How to Choose Always Allowed Apps in Screen Time Settings on iPhone & iPad

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Apple's new operating system, iOS 12, has a set of Screen Time features that can be used to combat smartphone and device addiction by setting app limits. There are some apps, though, that you may want to have constantly available; luckily you can choose some apps that will always be allowed in your Screen Time settings. Let's get started learning how to set Always Allowed apps on iPhone and iPad. 

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To choose Always Allowed apps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Screen Time.
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  • Tap Always Allowed.
  • You'll see Phone, Messages, and FaceTime under Allowed Apps; you can tap the minus to take Messages and FaceTime out of the Always Allowed category, but Phone will stay there no matter what.
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  • To add an app to Always Allowed, tap the green circle with the white plus sign to the left of the app icon.
  • The apps you selected will be added to Always Allowed at the top of the page; you can always take apps away or add more later if you like.
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.