Facebook and Instagram apps get a dashboard to monitor usage

Aug

1

2018

Facebook adds a dashboard to its app that allows users to see how much time they spend on the social network. The tool also comes to Instagram. Users can set a notification when a certain time is exceeded.

The dashboard comes to the apps of Facebook and Instagram and will be accessible via the settings page. With Instagram the function is Your Activity and with Facebook that is Your Time on Facebook. If users click on this they will see a dashboard with the average time spent per day in the app. The usage is tracked per device; if users have multiple devices on which they use the accounts, the time is not added.

By clicking on the graph the total time per day becomes visible. Under the dashboard is an option in which a daily reminder can be set if a certain time is exceeded. The apps then send a notification if users spend more time in the app than the specified limit. There will also be a new option to mute notifications from the apps.

That Instagram would get the function was announced in May. Now it appears that Facebook gets the same tool. In an announcement Wednesday, Facebook says it will soon make the functionality available in the apps.

Google and Apple also announced similar tools earlier this year. This way Android P gets a dashboard that gives insight into the use of apps. In iOS 12 is the Screen Time menu , with statistics on the use of apps.

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