screen instructions and the feature will be disabled on your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

If you fully read the above guide, you now know how to check Screen Time on an iPhone and how you can properly read the reports it generates for you. You now also know how to disable the feature in case you don’t want it collecting personal data about you.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.