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How is Opal different from Screen Time settings?

Opal offers a number of advantages compared to built-in Apple's Screen Time settings.

What is iOS Screen Time?

iOS Screen Time is a built-in feature on iPhone and iPad devices that allows users to track and manage their screen time. It provides information on how much time is spent on different apps, games, and websites, as well as notifications on daily screen time usage. Additionally, it offers options for setting daily time limits on apps and categories of apps, as well as allowing parents to set limits for their children's screen time. This feature is designed to help users understand their screen time habits and make changes to improve their digital well-being.

How does Opal connect with Screen Time API?

Opal is built on top of the iOS Screen Time API, which allows us to access and use the data collected by Apple's built-in screen time feature, in a way that protects fully the privacy of your data. This data includes information on how much time is spent on different apps, games, and websites, as well as notifications on daily screen time usage. By using this API, we are able to provide our customers with detailed analytics on their screen time habits, as well as offer additional features such as focus sessions, deep focus mode, and recurring sessions. Additionally, we are able to integrate with other iOS features such as Shortcuts and Focus Mode to provide even more functionality and automation. Overall, the use of the iOS Screen Time API allows us to provide our customers with a comprehensive and personalized screen time management experience.

How is Opal better than Screen Time settings on iOS?

Opal screen time offers a number of advantages compared to Apple's native Screen Time settings.

These include:

  • Detailed analytics on progress with clear metrics and important context
  • The ability to set timers to block apps while focusing, with options for deep focus and recurring sessions
  • A focus score that rates the apps that hurt or enhance focus, giving users the power to change
  • The ability to invite friends to focus together and ensure that apps are blocked on their devices as well
  • Integration with Shortcuts and Focus Mode for added automation
  • Calendar sync with Google Calendar
  • Rewards for reaching milestones on the journey towards better focus
  • A community with a leaderboard, discussion board, and more.

We are constantly working on improving Opal's experience and you can submit your feature requests on Opal's community board.

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