Our Complete Guide to Apple’s Screen Time
What is Screen Time?
Apple’s latest functionality allows parents to manage their kids digital access. At a high-level, parents can:
- Set Downtime to turn the iDevice completely off (except for the ability to make phone calls)
- Set specific limits for specific apps
- Review children’s web browsing history
- Assess the overall amount that their children spend online
Downtime lets you mute most of your phone’s notifications during specific times. By default, Apple turns on Downtime from 10pm to 7am.
You can set daily time limits for apps. App Limits refresh every day at midnight, and you can delete them any time.
Here’s where you can manage which apps are available at all times, even when Downtime limits have kicked in. The top of the screen features allowed apps, with Messages and FaceTime included by default along with the Phone app. (You can remove those first two, if you prefer they not always be available, but your phone stays accessible at all times.
Content & Privacy Restrictions
In this section, you can manage the kind of store content — movies, music, TV shows, books and apps — that can appear on your phone. You can also manage things like web content restrictions, location sharing, and privacy features. These controls existed in previous versions of iOS, but they’ve moved to Screen Time in iOS 12.