How to Adjust Screen Time on iPhone

Joel Mason

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Adjusting Screen Time on iPhone

Screen Time is a handy feature on iPhone that helps you keep track of and manage the time you spend on your device. Whether you want to limit your screen time or simply gain insights into your usage patterns, Screen Time can be a valuable tool. In this article, we will explore how to adjust Screen Time settings on your iPhone.

Step 1: Accessing Screen Time

To begin, open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on “Screen Time” – it should be located near the top of the list. Once you’re in the Screen Time settings, you’ll see an overview of your device usage for the current day.

Step 2: Setting App Limits

If you would like to set limits for specific apps, tap on “App Limits” within the Screen Time settings. Here, you can choose to set limits for categories like Social Networking or individual apps like Instagram or Facebook.

To add an app limit, tap on “Add Limit”. You can then select the category or specific app you want to limit by tapping on it.

After selecting, set a desired time limit using the scrolling wheel. You also have the option to customize different limits for different days of the week if needed.


  • Be realistic: Set limits that align with your goals and priorities.
  • Allowance: Consider allowing yourself some extra time during weekends or certain hours when restrictions aren’t as strict.
  • Password protection: If needed, enable a password for changing these settings to prevent easy access.

Step 3: Downtime

Downtime allows you to schedule periods of time where only certain apps or phone calls are allowed. To access this feature, go back to the main Screen Time settings and tap on “Downtime”.

Toggle on “Downtime” and set the desired start and end times. You can select which apps are always allowed during Downtime by tapping on “Always Allowed” and choosing from your list of installed apps.

Step 4: Content & Privacy Restrictions

If you want to further customize your Screen Time experience, you can explore the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” section. This allows you to control various features such as explicit content, app installations, in-app purchases, and more.

To access these settings, go back to the main Screen Time settings and tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions”. You may be prompted to enter a passcode for security reasons.


  • App Store Purchases: Limiting app installations or in-app purchases can help prevent impulsive spending.
  • Websites: Use this feature to restrict access to adult content or specific websites.
  • Privacy: Customize which apps have access to features like location services or contacts.

With these steps, you should now have a good understanding of how to adjust Screen Time settings on your iPhone. Remember that managing screen time is about finding a balance that works for you – whether it’s for productivity, mental health, or simply enjoying life beyond the screen.

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