Digital Welfare for Android helps you to control your smartphone usage. Because the app is by no means available for every device, we offer a number of good alternatives to Digital Welfare.
We use our smartphone so much and often that even Google thinks it can be a little less. That is why they presented the Digital Welfare app in Android 9.0 (Pie). In the app you can accurately keep track of how you use your smartphone during the day. It is also possible to set a limit on certain apps, after which a lock is placed for the rest of the day. This way you will not only become aware of how you use your device, you can actually change it.
Digital Welfare is already supplied with devices that run the standard version of Android 9.0 (Pie), such as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3. In addition, it is available for some Android One devices and is also included with the Samsung Galaxy S 10. Other Android devices still have to do without. Can’t use the Digital Welfare app on your smartphone? Fortunately, good alternatives to Digital Welfare are available.
1: Action Dash
Action Dash is the app that is closest to the experience of Google’s own Digital Welfare app. This dashboard gives you, just like Google’s option, insight into the use of your phone and apps. This is done primarily on the basis of the same pie chart as Digital Welfare, with which you can see which apps are swallowing the most of your time.
Other statistics that you can quickly call up are the screen time in minutes, the number of times you have started an app, the number of push notifications per app and how often you have unlocked your phone. You can also view all this data separately per hour or per app, giving you a detailed picture of your use.
The app is free to download and use. You can later choose to upgrade to the pro version for 4.99 euros. For this you can call up statistics from a further past, you get a dark mode and the option to secure the app with your fingerprint.
2: Digitox: Digital Wellbeing
The Digitox app wants to get rid of your “nomophobia”; the fear of having to do without mobile coverage. To do this, it conjures up a whole series of statistics about your smartphone use. Just like ActionDash, it shows the usage time over a period and you can divide that into usage time per app. It also shows how often you unlock your device and how long your screen is on.
By mapping your daily habits, Digitox hopes to make you aware of your use and to help you get rid of your fear of having to do without a smartphone. A great feature in Digitox is the fact that it can categorize different apps. So you can also see at a glance how much time you spend on social media, for example, while this may include several apps.
Digitox also distinguishes itself with a light, uncluttered interface that automatically switches to a dark mode. Just like in Digital Welfare, you can give apps a usage limit. If you go beyond this limit, Digitox does not close these apps. The app is free to use, for 6.99 euros it is also ad-free.
3: Forest: Stay Focused
The Forest app was created primarily to keep you focused. The nice thing about this app is that it connects a small game element to the time you have to concentrate. You set a timer in advance and use it to plan a virtual tree. As soon as you start your period of concentration, the tree will grow. If you look at your phone in the meantime, your tree will die. If you complete the agreed time without looking at your device, the mature tree will appear in your virtual garden. That way you can try to focus a nice bunch together in one day.
Forest also offers statistics about your telephone usage, just like Google’s Digital Welfare. Just like with the other apps above, you can see how long you use certain apps, which one you start the most and how often you unlock your phone. However, the fact that you are encouraged to leave a phone full of plants to plant is a nice addition.
The app is free to use. There is also a pro version for 1.99 euros. You can use it to compare your performance with friends and earn virtual coins. If you exchange these coins via the app, a real tree will be planted in return somewhere in the world.
Just like Digital Welfare, Sidetracked keeps track of exactly what you spend your time on on your phone. The app then pours into nice graphs and overviews. This way you can see how much time you spend on your phone and which apps consume the most time. The great thing about Sidetracked is that you can also make a bet with yourself.
The app works with credits that accrue as you use the app or when you view ads. If necessary, you can purchase credits as an in-app purchase. You can then use these credits if you want to be focused for a while. If you keep it up not to sit on your phone during the agreed time, you will receive credits back. If you cannot keep away from your telephone, you will have lost it. Sidetracked gives these credits partly to a donation for a good cause.