Best Screen Time Apps to Monitor and Limit Screen Time on your iPhone and Android

Best Screen Time Apps to Monitor and Limit Screen Time on your iPhone and Android

Thinking of installing a screen time app on your iPhone or Android devices or on your kid’s phone? You’re not alone. These free and premium apps will help you limit and take control of your daily screen time. Parental controls can help, but they are not foolproof. Some inappropriate content can still get past them.

These apps to limit screen time help you to create a balanced screen time for your children. Here is the list of the best screen time apps to monitor and limit the screen time on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

OurPact - Parental Control App

1. OurPact - Parental Control App

OurPact - Parental Control App - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

OurPact is a parental control app enabling parents to manage children's screen time and usage. It offers features like setting schedules, blocking specific apps and websites, and monitoring online activity. However, it cannot monitor text messages and posts on social media apps.

Cost: 14-day free trial. Subscription starts from $70 per year

Devices: iOS, Android


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ScreenCoach

2. ScreenCoach

ScreenCoach - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac)

ScreenCoach is a screen time management app that combines task rewards with screen time regulation. It allows parents to track screen usage, set limits, and block apps or websites. The app motivates kids to engage in physical activities as part of earning screen time.

Cost: 30 days for only $1 (30 day money-back guarantee)

Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows and Mac



1Question Screen Time Control

3. 1Question Screen Time Control

1Question Screen Time Control - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

1Question blends learning with screen time management, offering educational mini-games that unlock screen time for children. It features an AI-driven personalised learning pathway and gives parents control over screen time and learning topics, although it allows skipping knowledge questions.

Cost Free for limited free

Devices: iOS, Android



Qustodio Parental Control

4. Qustodio Parental Control

Qustodio Parental Control - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Qustodio is a digital well-being and parental control solution, providing content filtering, activity monitoring, and screen time limits. However, it does not monitor text messages and social media posts.

Cost 7-day free trial. Subscription starts from $55 per year for 5 devices (30 days money-back guarantee)

Devices: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Chromebook, Kindle


FamiSafe

5. FamiSafe

FamiSafe - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

FamiSafe helps parents monitor and protect their children's online and offline activities with features like screen time management, location tracking, and web filtering. It does not have the capability to read text messages and may drain the device's battery.

Cost 3-day free trial and subscription starts from $10 per month (7-day money back guarantee)

Devices: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Chromebook, Kindle Fire


Screen Time Parental Control

6. Screen Time Parental Control

Screen Time Parental Control - 4 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Screen Time Parental Control offers app and device usage limits with detailed device usage reports. It features screen time limits, usage tracking, and app blocking. However, its features are limited on iOS devices and it upcharges for location tracking and web filtering.

Cost 7-day free trial then $7 per month

Devices: iOS, Android


Norton Family parental control

7. Norton Family parental control

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Norton Family parental control focuses on safe online practices and screen time management, featuring web and app filtering, and location tracking. It suffers from some user interface issues and unhelpful support services.

Cost 30-day free trial. Subscription starts from $50 per year (60-days money-back guarantee)

Devices: iOS, Android, Windows


Boomerang Parental Control

8. Boomerang Parental Control

Boomerang Parental Control - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Boomerang Parental Control offers screen time options, web filtering, app management, and location tracking. However, it may have delays in receiving alerts or notifications and has limited support for older devices.

Cost Free with in-app purchases

Devices: iOS, Android


ESET Parental Control

9. ESET Parental Control

(Android)

ESET Parental Control for Android focuses on keeping young kids safe online with age-based filters, app blocking, and location tracking. It experiences inconsistencies in web filtering and has limited features.

Cost Free with in-app purchases

Devices: Android


Kaspersky Safe Kids

10. Kaspersky Safe Kids

Kaspersky Safe Kids - 5 star rating

(Android, iPhone, iPad)

Kaspersky Safe Kids provides screen time limits, app blocking, and online activity tracking for parents. It faces several limitations on iOS and has a sluggish web interface.

Cost Free with limited features. Subscription starts from $14.99 a year

Devices: iOS, Android



Frequently Asked Questions

How much screen time should kids have?

The World Health Organisation makes the following recommendations for per-day use:
  • Under one — no screen time.
    One-year-old — no screen time
  • Two-year-old one hour per day maximum but less preferred
  • Three and four-year-olds — no more than one hour.
For older kids, the advice is less clear cut with the following being a general guideline:
Older children should limit their screen time to less than two hours per day, excluding online classes.

Is all screen time the same?

A study by Unicef found what kids do online was as important as how much time they spend using screens. Too much time overall is bad but too much time time on the wrong type of content is just as bad. 

Kids spending time using their devices to learn have a more positive experience than kids spending the same time playing games or browsing social media. Screen control apps often let you turn off specific categories of apps at different times. You could turn off games for some of the day while leaving educational and eBook apps accessible.

What can I do to help my kids use their devices healthily?

  • Set a good example. Put your device away when sharing time and talking with your kids.
  • Provide opportunities and options that do not rely on using devices.
  • Monitor and control devices using a screen control app and explain to kids why it is important.


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