Here are the first steps you should take after discovering Opal!
Opal is available for download on the App Store. Once you have installed the app on your iPhone or iPad, you will be asked to answer a few questions to personalize the experience, start a free trial and install our secure VPN.
Set daily working hours, sleep and routines, choose apps and websites you want to block automatically, so you don’t have to remember. You can also start Timer directly from the app home view to focus right away.
Opal will automatically follow your schedule, and block apps/websites you set. If you chose this option, you can take breaks and reconnect to apps for a short time. You will also get timely reminders when you get distracted, and your Screen Time stats which you can find on the profile tab of your app.
To go further, you can set up shortcut automations that will make it impossible to bypass while Opal is blocking. Whenever you try to open a blocked app, you will be redirected automatically to the Opal app. This set up needs to be done for each app (for example, Instagram), so plan a few minutes of time and follow the instructions below:
Don’t you wish Opal could work on your computer, too? You’re in luck. When you install Opal’s free Chrome extension on your computer, your Chrome browser will sync with Opal and block relevant apps and websites when needed. Install Opal from the Chrome Store and follow the instructions.
When you set your schedule or start a timer, you will be able to choose your protection level:
We recommend using Deep Focus when you really need to stay focused!
Create a preset list of apps that Opal will block during a session or schedule, for example “Work Time Apps”
Use Opal directly from your home screen! Select the + button on your iPhone home screen to add an Opal widget
When you start a break, make sure you enter why you want to use your phone helps reduce mindless scrolling.
In your app’s Settings or Profile, you can choose your Gem name to let others know who you are.
Choose your favorite Opal gem as an app icon.
Head to your app profile to explore your screen time stats and understand your progress.
We’re making Opal better together. Have feedback or requests for Opal? Submit them on ideas.opal.so