When Apple officially introduced iOS 12, there was a new feature called Screen Time included. This feature aimed to help provide statistical data to inform users just how much they were using their devices.
If you are trying to curb your smartphone usage, or want to keep an eye on your kids, the feature is perfect. Or at least that is what was thought in the beginning.
Now that Screen Time is in the hands of more people; there are some bugs. These bugs have rendered the feature almost useless and Screen Time is not working for many folks. Apple has cleaned up these bugs in the new iOS 12.1. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.
What is Screen Time?
As we mentioned above, Screen Time is a part of a new digital wellness program from Apple. The idea is to keep you from spending too much time on your device and to get you back to experiencing life.
If you end up finding that you are using apps like Facebook, YouTube or Twitter too much, you can actually set time limits.
To find the Screen Time information, here are the steps:
1. Open Settings on your iPhone
2. Scroll down and select Screen Time
From here, Apple shows you a breakdown of which types of apps you frequently and regularly use. Then, there are options for Downtime, App Limits, Always Allowed, and Content & Privacy Restrictions.
You can even set up a Screen Time passcode which will allow you to use apps even after the limits expire. Additionally, you can set up Screen Time for Family, which will provide time reports for how much your child is using different apps.
Family Screen Time Issues
It seems that there are quite a few issues for those who are trying to take advantage of Family Screen Time. In one instance, the parent had to replace the child’s iPhone but none of the information transferred to the new device.
Instead, the old iPhone is still listed alongside the new iPhone but is set as the default. To bypass this issue and get the right devices listed, the first step you’ll want to take is to register it under the correct Apple ID.
Then, if that doesn’t work, follow these steps:
1. Open Settings
2. Tap on the Apple ID at the top
3. Scroll all the way to the bottom to view devices
4. Delete the old iPhone if it is no longer in use
For some reason, it doesn’t seem like Apple has fixed the issue in the latest iOS 12.1 beta. Instead, users are still running into the same problems with Screen Time.
If you are having issues with Screentime and Family Sharing, we have written a comprehensive guide that walks you through the setup and addresses some of the common issues such as gray screen on screen time, understanding parents vs adults rights and other issues.
In that case, use the included Feedback app to submit your issue to Apple. Hopefully, a workaround will be on the way in a future release.
Get children’s info to show up properly
Another issue that seems to be plaguing parents is that the data iOS shares across devices are not 100% accurate. There are reports that the name of devices are not correctly matching up and are sharing the wrong information.
One fix for this is to reset Screen Time completely on all devices. Make sure you update your devices to the latest version of iOS.
After you follow those two steps, then you will have to follow the process for setting Screen Time up again. This repetition can be a tedious process, but doing so should work out any of the kinks that are plaguing Screen Time.
Finally, one user claimed that you should toggle on ‘share across devices.’ This feature helps ensure that the proper information shares without providing incorrect data.
There are some well-documented ways that kids can cheat through Screentime. One popular method is to send a youtube link to iMessage and then watch the video inside the message. Guess there’s always a way out!
No Time? Check Out Our Video On How To Reset Screen Time’s Passcode
iOS 12 is probably the most significant iOS release ever, as it optimizes both old iPhones and new. There is so much added functionality that users should have no issues with the best release ever.
The Screen Time functionality is just one aspect of this. If you are continuing to have issues, feel free to let us know in the comments. We’ll be sure to answer questions that you may have or help with any problems you come across.