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|8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by tripleY(m): 1:02pm On Sep 13|
Smartphones have assumed the status of almost-indispensable gadgets. With the utility of these devices increasing by the day, it is no surprise that smartphone addiction is on the rise among various classes and demographics of users.
According to the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, smartphones have lent hitherto-unimagined ease and convenience to the increasingly fast-paced world we live in, such that the boundary of their innovative uses is constantly being pushed.
For many, smartphone addiction is now an unavoidable reality, resulting in often dire effects on work, health and human relationships.
However, the beauty of technology is the ability to use it to find solutions to its side-effects. So, if you are hooked on your smartphone, there are apps to help you deal with that. According to Yudala, here are a few apps that can help you break your smartphone addiction.
1.QualityTime (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. Also, 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.
2.Offtime (iOS, Android): The Offtime app helps users unplug by blocking distracting apps like Facebook and games, while also filtering communications. It includes information on how much you actually use your smartphone. You can choose tailored modes like Work, Family, or Me Time to ensure that you have access to the things you need, but aren’t distracted by what you don’t. Analytics of your phone and app usage can be an important wake-up call, and can help you curb your habits.
3.AppDetox (Android): Another useful application for breaking smartphone addiction, AppDetox can help you get your weakness under control, especially if you are one of those whose attachment to the smartphone is based on apps-usage. You can set your own parameters on an app-by-app basis so you can have access when it is not a disruption. Every time you break one of your own rules, the app reminds you to put down your phone.
4.Forest (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Firefox): Forest is a simple app that rewards you for not touching it. When you want to focus, open the app to plant a tree. If you want that tree to grow, don’t touch your phone for the next 30 minutes. That’s it. The mobile version encourages you to leave the app open, while the browser version gives you more flexibility: it encourages you to not browse sites from a block list you set for yourself. If you find yourself opening your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tabs when you should be working, Forest is the right app for you.
5.Moment (iOS): Moment tracks your device usage and allows you to set daily limits. The beauty of the app is that it notifies you if you exceed them. You can even use a setting that “forces” you off your phone by flooding your screen with annoying alerts when you try to extend your screen time. Moment can also be used for families, with the option to track your family’s device use from your own phone.
6.BreakFree (iOS, Android): BreakFree incorporates the usage tracking features found in many similar apps, but it differs in that it breaks down the information into an easy-to-understand “addiction score.” It also shows you how often you unlock your phone screen, and comprehensively logs your usage for the day. This system makes it a great choice for those who like to set goals and challenge themselves. Ironically, it may also get you addicted to trying to see how low you can get your addiction score.
7.Flipd (Android): If you lack the focus or self-discipline to keep the phone away when you’re trying to get some work done, Flipd is the app for you. Flipd allows you to lock your phone for a set period of time, and once you do, there’s no going back. Even restarting your phone won’t disable the app, so it is almost impossible for you to cut corners. Flipd can even be used to remotely “flip off” one user from another user’s device, which is helpful for teams that want to keep one another focused on a task.
8.Stay on Task (Android): Stay on Task is an equally useful app which helps keep you away from your distracting smartphone in a gentler way. The app simply asks if you’re still on task at random intervals during the day. If you are easily distracted, Stay on Task can help you overcome this weakness by redirecting your focus when your mind is wandering.
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|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by froz(m): 7:44am On Sep 14|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by rodeo0070(m): 9:35am On Sep 14|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by HarveyDeven: 12:35pm On Sep 14|
Why won't you simply stop using the phone that much? In a few weeks, you can break your addiction...
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by froz(m): 7:12am On Sep 15|
Hmmmm. lets see
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by BreezyCB(m): 7:33am On Sep 15|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Temilayhor(m): 7:33am On Sep 15|
It won't work for some people...when there's still Nairaland.
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Anugod(f): 7:34am On Sep 15|
That Quality Time App is what Npower is using to monitor the activities of all the beneficiaries on the device. In the agreement policy, it was stated that a beneficiary must not use the device for personal activities more than for Npower activities. They pre-installed the Quality Time App and enabled tracking to monitor people's activities. Npower beneficiaries using device for personal stuff, beware.
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by silasweb(m): 7:34am On Sep 15|
Wow. This is good
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Ghnaija(m): 7:35am On Sep 15|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by sakalisis(m): 7:35am On Sep 15|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by samnificent(m): 7:35am On Sep 15|
short cut= delete Uc browser. Avoid nairaland
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by DaInferno(m): 7:35am On Sep 15|
Helpful to students
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Feranchek(m): 7:36am On Sep 15|
Hmm . . . You no know how these naija people be o! Some pipo addiction dey blood! Na blood transfusion dem need no be app aswear!
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by guitarmanpharell(m): 7:36am On Sep 15|
Well,,, bhur I doubt al dz stuffs shaa
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by wolextayo(m): 7:37am On Sep 15|
Lol. The app will frustrate you one day when you're doing something important in phone and it suddenly switch off, then you'll be like WTF, you'll now delete and satisfy yourself. As for me I don't need it. Sport betting and non stop hustle pays my bills
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by webincomeplus(m): 7:38am On Sep 15|
Nice apps. I particularly like how "Forest" works. But it's all down to self-discipline. If you block Facebook now, you can remove it anytime later when you can no longer bear the urge to check new updates.
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by sunshineV(m): 7:41am On Sep 15|
Just gimmie 500k. I wont touch it for a month
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by ogoplus: 7:43am On Sep 15|
Breaking Nairaland addiction is one thing I know I need to work on.
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by tlops(m): 7:50am On Sep 15|
Introduce another addiction to break one! Good!
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Petersamuel8(m): 7:55am On Sep 15|
Let me be honest it won't work for me
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Etizz: 8:06am On Sep 15|
don't think I need those app..... getting addicted is what I can't stop
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by gabe: 8:06am On Sep 15|
No cure for my addiction. Android off, i continue with bbz10. Bb off, i continue with nokia asha. I'm lost but i don't need help, thank u...
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by krayon22: 8:08am On Sep 15|
Oga! !....no worry,we dey okay
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by segebase(m): 8:09am On Sep 15|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Mav4blast(m): 8:14am On Sep 15|
The best way iz to decide within u dat u'll minimize de rate at wic u use ur phone!
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by olayinkajnr(m): 8:19am On Sep 15|
People like me. But not because of nairaland
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Emily22(m): 8:21am On Sep 15|
With diz apps listed above....na boredom go kill d person
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by donqx: 8:33am On Sep 15|
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by olowobaba10: 8:56am On Sep 15|
DON'T TOUCH YOUR PHONE UNLESS WHEN NECESSARY: BEST APP FOR BREAKING SMART PHONE ADDICTION .
|Re: 8 Free Apps That Can Break Your Smartphone Addiction by Hemcy(m): 9:01am On Sep 15|
Someone should give me OP address,I need to visit him with cane (pankere & koboko).
you want me to download all these app so that I will stop nairaland abi?,kolewerk. Even seun go vex
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