This post will walk you through activating an iOS feature that only allows certain apps and phone calls during a specified time. Here’s a quick guide to enable downtime on the Apple iPhone 14 device.
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When you enable Screen Time on your iPhone, you'll also have access to the iOS restriction features including downtime, app limits, communication limits, and content & Privacy Restrictions. These features are primarily aimed at controlling your iPhone usage.
Depicted below is the actual process of activating Downtime on the new iPhone 14 device. Feel free to refer to this simple guide if you need help setting up a downtime schedule to limit app usage and phone calls during a certain time or day.
- 1. Open the Settings app to begin.
Just find the gear-shaped icon on the Home screen or App Library of your iPhone then tap on it to launch the iOS Settings app.
- 2. While in the Settings menu, scroll to find then tap Screen Time.
If you haven't already, turn on Screen Time to access the Screen Time menu where you can view all inbuilt restriction options including Downtime. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
- 3. To continue, tap Downtime. The Downtime menu opens next.
Here, you will see two main options on how you'd like Downtime to activate on your phone.
- 4. Tap Turn On Downtime Until Tomorrow if you'd like to immediately activate the feature until midnight.
Otherwise, select another downtime option.
- 5. If you want your iPhone to automatically enable Downtime on your preferred time of the day, tap Scheduled.
Additional options will show up beneath the screen.
- 6. Tap Every Day if you want Downtime to activate every day.
Don't forget to set your preferred time on the From and To section, respectively.
- 7. If you want to use a custom schedule, tap Customize Days.
Additional items will load up beneath.
- 8. Select any day from Sunday to Saturday.
Just tap to mark your selection.
- 9. On the following screen, you will see a scheduler. Use it to set your preferred time for Downtime to automatically enable on your device.
Tap From to set the start time for Downtime and tap To to set the end time.
- Apple iPhone 14
When enabled, your iPhone will issue a reminder that it will be switching to downtime mode in five minutes. Once Downtime starts, only the apps and phone calls you’ve specified are allowed to work.
- You can set which apps are allowed to work during downtime by heading to your iPhone Settings-> Screen Time menu then tap Always Allowed.
- There, you can see a list of all your apps. Simply tap the Plus (+) or Minus (-) sign next to an app that you’d like to add or remove.
Again, only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls will be available during downtime.
Aside from downtime, you can also use other Screen Time options to limit app usage on your iPhone. Among other features you can use are App Limits and Communication Limits. If you allow your family members or anyone to use your iPhone, you can limit access to certain online contents and App Store downloads by activating the Content & Privacy restrictions.
To prevent anyone from overriding your current restriction settings, set a unique screen time passcode. This passcode must be different from the one you used to unlock your iPhone.
And that’s it!