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How to check screen time on Android phone

Article Summary

  • Screen time on Android is the total amount of time your phone’s display has been active.
  • To check the screen time on Android, you can go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Dashboard.

On Android phones, you can easily monitor your own or your children’s screen time using the Digital Wellbeing feature found within the Settings app. This feature analyzes your daily screen usage, phone unlocks, and notifications to provide valuable insights into your digital habits.

So, whether you’re aiming to be more mindful of your phone usage or seeking a healthier balance between technology and life, it is essential to understand how to check your screen time on Android phone. Let’s get started.

Note: The Digital Wellbeing feature comes as a default feature for Android 10 or later. However, if by any chance you can’t find it in Settings, you can download Google’s official Digital Wellbeing app from the Play Store.

How to find screen time on Android phone

  1. Launch the Settings app. 
  2. Move down to Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.

    Select Digital wellbeing and parental controls

You will be greeted with a Digital Wellbeing pie chart that lets you see the time spent on all apps on the Android phone. In addition, the screen shows the number of unlocks made and notifications received.

While this gives a general idea about total phone usage, you can also view detailed screen time breakdowns for individual apps.

How to check screen time for particular app on Android

  1. Go to SettingsDigital Wellbeing & parental controls.
  2. Tap the Dashboard placed below the pie chart. 
  3. Here, you will see a list of apps with the corresponding screen time mentioned below.

    Tap Dashboard to view screen time of all apps
  4. Further, you can scroll down and tap Show all [number] apps to view the time you spent time on all the apps you have on your phone.

    Show all apps option in Dashboard

At the top of the menu, the default settings display the screen time for that particular day. Additionally, you can tap the Screen time button to check the data for Notifications received and Times opened.

From the same Dashboard, you can set timers for individual apps. Setting timers allows you to limit usage, promoting healthier screen habits. Here’s how to do it.

Set individual app timers on Android

  1. Go to SettingsDigital Wellbeing & parental controls → Tap Dashboard.
  2. From the list of apps, you can select the hourglass icon next to each app to set timers. Or, you can select the app and change settings. For ease of use and universal application, I am going with the second method.
  3. Tap App Timer → Select preferred time in the popup menu → Choose OK.

    Select app timer, enter time, pick ok

Surprisingly, from the same menu, you can even decide whether or not you want to receive notifications for the app.

Choose Manage notifications → Toggle on/off the options to regulate app notifications on your phone.

Choose manage notifications, toggle on/off custom settings

Also, adding a screen time widget to your Android home screen will allow you to see how much time you have spent on your phone.

Add screen time widget to home screen on Android

  1. Long press an empty space on your home screen. 
  2. Tap Widgets → Scroll down and pick Digital Wellbeing.

    Tap widgets, select dgital wellbeing
  3. From the drop-down, select the widget and drag it to your preferred slot on the screen. 

    Drag the digital wellbeing widget to home screen 

Wrapping up!

In today’s modern world, it is impossible to live without your smartphone. From professional commitments to personal stuff – these tiny devices have it all sorted for us.

This article on how to check screen time on an Android phone will help you break the smartphone addiction loop. Do let me know in the comments section.   

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  • Srishti Pandey

    For over five years, Srishti has been exploring the tech space with her writing glasses long forgotten on her head. As an Android user for years, she likes fiddling with the features and experimenting like a curious child. Thanks to her Master’s degree in English Literature, she is pretty good at weaving words that decode complex tech jargon and present it in a language that is easy to understand and put-to-good-use. With her keen interest in digging out the most sorted gadgets and apps, she saves her readers a few extra hours of not-so-fruitful Internet surfing.

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