Have you ever received a notification from your phone telling you how much time you’ve spent using it that week? It can be quite alarming and may feel like you’re being shamed by your own phone. But it can be the first step in realizing you want to cut down on your phone usage.

Let’s go through how you can check your screen usage on your mobile device.

On an iPhone, you can check your screen usage by:

  • Going to settings
  • Tapping screen time
  • Tapping ‘See all activity’ under the graph
  • You can see usage, how many times a device was picked up and more
  • If you have other Apple devices and have turned on Share Across Devices, you can view overall usage across all devices signed in with your Apple ID and password

Android doesn’t offer a screen time feature by default like iOS, but there are ways to check your usage. If you’re using a Pixel device or a device that’s running Android One, you can check your screen usage with Digital Wellbeing:

  • Go to settings
  • Click Digital Wellbeing

If your device doesn’t support Digital Wellbeing, you can check screen time through power usage:

  • Go to settings
  • Click battery
  • Tap the 3-dot menu and go to battery usage
  • Tap the 3-dot menu and choose ‘Show full device usage’

Unfortunately it only shows screen time since the last charge. It doesn’t provide statistics on hours per day or week. To check and track daily screen time, you’d have to install a third-party app.