How to View How Much Time You Spend in Apps on Your iOS Device

Posted in How To, iOS on 06/07/2017 by Chris Hauk

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How to View How Much Time You Spend in Apps on Your iOS Device

If you’ve ever wondered just how much time you spend in app on your iPhone or iPad, recent versions of iOS offer a quick and easy way to find out. You can view how long you’ve used a particular app in both the last 24 hours and the last 7 days.

How to View How Much Time You Spend in Apps on Your iOS Device

How to View How Much Time You Spend in Apps on Your iOS Device

1.) Open the Settings app on your iOS device, and then tap the Battery menu option from the Settings menu.

2.) On the Battery screen, scroll down to the BATTERY USAGE portion of the screen.

3.) Tap the little clock icon.

4.) You’ll see a list of your installed apps. Look beneath the app name, and you’ll see exactly how much time each app has been used.

5.) You can switch between a 24 hour and 7 days view by tapping the buttons at the top of the list.

You’ll see stats for both “on screen” and “background” usage in the list. “On screen” is the amount of time the app was in the foreground, being actively used by you. “Background” measures how long an app was actively doing something while it was in the background and not being actively used by you.

Once you see how much time you’re spending in certain apps, you may be able to understand a bit better exactly where the day goes. Adjust your schedule accordingly.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described “magnificent bastard,” Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone’s favorite “bad movie” website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.