Most Used iPhone Apps
Our phones can do a pretty much endless variety of things — they keep us company and entertain us when we’re alone, and when we’re with friends, they probably helped get us there with a text, phone call, or map. They offer music when we're walking on the street, alarms for waking up, content for scrolling through before sleep, so many push notifications, and a thousand things in between. With an object that does so much, how can I visualize the main things I actually use my phone for? More importantly, will this knowledge help me use it less?
To start this quest, I found the pretty handy iOS application Moment, which works in the phone's background to automatically track key usage metrics: Number of "pick-ups", total minutes used, and minutes used on specific apps. As long as you keep Moment on in the background, it gathers minutes/pickups-per-day infromation on its own. For app usage, though, you're prompted to take a screenshot from Settings at the end of the day, which gives a break-down based on the amount of the battery that each app used. Moment also supports exporting the data it has collected, allowing me to create this visualization.
Does having a graphic like this to show the biggest culprits really help? I'm not sure that having the data-oriented, detailed scoop on where I can improve makes starting that process too much easier. Following through and using this data to truly spend less time on my phone is going to require just as much motivation and effort as before.