I am looking for something that’ll do what ScreenTime’s time limits are supposed to do, but actually convinces me to get off my devices and into bed, (in the evening), or back to whatever I should actually be doing, (the rest of the day). Most often I’m on the computer, but sometimes it’s my phone.
I have started getting ads for some apps that claim to help, has anyone used these and what were your impressions? Do you have any others that you prefer?
Apps I am aware of:
There’s lots of advertising on Instagram for this one, so I wonder how much of my money would go to the app and how much would go to Meta.
It appears to hook into the Screentime APIs somehow to accomplish blocking. Does this mean I get the Screentime screen that’s annoying but super easy to dismiss?
I’m not sure if it works on desktop for any browser other than Chrome.
I can’t tell if this one actually blocks anything, or if it tries to coach you through notifications. Looks like it’s iOS-only.
I have tested this one. Setup is a bit of a pain in the butt because it uses Shortcuts automations to trigger, so you set up an automation for “When I open Instagram” and it launches One Sec. There’s a nice animation to suggest you take a breath and think about what you’re doing, which is really nice. Unfortunately the automation sometimes runs a few seconds after Instagram, (or whatever app), launches, which isn’t ideal. I don’t remember if there is a way to set time limits, or if there is a way to block websites in Safari. There appear to be browser extensions for desktop devices for all the major browsers.
Someone mentioned this in a post here, which is how I heard about it. It seems to be cross-platform, and work on apps and websites. Like Opal, Freedom seems to use the Screentime API, so the same questions apply - is it super-easy to dismiss?
So far, it seems like Freedom may be the best combination of features & price, but I do like the “take a moment and breathe” philosophy of One Sec. What have your experiences been?