We’re all addicted to those little pieces of glass that sit in our pockets and bags (and, too often, on the dinner table). It’s just a fact. But that doesn’t mean you have to give in to the constant temptation without a fight. There are piles of apps for both iOS and Android that help ease the pain, turning off your phone’s most distracting features and rewarding you for time spent away from the screen.
Flipd completely takes over your smartphone. It replaces your lock screen with something more basic, offers easy auto replies for text messages, and lets you build a list of emergency contacts in case you really need to make that call. Right now it’s Android only, but an iOS version is on the way.
Taking a slightly more kid-glove approach is Moment, which tracks how much you’re using your phone and tablet, creating a pastel timeline of your daily screen-gazing.
It’s time to get specific. Really specific. AppDetox lets you tailor your mobile usage to keep you on task when you need to focus and to let you roam free when it’s time to chill out. You can restrict Facebook during business hours while leaving Outlook totally untouched.