The Million-Dollar Question: How Much Less Do You Use Your iPhone Now?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MICHAELSD, May 14, 2015.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Frankly, I am looking forward to using my iPhone less and disconnecting a bit more from the smartphone. Too much of society is so intertwined with their devices that it is becoming a bit disconcerting. It stumps me how I am using my iPhone 6 Plus for 8-9 hours each day, but the usage stats show the same fate almost every day. The Apple Watch may be worth the cost of admission for that alone: allowing me to become less tethered to my iPhone. Mind you, I use it as my tablet and smartphone but that is no excuse to spend half my waking hours on a phone, as I'm sure is not an oddity in the slightest in the modern day.

    So, how significantly has your iPhone usage gone down since buying the Watch? Hopefully there are some success stories that cut their time spent on a smartphone in half :eek:. Would be interesting to hear if the Apple Watch changed users' computer/tablet habits as well.
  2. Maddux4163 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2015
    It's certainly less. Just the ability to check my email. Texts. Sports scores. Fitness stuff etc has dramatically reduced the amount of time I pull my phone out.

    I keep my phone on silent with no vibrate. So I was constantly checking it for texts etc. now I get a simple tap on the wrist. I like it.
  3. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    If I had to estimate, I'd say in the neighborhood of 70% less.
  4. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
    I have certainly found myself using my iPhone less. I'd say at least 50%
  5. PegasusTenma macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2014
    As and avid Spotify and Facebook user, I am sad to say that is probably just 10% or less..... No apps for those two means that the watch is still not fully useful to me.
  6. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Interesting thread. I would wonder if you mean "check your phone less" or "use your phone less". The reason I wonder is that I know when I am out and about you see thousands of people looking at their screens (mostly texting or other apps). Even in a professional environment. Now I know that if I am waiting for someone or an appointment, I use my phone to: read, play small games, send texts etc while waiting. None of these things like facebook, PvZ, texting, or reading would I use my watch for.

    I can imagine that you by the nature of the device would be checking it less because you have quick visual access to incoming messages etc on the watch but to actually "DO" anything substantial, do you not need your phone still for this? Are you really "using" your phone less or just checking it less?
  7. GeyservilleMan macrumors newbie


    Sep 26, 2012
    50% to 70 % Less iPhone usage per day

    I found the quick check and quick response of texts even emails has paired down my usage of my phone. A quick phone call is simple and easy, text is by far the heaviest usage for myself. At work i leave my phone on the charger at my desk this seems to alleviate the heavier drain on the phone from the usage by the watch. I use Dropcam at work to monitor a retail space it notifies me when the drop cam recognizes movement, saving me the need to keep the Dropcam app open on my phone.
  8. Calismic macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2014
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I used to leave work with my iPhone battery drained to roughly 60%. This past week its never dropped below 95%. I never need to touch it now. My daughter thinks she's gotten her own iPhone since she's using it more than me at home. =P
  9. JamerG macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2015
    Much less. My wife was rolling her eyes at my desire to get the Watch - now she's delighted at how much less I'm distracted by my phone.

    I think it's a combination of dealing with notifications much more quickly, it being much less obvious to others when you check a (silent) notification on your wrist as opposed to getting your phone out, and not being sucked into doing other things on the phone once you've checked a notification.

    It's the best thing about the Watch for me, together with the health applications.
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It has let me check my phone less - now unimportant texts and emails can be dismissed from the watch - but I wouldn't say actual usage has dramatically decreased.

    The added convenience is very nice though. I wasn't wearing it today, and I did miss being able to glance at the temperature on the watch face and quickly see latest bus times through a watch app.

    I just wish Facebook Messenger, Spotify and Sonos come out with watch apps - that might make a difference to how much I use my phone.
  11. drew0020 macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2006
    Maybe 5-10% less but the difference is negligible. The nicest thing for me is the calendar on my watch.
  12. Bo31210 macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2015
    Macon, GA
    My phone stays in my pocket a lot more now. It is very conveinent to have everything pop up on my wrist. Well everything that is important to me lol
  13. jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2010
    About 70% less for me, it's nice not sitting around looking at my phone all day and it's nice to actually be able to have a face to face conversation with somebody and not have my phone out
  14. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    About 50% less. I still use the phone for games when I'm bored, for FB or email when I'm not at home or work.

    I'm so happy with my watch :p
  15. iamasmith macrumors 6502


    Apr 10, 2015
    Cheshire, UK
    About 80% less, if the watch made any difference to the battery life of the iPhone then using it so much less now significantly over compensates for the hit.
  16. Trigeeks macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2010
  17. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Just a slight bit less -- can't really quantify it. But the use I'm not giving the iPhone b/c the AW can handle the task is kind of like "junk carbs" time -- checking texts, next up on calendar, etc. Nuisance things that are now a little less so because you can just tap your wrist instead of dig into your pocket.
  18. Esoom macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2010
    About 30-40% less, already started the trend when using a Pebble.
  19. jonhoy macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Much less, but that might change again once I upgrade to the 6S+ or 7 Plus or whatever. I'm on a 5 right now and once I upgrade I can see myself playing mroe games, reading more articles, watching more youtube on my phone than I currently do on my 5.
  20. larryinfl macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2007
    I'd say 50% or more. Notifications are making it unnecessary to use the phone so much. Battery on the phone is also much improved, as well as very good watch battery life.
  21. iTom17 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2013
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    I've been using my iPhone definitely less than ever before. Not as much as some people claim to, but it will be at least 25% less. :p

    Problem is that not every app is optimized for Apple Watch AND using Siri in my language (Dutch) isn't possible either at the moment. Once this all is 'solved' my iPhone usage will be even lesser. :)
  22. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I might go as high as 90%. If it weren't for some lengthy text exchanges and the occasional phone call, it might be 99%.

    Before the :apple:Watch, the only time I turned my iPhone to mute was if I was in a meeting. I don't remember the last time I flipped the mute switch off, and have no need to do so. All my notifications come to my wrist, and I can even ignore phone calls in the middle of dinner without having to fumble to see who's calling first.
  23. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Check it less? Definitely yes.
    Use it less? Definitely not.

    I still use Safari, YouTube, Games, and various work applications all day.
  24. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    Switch on Spotify on phone, control with watch.



    When I get out my phone now, it's because I have a task that the watch cannot perform. This is a huge improvement for me.

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