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Jun 6, 2024

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How to Block Apps at Certain Times on iPhone

How to Block Apps at Certain Times on iPhone

Learn how to block apps at certain times on your iPhone to enhance productivity and focus. Reduce distractions and tackle phone addiction with our step-by-step guide.

Whether you're in a meeting, having a meal, or even trying to unwind at night, it seems like the world never stops. We're constantly bombarded by notifications. What if I told you that you could truly disconnect?

No, I'm not talking about a detox. I'm suggesting that you automatically block apps during specific times of the day. Sounds like a dream? Follow this tutorial to turn it into a reality!

If you find this guide useful, share it with your kids, parents, colleagues, or even grandparents. Let's get started.

Disconnect During Specific Time Slots

There are two ways to do this: either directly through Screen Time on your iPhone or using the amazing Jomo app (free on iPhone, iPad and Mac).

🚦 Method 1: Downtime in Screen Time
  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time > Downtime

  2. Turn on "Scheduled"

  3. Set the times you want to disconnect

➕ Pros: It's completely free, easy to set up, and simple to remove.

➖ Cons: You can only have one period per day, which isn't very flexible. Also, it blocks all your apps, which might not be ideal.

💜 Method 2: Schedule a Session on Jomo

For this method, you need to download the free Jomo app.

  1. Go to Jomo > Rules > Sessions

  2. Tap the black + at the bottom right, then choose "Schedule Blocking Session"

  3. Choose the apps to block

  4. Set the start and end times

  5. Start the session!

➕ Pros: You can add multiple sessions that block different apps, and sessions can be protected by Strict Mode to prevent deletion.

➖ Cons: It's so easy to set up that you might become dependent on it.

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

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🔒

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🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

Automate Disconnection

Recently, you can launch a focus filter on your iPhone. It's very handy if you don't want to be disturbed, want to sleep better, or reduce screen time at work or home. These filters block notifications but don't block apps... until Jomo!

➕ Create a Focus Filter

1. Go to Settings > Focus

Either create a new filter by tapping + at the top right or use an existing one. Once the filter is created:

  • Allow Notifications: By default, the filter cuts notifications. You can add contacts and apps you want to be notified from. To edit, tap on the boxes.

  • Customize Screens: Few people know this, but you can reorganize apps based on the active filter (e.g., only work tools at work, personal apps at home). You can also change the wallpaper (e.g., a darker one at night). To modify, tap "Choose" under Screens.

  • Set a Schedule: Add when you want the filter to start. Handy for automation. Tap "Add Schedule" to set it up.

  • Focus Filters: Here you can add other specifics to your filter. We'll explain how to do this next.

💜 Add a Session to the Filter

In "Focus Filters", tap "Add Filter" and choose Jomo. Here you'll find all the session templates you created in Jomo. If there's nothing there, here's how to add one:

  1. Open Jomo > Rules > Sessions

  2. In the Templates section > Add

  1. Fill in: Name, Icon, Apps to block

  2. Enable breaks (if needed) and set the session as "Permanent"

  3. Save the template!

  4. Go back to the filter, and your template should appear!

  5. Select it, and you're done!

And that's it! We've shown you how to block certain apps and their notifications during specific time slots. Check out the Jomo app for more cool features waiting to be adopted.

✋Illustrations by Jomo