Screen Time has changed the way I use my iPhone and my iPad. The distracting apps are made questionable with limits of applications, so I procrastinate less. Better yet, I finally go to bed at the moment, thanks to the stop times. The two handsets make a world of difference. But of course, using Screen Time in its rawest form can be terrible.
I often find that the predefined categories in Screen Time are downright terrible. For example, Skype is in the Social Networks category, but I often need it to work. I do not appreciate that its use is within the limits of my application.
And when it comes to downtime, I prefer to have access to some applications such as Books or iChess. Love to fall asleep reading or doing a game of chess.
That's why I like to exclude applications from unavailable limits and applications. If you want to do that too, let's see how.
How to exclude applications from downtime and limitations of applications
Screen Time offers a nifty list of exclusions that you can use to exclude an application from the shutdowns as well as its limitations. You can do this quite easily, even during periods of downtime or when an application is restricted due to expired application limits. The process is the same on iOS 12 and iOS 13.
However, remember that using the exclusion list for an application subject to application limits will not prevent Screen Time from counting in the overall time limit for the rest. of the category. I know, it sounds ridiculous. If this concerns you, see the next section for an alternative method.
Step 1: Start by accessing the Time panel of the screen in the Settings application. Then press Always Allowed to access the Exclusions screen.
S2nd step: Then you just have to click on the icon in the form of more green color next to each application to exclude. If you have a Screen Time access code in place, you will have to insert it for the first application you exclude.
Excluded applications appear under the Allowed Applications section. Easy, is not it? Once you are done, go back or exit the Settings application to save your changes.
Point: If you're on iOS 13, you can also use the Allowed Contacts section at the top of the exclusions screen to allow access to specific contacts during idle time or after expiry of the limits. Application for Phone, FaceTime or Messages applications.
Exclude applications from application limits only
As described above, using the exclusion list is very convenient for quickly excluding applications. However, it has some disadvantages.
First, it excludes the application of downtime and application limits, which is not great if you are only looking to exclude it from it. Secondly, the list of exclusions will not prevent the application from counting within the time limits of its category, which is simply absurd.
Fortunately, there is another way, which is to remove the application from its respective predefined applications category. On iOS 12, you need to create your custom categories in Screen Time from scratch excluding critical applications, which I've already explained in the article. If you're on iOS 13, things are a lot easier, as shown below.
Step 1: If you want to exclude an application from a category already subject to application limits, start by pressing the Application Limits option in the Duration panel of the screen.
Then select the category of application from which you want to exclude the application. In this particular case, I want to exclude Books and Kindle applications, so I select the category Reading and reference.
S2nd step: On the next screen, tap Edit List. Then continue by expanding the category to display all the applications below. Now, just uncheck the category and then manually select the apps you want to include in the category. Make sure you do not check the applications (Books and Kindle in this instance) that you want to exclude.
Finally, tap Add, and then go back to save your changes. And that's all. You can also do this while submitting a category to application limits for the first time. Be sure to expand the category and select the applications you want to include instead of checking the entire category.
'Screen Time' as you like
I do not recommend using Screen Time without making serious exclusions regarding downtime and application limitations. Some applications, depending on your situation, may be crucial. I hope so that this guide has helped you. If you have problems (I know that Screen Time can be quite complicated), send a comment and I'll help you.
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