5 apps that discover the reason behind your smartphone addiction

5 apps that discover the reason behind your smartphone addiction
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Sometimes you find yourself less organised and productive spending time on apps and wondering what went wrong. Even after spending your entire day doing plenty of activities, you still run out of time to complete your tasks. Have you ever thought where did all the time go? Surely, you must have realised that our smartphones take up the majority of our day.

However, can you guess what keeps you hooked to your mobile? Is it games, apps, music, or just web browsing that take up your entire time? If you want to find out the reasons for your smartphone addiction, consider using these apps and tools.

WhatPulse (Windows, Linus, and macOS)

When it comes to desktop usage, there aren’t many tools that can track applications and overall usage. Though, WhatPulse comes handy for such situations. It is a key-counting application that keeps eye on your computer uptime, number of keystrokes and clicks produced by the user, and bandwidth usage over a period of time. The application is said to provide data of keystroke counts, but it doesn’t record the sequence in which keys are pressed.

The application is free to use on the above-mentioned platforms; however, you can consider a premium option and get attractive-looking charts showing activities and other data. One useful feature of the application is that it can let you find out which applications are consuming most of your bandwidth. We hardly pay attention to the site that uses maximum bandwidth.

Quality Time (Android)

Quality Time is a time tracking app that works with Android smartphones. It is one of the popular apps in the Play Store and has over 1 million downloads. Plus, it is a free app. It shows clear data of what you are doing with your device and how much time you are spending on it. It displays total smartphone usage as well as provides the analysis of individual app usage.

Moreover, it tells you how frequently you are using your favourite apps. Apart from this, the Quality Time app offers an array of features such as daily usage alert warnings, scheduled breaks from your phone, and muted notifications for the distraction-free experience. Furthermore, you can create custom profiles which will allow you to have personalised predefined settings you can easily switch from.

App Usage (Android)

This app has a lot of similarities with Quality Time app, in terms of features and overall offering. The app lets you dig into the data of which apps and functions you are using the most on your device. It is an Android app and comes with loads of features for free. You can check the most used apps in a specific time. Or else, you can check the things you have done with your phone throughout the day.

The app won’t provide flexibility to manage and control your apps usage similar to Quality Time; but, it allows you to set up alerts when you exceed the use of apps. Another useful feature of App Usage is the option to manage the data of installed and uninstalled apps on the device. In this way, you can bring back the deleted apps.

Moment (iOS)

One of the frustrating things most of the iPhone or other iOS device users complain is that Apple’s operating system doesn’t let third-party apps to interfere with system applications. However, the Moment app manages to get inside the battery usage of your device and allows you to take screenshots. Apart from this, it can let you monitor the screen time of your entire family on your device.

The Moment Family feature is very useful if you are trying to restrict or keep a tab on your kid’s smartphone usage. You can get screen-free family dinner time using this feature. And if a family member tries to access their phone or tablet, the app produces an annoying alert which everyone can hear until the alleged phone goes on standby. It is a free app and can be downloaded from Apple iTunes.

Webtime Tracker (Google Chrome)

If web browsing is your primary usage, then this Chrome extension could help you find where most of your online time is going. This add-on segregates your daily browsing history into gorgeous charts and reports. You can access the usage reports and see how your usage differs over a specific time.

Furthermore, you can receive daily stats for the sites you visit the most and how much time you are spending on a particular website using the extension. The Webtime Tracker is smart enough to detect whether you are using the browser or not. You can set an idle time after which the extension will stop tracking web usage.

The developer of this extension promises that the users’ browsing data is kept locally on his browser and is never used anywhere else for generating reports. In case you are using Mozilla Firefox, you can try ‘Mind The Time’ add-on which will perform similar tasks for you.