Screen Time locks for iPhones & Android

Screen Time Limit settings. To limit time spent on sex Apps. 

(Some other phones have similar settings, sometimes under “Digital Wellbeing” or “Screen-time”.)


Part 1; instructions for iPhones

If you find you are using sex-Apps compulsively, many iPhones have a setting that limits screen time on specific Apps, and locks it with a passcode.

The first thing to do is to setup a screen time passcode.

You should pick a random 4 digit number that is not easily remembered (not 1234, or any pattern on the keypad that you will remember! e.g. 1397 as you may remember it as a square!)

  • Write this number down and put it somewhere not easily accessible (e.g. in a locker at work, or with a friend who will not not give it to you outside the hours of 9-5 mon-fri,)

 

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings → Screen Time. On Samsungs it is called Digital Wellbeing
  • Choose ‘Use screen time passcode’
  • When prompted to setup ‘ScreenTime Passcode Recovery’ click cancel (You do not want to have the ability to reset this using your Apple ID)
  • When prompted with ‘Are you sure’ choose ‘skip’

 

Next you want to choose which apps to restrict.

 

  • Go to Settings →  Screen Time →  App Limits → enable (green button)
  • Add Limit
  • Click the arrow to the right hand side of ‘Social Networking’
  • Choose the apps you want to limit (e.g. grindr, recon, etc.)
  • Choose the amount of time to allow (1 minute is the lowest you can go)
  • Make sure ‘block at end of limit’ is enabled (green button)
  • You can also choose to block on certain days only (e.g. Fri-Sun) by choosing ‘customize days’
  • Click Add in the top right hand corner
  • The limit has now been added

 

Some tips

Another way to ‘forget’ the passcode is to write it down backwards on the paper. Your brain finds it more difficult to remember the number backwards!


Part 2; Instructions for Android

The first thing to do is to create a passcode.

Depending on your version of Android and ‘Stay Focussed’ App, you should be prompted for a 6-digit passcode, but some versions will ask for 4-digit

You should pick a random 6 digit number that is not easily remembered (not 123456, or any pattern on the keypad that you will remember! e.g. 123987 as you may remember it as a square!)

  • Write this number down and put it somewhere not easily accessible (e.g. in a locker at work, or with a friend who will not not give it to you outside the hours of 9-5 mon-fri, etc.)
  • Next you must install an App called ‘Stay Focused’ (free) from google play store.
  • Once installed, open the app and choose ‘grant access’ , scroll down and give access to ‘stay focused’. This allows Stay Focused to monitor other apps
  • Click ‘create profile’, and choose a name (e.g. block apps), and search the app you wish to block (e.g. grindr, recon, etc.), and tick the box to the right to choose it
  • Click next (top right corner), and choose from any number of options to block.
  • E.g. to block all day fri, sat, sun, choose ‘ specific time intervals’, enable ‘app launch’ and ‘notification’ (you have to allow this), then tick F(ri) , S(at), S(un) in ‘On Days’ section
  • Click ‘Add’ in the ‘in intervals’ section at the bottom, and using the dial, select the time from 00:00AM -> 11:59PM
  • Click ‘save’ in top right hand corner
  • On the main screen again, enable ‘lock mode’
    • 1. ‘set new password’ , and tick ‘block access to phone settings’. This is where you enter your 6 digit passcode, and then just choose a fake email address (blah@blah.com) , to prevent you from turning it off
    • 2. Activate device admin -> activate
    • 3. Grant overdraw permission -> allow permission
    • Click Activate

Some tips

  • If you had to enter the passcode multiple times, your brain may remember it! Go back to https://numbergenerator.org/random-4-digit-number-generator and keep clicking through the numbers and say them aloud, to confuse your brain from remembering your passcode!
  • Another way to ‘forget’ the passcode is to write it down backwards on the paper. Your brain finds it more difficult to remember the number backwards!

 

If you want to use a diary to learn to manage your use of Apps, read more about this here.

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