Use This Little Trick on Android Phones To Stop Phone Addiction
On the “need” and “addiction” spectrum, smartphones are extremely sensitive. Even though phones are a necessity these days, they easily become an addiction if you aren’t careful. It’s common to open your favorite social media app to check the notification and end up scrolling for hours instead.
If you are dealing with phone addiction and your eyes are always glued to the screen (or at least itch to look at it), I know a nice trick that you can perform on your Android phone to minimize phone usage.
You can turn your phone into a minimalist phone with only basic functions with the help of Ultra battery saver mode. When it’s on, you have limited access to phone features and apps. This means you can only use essential apps and features and keep out distracting stuff like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and even the browser.
Of course, this does require some perseverance on your end too as you are still in control of when you use the phone with full functionality or the minimalist version. Although the process to enable/disable ultra power saver mode takes a few seconds, it can be a deterrent as it’s annoying to cheat often.
Let’s see how you can make your Android phone minimalist to get rid of mobile addiction.
Make Your Phone Minimalist to Stop Phone Addiction
There are multiple ways to enable Ultra battery saver mode on Android. A straightforward way would be to go to phone Settings and tap on the Battery option. You should see Ultra battery saver mode here.
However, that is too many steps if you’ll be using this feature often. I’ll recommend you use Ultra battery saver mode from the notifications panel instead. Just swipe down and then swipe left and you should see the Ultra battery saver shortcut icon that you can tap to enable.
On some phones, it might not be visible by default on the shortcuts bar. In that case, move to the very end of the shortcuts bar and tap on the Edit button. Now you’ll see a separate section with some more shortcut icons including one for Ultra battery saver. Just tap and hold on to it and then move it above to place it alongside your other shortcuts.
Managing Ultra battery saver mode
While enabling, you might be asked whether you want location services enabled or not. Choose the right option here depending on your need, like keeping it enabled if you’ll be using Google Maps. During Ultra battery saver mode phone signals, WiFi, and phone data will stay working. And only messaging and calling apps will be available.
Therefore, you can do the basic tasks of calling and messaging that are necessary. If you want to add any more essential apps like Maps, WhatsApp, Calculator, Alarm, etc. then tap on the Add on the screen and the app drawer will open. Here you can tap on apps to add to the home screen and then tap on Done.
Make sure you only add apps that are essential for you and keep the entertainment ones disabled. Otherwise, there will be no point in turning your phone into a minimalist phone. If you want to disable the Ultra battery saver mode, tap on the Exit button at the top-right corner.
Best of all, if you use your phone like this, it will also decrease battery drain and increase overall battery time.
I will recommend you set aside a fixed time to spend on those “addicting” apps and then put the phone on Ultra battery saver mode when you are done. I know this method isn’t very strict when trying to stop your phone addiction, but not having tempting apps right in front of you all the time can definitely help decrease the addiction.
You can also try the Minimalist phone app that uses different methods to prevent you from staying glued to your phone screen. Although the trick I have mentioned is built-in and easier to use.