How to Use App Limits and Downtime in iOS 12

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In iOS 12, Apple's digital health push includes a couple of special new features for iPhone and iPad users who want to cut down on their app usage: App Limits and Downtime. In this article, we'll show you how to use them.

    App Limits allows you to set specific time limits on a particular app category (games, for example). When you've spent the designated time using the app category, iOS sends you an alert notifying you of the fact. Of course, you're free to ignore these alerts, but the idea behind them is that they'll help you manage your time better.


    The second feature, Downtime, enables you to set a daily schedule for when you'd rather not use your iOS device at all. Once activated, the feature restricts device usage to phone calls and any apps you've specifically exempted from Downtime. Like App Limits, you can override these restrictions - they're more like good guidance than anything else, and can still help if you honestly want to self-regulate your mobile usage.

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  2. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    would be good to know how this works with family sharing. Eg can kids be set up so they can't ignore the limits? If they hit a limit can they request an extension from the parent?
  3. aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    They were SO close to having something that works for kids. As it works now, the kids can just ignore the limit...
  4. jutdon84 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2016
    Only if you give them the passcode you set up when you enable Time Limit.
  5. aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    No, I just tested it. There is no passcode required to tell it to ignore the time limit.

    Edit: Oh, you're right! You have to turn on the Content and Privacy Restrictions (under a different menu item) to make it prompt them for a password.

    This will actually let me give my daughter an iPad now. :)
  6. eroyce macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Minnesota (brrrr)
    If your kids have separate devices and their own appleID set up as part of the family, they will need to request permission from you to extend their time limit.
  7. PW47 macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2017
  8. KC in KC macrumors newbie

    KC in KC

    Oct 27, 2016
    As a parent, there has to be way to completely ban an application. Currently, you have to assign at least 1 minute of time. This is not a good parental control.

    Also, there is too much "security" based on Apple's view of app categories. If I want my child to use one "Social Networking" app and not others, there isn't a good way to do that except granting "Always Available". Then the downtime limits don't apply.

    It looks like Our Pact or other parental controls will still be required in IOS 12.
  9. MJ0778 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2018
    Bremen, Germany
    It seems like. My tougher has a Apple touch with iOS 9.3.5 and it doesn’t work. Although I can choose my tougher in my settings and I can set limits etc. Would be nice if it works on every iOS.
  10. ajguckian macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2012
    Hudson Valley
    Is there any way to remove an app from the categories they have setup?

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