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Limiting Social Media – Top 6 App Timers For Android

Why you should limit your time on social media

Is the amount of time you spend on social media apps affecting your personal and professional life lately?
Does it feel like you’re losing control and decreasing productivity?

You need to check it.

In this age, where almost everything is designed to grab our attention, we must make a great effort to find balance. We must set priorities and utilize resources the best way we can to get what we want out of life.

Social media offers us a platform to learn, network, socialize, promote our businesses, get entertained, and source new information. But it shouldn’t be to the detriment of our well-being, professional, personal, and family life.

According to ‘addiction center’, “Social media addiction is a behavioral addiction that is defined by being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.”

It can be unhealthy if you are using social media to communicate non-productively, watch videos solely for entertainment as opposed to education, and obsess over and compare your social life to that of your peers. Uncontrolled use of social media can negatively impact your job, studies, and family. That is why everyone must maximize, track and limit the time spent on social media.

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How much time is appropriate to spend on social media?

Experts say 30 minutes per day is enough to spend on social networking apps for better well-being, but that answer may not be the best for many people. How much time you should spend on social media depends on what you do on the apps, and how much productive results it yields.

If you are a marketer or business account manager, and you find social networks as the best platform to promote your business, and you’re getting results, then spend as much time as is necessary. However, note that there are tools that can help you schedule your posts, thereby saving you time for other activities.

For a regular social network user who uses social media for news updates, entertainment, and socializing, I recommend that you do not spend more than 2 hours daily on social media apps. You need time for more productive activities like work projects, studies, outdoor activities, games, meditation, for family and friends.

Usually, we don’t realize that we spend a lot of time on social media apps until we track it. App timers let us be more aware of our habits of using our phones and make adjustments accordingly.

Top 6 App Timers to Limit Excess Use of Social Media for Android

Here are the top 6 apps that can help you limit your social media usage and afford you more time for other life activities. They also have other features that can help you stay productive with more important life goals and improve your sense of well being.

1. Digital Wellbeing By Samsung

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Digital wellbeing is a simple and smartly built screen time and app timer app that can help limit device and app usage times.Developed by Samsung, it comes installed on most Samsung Galaxy phones.

Features

Goal setting:
Screen time: set goals for how much you use your device daily.
App timers: limit the daily usage time for each app by setting a timer. When you reach the limit, the app will deactivate, and you cannot use it.
‘Way to Disconnect’ feature, which includes:

  • Focus mode: activate focus mode to avoid distractions from your device and stay focused on what you want. You can use the apps you allowed in focus mode.
  • Bedtime mode: turns the screen to grayscale to reduce eye strain before sleeping and triggers DND (do-not-disturb) to prevent your sleep from being disturbed.
  • Weekly reports, among other features. You can check it out if you want.

2. Stay Free – Stay Focused

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Stay Free is a highly rated screen time and self control app with over 5 million downloads. It is fast and user friendly.

Features

  • Ad free
  • Restricts app usage through a set time limits
  • Receive alerts when exceeding those usage limit
  • Usage statistics
  • Over-use reminder: notify you when you are spending too much time in an app and start your digital detox.
  • Block mode: Temporary block application that you are over-using
  • Focus mode: Create schedules for distracting apps to stay focused
  • Sleep mode: schedule your sleep time to disable apps
  • Pause apps, Inspiring quotations,
  • Interface customization: has 5 themes
  • Lock mode: requires app to change the settings
  • Widget: show most used apps and total usage on a nice widget

3. YourHour – Phone Addiction Tracker & Controller

YourHour has over 2 million downloads and is available in 21 global languages.

Key features

  • Dashboard summary: Provides a summary of app usage in a simplified way.
  • Goal spots that categorizes you based on usage habits.
  • Clock Timer displays your usage real-time statistics. It appears on all apps so users can see for themselves their time slipping by.
  • It can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the screen. the color can be changed.
  • Tap That App – shows comprehensive insights in a progress bar for each app.
  • Phone’s Daily Routine
  • Multiple detailed reports – Insightful daily, weekly and monthly report with great analysis. Option to export data in excel
  • Widget on screen

4. Screen Time – Restrain yourself by Iridium Dust Limited

Screen Time – Restrain yourself by Iridium Dust Limited has a simple interface, and over 1 million downloads.

Key features

  • Shows a detailed view of daily mobile phone usage
  • Set a daily duration limit for each app
  • You can set a different duration for each day, such as on weekends
  • Time duration notifications and App Lock
  • App usage statistics for daily and weekly

5. ActionDash: Screen time Helper

ActionDash is an Android app time that can help you find your phone/life balance. It is available in 17 global languages globally. and has over 1 million downloads.

Key features

  • Screen time: how much you use each app and total
  • App Launch history: how frequently you use different apps
  • Sleep mode: schedule your sleep time to disable apps
  • Focus mode: lets you pause distracting apps with a single tap so you can better focus your time.
  • You can also set a schedule to turn on Focus mode automatically and reduce distractions while you’re at work, school, or home.
  • App usage limits: temporarily block any application that you are over-using and stay focused.
  • Enhanced insights: screen time breakdown, usage average, global usage average

6. QualityTime: Phone Addiction

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QualityTime app has a unique interface. It has expanded features that are a bit different from other app timers. It alerts you at intervals about your app usage and suggests more things you should do with your life.

Key features

  • Your usage timeline: Visually engaging and easy-to-use real time report.
  • Monitor and get real time reports on how much time you spend on your phone and app.
  • Scroll and Swipe to view timeline activities
  • Discover your habits: check your phone usage
  • Daily and weekly usage summary
  • Customize and exclude tracking by apps; pause tracking at anytime
  • Create device usage alert and app usage time alert
  • One-click access to Unplug from your smartphone
  • Schedule break: Plan your “Take a break” in advance

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Wrap Up

I use Digital Wellbeing by Samsung, and I’ve found it very helpful in managing my time on social media platforms. If we do not track our time with app timer we may never know how much time we spend on social media platforms.

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Article written by Ifeanyi Okey

Ifeanyi creates content that help individuals develop their tech skills and be more resourceful and productive in their businesses. He's a web Designer and a WordPress Technical Expert.

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