QualityTime – The best way to find out that you’re a smartphone addict
QualityTime is a great app for finding out how much time you're spending on your phone and which apps you're using the most.
Tracking time spent and times opened per app
Viewing daily and weekly history
Daily usage alert for total or per app usage
Tracking what you spend your time on is a very useful habit; it can help you make sure that you are productive when you need to be, but also that you don’t spend too much time on work or any other aspect of your life. Applying this habit to your android phone just got a whole lot easier. Once installed, QualityTime automatically tracks how much time you spend in apps and how often you open them.
Setting it up is simple, just install the app and create an account (or don’t) using Facebook or manually. Mere seconds after installation QualityTime will be running and tracking your phone and app usage while you go back to your normal usage. After a little while you can find out whether you really are a Facebook addict, how often you’ve checked for a new message from your crush or maybe to find out you’ve spent the whole day playing Candy Crush (or in my case: Pokemon!).
The user interface is quite straightforward, the app opens on the detailed view of the current day, from which you can swipe left and right to switch between days or up for a daily summary (as in above image). From here you can swipe the history graph for previous days or swipe right to see the app opening frequency instead of usage time. One more swipe up gets you to the same screen for weekly data. Overall it works great and is pretty intuitively, although it can be difficult to get to the screen you want if you have big clumsy caveman hands like me and the app thinks your swipe upwards is some kind of sideways swipe through the history graph.
The data that QualityTime accumulates is very comprehensive and accurate, it counts each second that an app is opened. It does not count apps that are running in the background, e.g. music/podcasts running in the background are not counted. Now, I can hear you thinking, “Doesn’t all that detailed and accurate tracking drain my battery and slow my phone down?!”, the short answer: No! As far as I (and my phone) could tell it doesn’t do any of that.
If you find out you’re spending too much time on your phone or in a certain app, you can set up QualityTime to alert you when you’ve reached your daily quota. It can also alert you by e-mail or even by the blinking the lights in your house since it has IFTTT integration.
Data freaks like me might want to export their usage statistics out of the app so that they can make their own comparisons or combine it with their computer usage data. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible at the moment, but who knows? Maybe the next update will add this feature.
In conclusion, QualityTime is a great app for folks who are not afraid of finding out their confronting smartphone habits. It silently collects detailed usage data of your phone, can alert you when it becomes too much and presents it in a clear and structured way.
Alerts for overusage
Swiping through screens is a bit difficult sometimes
No export option