Source: Me Next Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (02-March-2019)

Best Apps to Fight Smartphone Addiction

Digital Wellbeing

Get a daily view of your digital habits:
• How frequently you use different apps
• How many notifications you receive
• How often you check your phone
Disconnect when you want to:
• Daily app timers let you set limits for how much you use apps.
• Wind Down reminds you to switch off at night, setting a schedule to fade your screen to Grayscale while Do Not Disturb silences notifications for a good night’s sleep.

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ActionDash

Google soft-launched Digital Wellbeing with Android Pie, but it’s still only available on a few phones. If you’re sick of waiting, developer Chris Lacy has launched a new app that brings similar features to any Android phone. ActionDash tracks how you use your phone like Digital Wellbeing, but it includes more goodies like a dark mode, daily summaries, data backup, and more.

ActionDash doesn’t require Pie or any of Google’s Wellbeing tools. Thus it should run on any Android device by plugging into the Usage Access feature. After installing the app, you need to tweak the settings so it can log which apps you use and for how long. That data stays on your phone unless you choose to back it up—that’s the first thing that sets ActionDash apart from Google’s Wellbeing tools. You can export your usage history and restore it to keep all your stats intact. There is no 7-day limit on stats in the full version of ActionDash, either.

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Forest

  • Staying focused with the cutest gamified timer.
  •  Google Play 2015-2016 Best App of the Year, 2018 Best Social Impact App Nomination, 2018 Google Play Editors’ Choice Top Productivity App
  • More than 2 million satisfied paying users.
  • Over 340,000 real trees were planted on Earth by our users.
    Won 2018 Google Play’s Best Self-improvement in Canada, Mexico, France, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, India and Thailand!
    “Forest works well, and if your goal is to be more in the moment, ignore your phone and actually talk to your friends when you are with them, this is the app for you.” — The New York Times
    “In order to establish new, better habits, it’s helpful to engage with tools that make it easier to reinforce them. For anyone looking to curtail their phone usage, the Forest app might be for you.” Business Insider
    If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither.

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