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Screen Time

Screen Time is parental control software developed by Apple for its devices. It monitors the amount of time spent on apps, and the amount of notifications on a computer or device.


Screen Time was introduced as a new feature of iOS 12 and macOS Catalina, replacing Restrictions in iOS and Parental Controls in macOS. Like its predecessors, it can be used to block adult websites and explicit media. Screen Time displays the amount of time spent on apps and websites in Safari, and it also monitors website categories. It also supports time limits, to deter iPad addictions in children. Use of a 4-digit passcode can be optionally enabled.[1][2]


The following options can be managed through Screen Time:

  • Downtime
  • App Limits
  • Communication
  • Always Allowed
  • Content and Privacy


  1. How to use Apple’s new Screen Time and App Limits features in iOS 12 by Chris Welch, The Verge. 2018-09-17.
  2. Review: Screen Time for iPhone / iPad (iOS 12) by Justin Emery, 2018-12-01.

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