With an increasing number of people using mobile devices, it’s important to remember that smartphones and tablets aren’t just communication tools; they’re also an avenue to entertainment and procrastination.
However, it’s easy to get caught up in an app and forget that you still have things to do or places to be—you need to know how much time you spend on apps every day, and here are 9 easy steps to help you out.
Step 1: Go here (Google Play Store)
(HERE). Select Menu from top left. Then select My apps & games. Here you can see apps and games installed on your phone (Google Play Store installed apps and non-Google Play Store downloaded apps). Just tap app icon for checking time spend on app.
Below is a snapshot of Android phone where I installed 9Apps App Manager, which tells total running time, current time, amount of ads seen and notification count at one place.
In future if they give me total separate statistics of each app in different categories or applications like social media, gaming etc., it will be easier for me to track how much time I spent per application in that category as well as overall usage of each application.
Step 2: Click Menu at top right hand corner
From here you will be able to see your running applications. Click END next to any app that you would like to exit. If you want further details, there is an information button with a little green arrow that opens up stats about each application and how much time has been spent in them.
Step 3: Settings will appear as an option below your email address
click on it. This will open a window with several options including: Accounts, Notifications, General, Security and About.
Select About and scroll down until you find the section marked Device. This will provide information about your device such as: Android version (the operating system for your smartphone), phone number (the number under which your phone is listed), network type (GSM/CDMA) and many more options.
Towards the bottom of this section are a couple of entries marked Usage and Battery, click on these to view data about how much time you spend online and what effects it has had on your battery life.
Step 4: Select Battery
If you are using Android, press Show battery usage and select Battery. If you are using iOS (iPhone), press Show battery usage and select Battery Usage or in newer iPhones you can click on Battery tab at top of screen which is present in Settings.
If you want only details about an app just tap once inside it. The full history will also be shown but before that a list of apps with available data will be shown in alphabetical order as well as by total amount of used time.
Step 5: Click Battery usage tab at the top of page
It displays a list of all apps, ranked by how much energy they consume. The most energy-hungry app is at the top of your list, and those that use more battery power will be listed higher. It’s only possible to view up to three apps at a time in Last 7 days mode.
However, it shows more apps when you switch to Last 3 days or Last 24 hours modes. To switch between different modes, tap More icon as shown in screenshot below
Step 6: Scroll down to bottom of page
Tap More > Battery. This will bring you to a page with a list of all your apps in order from most power-hungry down. Tap an app that you want information about, and then tap Usage time, which displays how much time you have spent using that app since unplugging your phone.
Repeat for as many apps as you like. If your device is running Android Oreo or above, tap Show CPU usage at top right if you wish to see how much processing power each app is using.
Step 7: Hit the Battery used by apps button below time spent counter
All apps that use battery in Android Pie are listed here. Your favorite game may be draining your phone, so you might want to check which app eats up more juice and block it temporarily. What’s more, battery saver mode can also help a lot if you have run out of power.
Just slide left to enable it, and then turn off some of apps that are heavy battery users. Battery saver mode kicks in automatically when your phone reaches 15% battery level.
Step 8: Choose which app you would like information about
To find out how much time you have spent on a specific app, go to Settings > Battery and you will see all your apps.
For example, I chose Google Play Services because I want information about that particular app. Tap it and you will get a list of options including Usage Details, Battery History, and Memory Usage. Choose Battery History.
Step 9: Decide whether or not you need the app running in the background, and change if needed.
If you need it, go to Settings > Battery, and then tap Background App. From there, choose what you want: Never, 5 Minutes, 15 Minutes or Always. If your phone has an option for Until background activity stops (iPhone), then set that too.
If you have Reduce Motion turned on in Accessibility, then setting Always will also enable motion reduction features.
If you need to, create an Apps folder in your file browser, or simply place a shortcut to a folder containing all of your apps on your desktop. Next, click and hold down on an app until they begin jiggling.
Then, click More > App info. In here will be a section called Storage where you can see how much space each app is taking up. It’s also worth noting that by holding down an app icon for a few seconds it will shrink it—click and drag one of these small icons onto another for easy deletion!
Now that you know how much storage each app is consuming, you can make some decisions about what you want to keep and what needs to go.