How to Set Downtime in Screen Time Settings with iOS 12 on iPhone

Screen addiction is a very real issue for many smartphone users and Apple is taking the problem seriously. With the rollout of the latest operating system, iOS 12, there's a new feature called Screen Time that can help iPhone and iPad users become aware of how much time they spend on their devices, then cut back if they feel the need. One of these settings is called Downtime, and it's exactly what it sounds like; a set time of day where your device reminds you that it's time to unplug and do something else. Let's get started learning how to set up Downtime in iOS 12 now. 

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To set up Downtime:

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  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Screen Time and toggle it on if you haven't already.

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  • Tap on Downtime.
  • Toggle on Downtime, then set when you'd like it to start and end.

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  • You'll receive a Downtime reminder five minutes before Downtime begins.
  • You'll then be notified when Downtime begins.

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  • The majority of your apps will be grayed out with an hourglass next to the app name.
  • Of course, you can go into Settings and change your Downtime if you wish, or you can tap on an app you want to use, then tap Ignore Limit.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.