Are you too attached to your smartphone? Ironically, there’s an app for that.
Teach yourself to use your phone less. Rethink your relationship with your phone, one day at a time. After all, the best app is your own mental ability to control what to do and what not to do. It is like smoking, no amount of nicotine patches will help, the mind is the best medicine.
01 – AppDetox | Free | Android
AppDetox helps you to calm down your mobile app usage, and take a digital detox. You are able to set your own rules for your apps to detox from some heavy usage and stop procrastinating and phubbing. Lock your apps with this applocker.
Every time you violate one of your own rules, AppDetox will remind you to take a break and stop your heavy app usage. You can also keep track of these violations in a log. Some people are using AppDetox for parental control of their kid’s screen time.
02 – Flipd | Free | iOS | Android
With Flipd, you never have to be distracted by your phone again! Backed by research, Flipd is the leading app that effectively hides social media apps and games for you so that you can stay focused and on-task. You can even challenge yourself to stay off of your phone and track your productivity and progress as you go.
- Challenge yourself to unplug while you work
- Flipd will remind you to stay on task
- Motivate yourself by tracking the time you’ve saved
- Schedule reminders for whenever you need to Flip Off
- Use the Full Lock to hide distracting apps and games
03 – Moment | Free | iOS | Android
Put down your phone and get back to your life. Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.
04 – QualityTime | Free | Android
QualityTime offers a unique and in-depth analysis of your smartphone activities by tracking total usage, screen unlocks and individual apps with hourly, daily and weekly summary reporting options. The app provides the ability to curb your habits by using actionable features allowing you to set your own time restrictions like ‘alerts’, ‘take a break’ and ‘scheduled breaks’.These features can help you manage and control your usage when needed.
You can create different QualityTime profiles to customize how you wish to unplug from your smartphone during “take a break” or “scheduled breaks” to minimize distractions during those periods. QualityTime profiles provide options for you to block notifications and reject phone calls with auto reply text messages. You can also define exceptions to allow incoming calls from important contacts and permit access to specific apps during those restricted periods.
05 – Forest: Stay focused | Free | iOS | Android
Have you ever been addicted to your phone and just cannot put it down? Forest provides an interesting solution to beat your phone addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the following time, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive our users to stay away from their phone with no pain. Features
- A self-motivated and interesting way to help you beat phone addiction
- Stay focused and get more things done
- Share your forest and compete with friends
- Track your history in a simple and pleasant way
- Earn reward and unlock more tree species
- Customize your whitelist : Leaving Forest and using apps in whitelist won’t kill your tree.