Whether you want to spend some time away from your iPhone but can’t seem to get away from the grip of social networking applications, or you just need some peace and quiet from work emails while on vacation, Apple’s Screen Time feature is here to help. Apple added Screen Time and the option to block some iPhone applications when it released iOS 12 last year, allowing users to “make more informed decisions about how they use their devices.”
Here’s what you need to do if you want to use a passcode to lock your iPhone applications. Remember that, because Apple does not provide an app locking mechanism, this approach is a workaround, although it works rather effectively.
Here’s how to go about it
- Go to Settings
- Go to Screen time and click Content & Privacy Restrictions
- Tap Allowed Apps
- Turn off all the switches for apps you don’t want to use
- Go back to the Home Screen
How to set time limits for apps
- Go to Settings and Screen Time
- Scroll down to the app of your choice
- Find Add Limit at the bottom
- After you’ve entered your Screen Time passcode, use the dials to establish a time limit.
How to access an iPhone app locked by Screen Time
- If you have reached the time limit you placed on an app, but wish to continue using it, tap the As for more time icon.
- Tap “Enter Screen Time Passcode.” If you haven’t set up a Screen Time passcode, this will just be the passcode you use to open your iPhone.
- Continue using the app as long as you like it!
There. You’re all set. Are you going to try out these tricks? Tell us in the comments below!