You get home after a long day at work or school but you don’t talk to your family because you are busy looking at your phone. You go out with friends for dinner but you spend the night looking at messages on your phone. You have to study or concentrate on your work, but you are on your phone looking at Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and when you look at the time, you realise that you’ve wasted several hours.
Detox: Procrastination Blocker
Detox: Procrastination Blocker is one of the most popular apps to help control a phone addiction. Like the rest of the apps in this category, Detox Lock allows you to block the apps that waste your time, and allow you to control how much time, in total, you spend on them per day. Detox is designed to keep apps restricted, even if the device has been restarted.
You can download Detox by clicking here.
Warning: Huawei and Xiaomi mobiles have their own task cancellation services that are incompatible with Detox and can change the functionality of the app. If you have one of these brand’s devices, be sure to add this app to those allowed in your security settings.
For those looking for an app to improve their self-control and productivity by reducing the time they spend on their phone, Stay Focused is one of the best options on the market.
Stay Focused is an app that blocks other apps, from social networks to instant messaging and even the phone completely.
One of the highlighted features of Stay Focused is that it allows you to customise the amount of blocking that you do. For example, if you wish, you can block Instagram for three hours, or if you prefer, you can configure a maximum use of 40 minutes per day for a certain app.
Download Stay Focused by clicking here.
This is an excellent option for those who want to improve their productivity and performance whilst working and studying. With AppBlock you can block apps such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to improve your concentration.
One of the features that differentiates AppBlock is the ability to stop yourself from deactivating it. You can set it up for a certain amount of time, and you will be unable to alter the settings before that time limit has run out.
In addition, AppBlock has a tool that allows you to create different profiles. Each profile can be set up to block different apps. If you example you need access to Instagram for work, but do not need Twitter, you can block Twitter and keep Instagram accessible.
Do you want to download AppBlock for free? You only have to click here.
App Lock Master
The App Lock Master app is one of the simplest and fastest alternatives when it comes to locking apps that make you use time. This app works slightly differently to the others. You firstly need to create a password which will then allow you to access the blocked app.
This is probably a better app for those who have a stronger will power. If you are subconsciously clicking onto an app, you will be prompted for a password - this should be enough for you to get back to work.
This app has the alternative use of securing your phone and stopping unwanted users from accessing certain apps. Among its most striking features is the possibility to take automatic photos in case someone tries to access your phone or blocked apps. There is also the possibility of hiding the App Lock Master icon to prevent anyone from deleting it.
You can download App Lock Master and see more information here.
Antisocial is an original concept that helps you understand to what extent you are addicted to your smartphone. This app shows you in precise detail your daily consumption of your phone. In addition, Antisocial collects the statistics related to your use of the device and shows your a comparison with other users of the app.
In addition to this, as with the majority of these apps, Antisocial allows you to restrict access to apps that waste your time and let you set daily limits for each of them.
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