How to Check Screen Time on Android in 2022

How to Check Screen Time on Android in 2022: The amount of time spent using electronic devices with displays is quantified as “screen time.” These gadgets could include computers, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

Your physical and mental health are significantly impacted by screen time. You can’t turn your attention away from the captivating content on your Android phone or tablet so that you can work on important tasks at home or at the office.

As a result, Google, Apple, and other mobile app development firms have created apps that let you keep track of how much time you spend using your handled device.

It’s crucial to keep your phone usage under control. At least, that is what self-help publications and motivational speakers advocate. If we ignore the fact that they’re saying it to profit from you, they are correct, of course. But is total command actually attainable? Particularly in today’s society, where your smartphone pretty much controls every aspect of your life.

That’s a complicated argument best left to those who are much more knowledgeable than I am. I won’t start it instead of taking the chance of saying something I might later regret. Instead, I’ll get super technical (as I always do here at Mobile Internist) and demonstrate how to view your Android smartphone’s screen time (starting with Android 9 Pie). Since that is the primary reason you are here, I assume.

On an Android phone, everything can be done in one of two ways, as you are probably already aware. You can either use the built-in tools or look to third-party apps for assistance. Controlling screen time is also a common practice.

Three Ways to Check Screen Time on Android

1. Utilize Digital Wellbeing: You can use Digital Wellbeing to check your usage time if you’re using a Pixel or Android One device. This feature is intended to help you use your phone more responsibly and minimize distractions, as its name suggests. Later, more OEMs adopted Digital Wellbeing as the default app; it is also available here on the Play Store.

Digital Wellbeing has a straightforward design. It displays the number of unlocks and notifications, as well as app usage by time. Other features include scheduling the Do Not Disturb mode and the Wind Down feature, which converts your screen to Greyscale to make it easier to view at night. There is also the Bedtime mode. In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know.

Simply select Settings > Digital Wellbeing to access the service. Its icon can also be displayed in the app drawer.

But if you simply want to know how much power your screen is using, look at the options below.

2. Examine screen time using Power Usage: Your phone’s power status has you covered if you don’t want to download any third-party apps that will let you track your screen time. Naturally, it displays battery life and time remaining, which translate to screen time.

How to monitor screen time using Power Usage is as follows:

Select Battery under Settings.
Battery usage can be found by tapping the 3-dot menu.
Select Show full device usage from the 3 dot menu by tapping it once more.
monitor screen time
As you can see, the power graph and status display the precise duration of your screen’s use.

The aforementioned instructions are for Android One or stock Android. On non-stock ROMs, the procedures might change. However, the basic idea is still the same—all you need to do is look for battery usage.

The fact that this approach only displays screen time since the most recent charge is an obvious disadvantage. The statistics cannot be sorted by days, hours, or weeks. Additionally, if you require a thorough analysis of your screen-on-time usage, the information might be too scant. You’ll need to install a third-party app if you want to monitor your daily screen time. Applications like AccuBattery should be used for this (found on the Play Store, here).

There are many options if you do not like Google’s Digital Wellbeing. One of them is Usage Time.

3. Install Usage Time: You can always use a third-party app if the “stock way” isn’t comprehensive enough for you. There are a few options in the Play Store, but because of its simplicity, I suggest Usage Time.

There are no extraneous features or distracting elements in the app; it only provides the information you need. It merely displays how much time was spent using the screen today, broken down by the apps that were used.

In order to easily keep track of your phone usage over the previous week, there is also a graph of usage time.

How To Fix Screen Time Not Working After Android 12 update

No matter what timeout is set on the device, it appears that the screen doesn’t turn off automatically. It started happening after updating to Android 12 because Android 11 had no problems at all with the screen timeout. In most cases, if you’ve set your device’s screen time limit to 15 seconds or more, the screen will shut off on its own when in idle mode. However, the Android 12 bug is causing this problem, which Google needs to address right away.

In that case, it is annoying and inconvenient for the affected Android 12 to have to manually press the power button to turn off the screen. Although restarting the phone or clearing the device’s cache partition may initially resolve the problem, it inevitably returns, which is frustrating. While some unfortunate users continue to experience the issue.

It’s not the best use of your time to spend excessive amounts of time in front of a screen, for a variety of reasons. First off, excessive screen time is frequently associated with health problems. This is typically true if we spend the entire day staring at a screen because we tend not to be physically active. Not to mention the way screens interfere with our sleep. The fact that it takes up your time is also significant. You could spend that time with your family, at work, exercising, or doing other things rather than endlessly scrolling through social media.

 

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