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What is Opal and how does it work?

Opal is the #1 screen time app. Digital wellbeing is critical to a healthy lifestyle, and Opal can help you reap the benefits of less daily screen time. Using proprietary technology, Opal reduces distractions on your phone and helps you stay present. 

Is Opal For Me?

If you’d like to learn whether Opal would work for you, ask yourself:

  • Do you want to reduce stress?
  • Do you want to focus more?
  • Do you want to be more productive?
  • Do you want to be more present with family and friends?
  • Do you want to sleep better?
  • Do you want to save up to four hours each day?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Opal is for you! 

Where can I buy Opal, and how do I set it up?

Opal is available for download on the App Store. You can purchase weekly, monthly and annual subscriptions directly from the Subscriptions tab of your iOS Settings.

You may also purchase annual and lifetime subscriptions to Opal directly from our website here. Once you have installed the app on your iPhone or iPad, you will be asked to answer questions about your screen habits, and asked to grant us permission to access your device’s Screen Time API. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you will have access to Opal’s features. 

How does Opal work?

The core functionality of Opal is to block distracting apps. In order to do so, Opal uses Apple's Screen Time API technology, which you must grant the app permissions for. Unfortunately, there is no other way to do this on iPhone due to limitations imposed by Apple. As this technology is local and developed by Apple, this means that all of your browsing and app usage data stays on your device. For more information on that, please visit this page.

What features does Opal have?

While the features that come with our free and Pro versions vary, each version of Opal includes a variety of features to help you better manage your screen time. Our features include:

What happens to my data?

Unlike most apps, Opal works entirely on your phone and personal browsing data never leaves your device. There’s more information on that here

Does Opal actually work?

Yes, it does. If you don’t believe us, here’s some testimony from our Gems:

“This week, I’ve started using Opal to establish healthier boundaries with my phone (aka stop doomscrolling) and let me tell you: BOY HOWDY am I a fan. Already noticing just how ~STRESSED~ doomscrolling was making me. And creating better habits via elimination.” — Erin

“Weird to think that an app would make me use my phone less... but Opal is the only thing keeping me focused on deep work days.” — Zach

“Never in a bazillion years did I think I would be below three hours of screen time a day. My mood is SO much better.” — Kristi

What Terms and Conditions apply?

We’re glad you asked. You can read about our terms and conditions here!

Ready to give Opal a try? You can sign up here! If you have any questions about how Opal works, please visit our help center here.

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