Apple first introduced Screen Time for the iPhone and iPad series in iOS 12, allowing users to see statistics about how much time spent on devices per day. Screen Time has now moved to macOS with macOS Catalina, allowing Mac users to perform the same function on their laptops and desktops.
Screen Time provides the ability to track device usage on a per-app basis, which can be very helpful if you want to know which apps you're spending the most time on. Likewise, it also lets you set app limits, downtime rules, and more, very much like in iOS. In macOS, Screen Time has replaced Parental Control, because the features are integrated into Screen Time.
Here's a guide showing how to set up Screen Time on a Mac and its related features:
1. Open System Preferences on a Mac.
2. Click Screen Time.
3. Click the button Options in the lower left corner.
4. Click "Turn On".
All operations have been completed. Screen Time will now automatically track and record your device usage stats.
You can choose to follow App Usage, Notifications andPickups from the tabs on the left.
Use Downtime, you can choose to specify a time period during which several allowed applications and phone calls are available. This restriction applies to all iCloud devices synced with Screen Time enabled.
The allowed applications can be selected from the section "Always Allowed".
App Limits will allow you to set certain limits on how long a particular app is used. The application will be locked when the time is up. This can be very helpful in controlling how much time your kids spend on the device or setting time limits on the games they play on a Mac.
Part Content & Privacy Restrictions allows you to restrict specific content, purchase and download on a Mac. Using the options listed, you can limit web content, downloads, and applications. You can also disable passwords and change accounts, etc.
If you want to set a password for Screen Time so that no other user can change the settings, you can do so from the button. Options. This button will also allow you to extend the time limit for applications, when they are due to stop using.
How to turn off Screen Time app notifications on a Mac
If you still want to continue using Screen Time but don't receive any notifications from the app, here's how to turn them off. First, you click Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.Select System Preferences from the menu bar
In System Preferences, click Notifications.Select Notifications from the System Preferences page
In the page Notifications, pull down the list of apps until you see Screen Time, click on it. Then click the button next to option Allow Notifications From Screen Time to turn it off (if it's turned off then don't click anymore).Turn off Screen Time notifications
Closed System Preferences. After that, you will not receive any more notifications from the Screen Time app.
How to turn off Screen Time application completely on Mac
If the Screen Time app still sends notifications to, but you don't want to use Screen Time anymore (sometimes macOS updates also cause Screen Time to turn back on automatically), you can turn it off completely. the steps are below.
First, open System Preferences by pressing Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen and select System Preferences from the menu. In the page System Preferences, click Screen Time.Select Screen Time from the System Preferences page
In the page Screen Time, click on options Options in the lower left corner of the window. Then press the button Turn Off in the upper right corner. Screen Time will be completely turned off (finally peaceful, right).Select Turn Off to turn Screen Time off completely
Screen Time can be used as a great tool to track device usage statistics and contribute to daily lifestyle changes based on the statistics presented. You can also set limits for specific apps and content on your Mac if needed.
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