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APP OF THE WEEK: QualityTime
What is QualityTime?
With always-on, always-accessible smartphones having usurped laptops as our go-to devices of choice, most of us are only ever a pocket rummage away from our favourite apps, pictures and sites. As such, it’s easier than ever to become addicted to the wonders of the virtual world.
By monitoring, recording and breaking down your smartphone use, QualityTime is designed to help you cut down the time you spend on your mobile.
QualityTime monitors your ‘digital diet’, tracking how long you use your phone and certain apps for, as well as the number of times you unlock your screen. You can choose to receive reports on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, and then explore them in depth. For example, you can view a timeline of what you’ve got up to throughout the day, or tap a specific app to see your usage history.
What’s more, the special ‘Take a break’ and ‘Scheduled breaks’ features allow QualityTime to lock your phone down during a pre-determined period of time. You can either set up breaks on an ad hoc basis or schedule them to repeat at certain times on certain days. If, for instance, you don’t want to be disturbed by anything but phone calls while you’re at work, you can block all other apps between 9am and 5.30pm on weekdays.
Missed notifications from blacklisted apps will become available as soon as your break’s over. However, if you really need to access an app you’re not meant to be using, QualityTime punishes you by forcing you to wait at least 30 seconds before restoring full functionality to your phone.
The app takes a little getting used to, mainly due to the sheer amount of information on offer at any one time. It presents the data in as tidy a manner as it can, but it’s still a lot to take in.
The only other negative surrounds the fact that QualityTime is essentially a digital version of your mum or dad sending you to the naughty corner. Sadly, it seems that that could be the most effective plan of action for many of us.
Like a cross between an attentive parent and the micromanagement-obsessed boss from hell, QualityTime is an essential download if most of your time is spent staring at a pocket-sized screen.
Score: 9/10 | Price: Free | In-app purchases? No | Download QualityTime
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