This app will help you limit your phone usage on a trip

Do you sometimes (or all the time) have difficulty putting your phone down? Maybe when you travel, especially? Moment is a free app for iOS and Android that was designed to help people optimize their phone usage on the road and at home. Per the website, it does three main things:

  • Measure
    See how much time you’re spending on your phone and which apps you’re using most.
  • Coach
    Reimagine your relationship with your phone, one day at a time, through guided coaching sessions at your own pace.
  • Disconnect
    See your family’s device usage and establish screen-free times.

You can set daily limits on your phone usage so that you’re notified when you surpass them. You can see how you spend that time, not unlike what current versions of iOS and Android offer, and uniquely you can let the “Moment Coach” encourage you toward a more mindful approach to your phone. As the website says, “Those who utilize the Moment Coach gain an hour back each day by applying simple strategies that reduce their phone usage. Everyday, all Moment users combined get back 49 years of time to spend on what really matters to them—meaningful experiences with friends and family, exploring their passions, and living life in the moment.”

Whether that’s true or not, Moment is effective at making you think more about your usage. It will ping your phone with prompts (ironically) to hone your habits, so know that going in. If you’d just like to use it when you’re in a new destination, you can toggle the daily limit pings on and off as you like.

Have you tried Moment? Do have another app or tool that you use to keep your phone usage down? Share it in the comments below!

Related: How to Spend 24 Hours in Bend, Oregon, Without Your Phone


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