5 Apps To Help You Curb Your Mobile Device Addiction

Sometimes we find ourselves being unnecessarily distracted from life because of our cell phones and mobile devices.

Scrolling through for no reason, getting sucked into a hole and wasting time that could've been spent doing actual important things...all too common. Sigh, it happens to the best of us. I'm guilty.

Luckily, there are ways to help this awful habit. So, If you're a person who has a slight phone addiction, here are five apps that will help you bring your device time back to manageable. They're free and available for both Android and iPhone.

Now, I know what you're going to ask, "Isn't that kind of counterproductive? How is a mobile app supposed to help me break free form mobile?" Believe me, they'll put you in check!



A very simple app that helps to track how many times you've been on your phone, how long the usage is and where. We usually don't realize how often we pick up our phones and are on them for no reason, or how long. Checky can help you clock that information and cut back where needed.

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Gives you the space that grants yourself to truly focus. By being distraction free and allowing you to 'unplug' without turning off your phone. Helping you to break your habit without even realizing.


Find a little breathing space in our hyperconnected world, with ( OFFTIME ). ( OFFTIME ) lets you customize your connectivity so you can do the things that matter. Unplug and focus on your work, be with the people you care about, or simply enjoy some peace of mind.



If you're someone who stands to be more critical on themselves, this app will be your friend. The name truly follows through with its use. By giving you an 'addiction score', you're able to see where you spend the most time on your phone so you can cut back where needed.


BreakFree is a revolutionary app created to help you control your phone usage. Stop being hooked to your phone and start saving time for the important things in life. Download BreakFree from the Google Play Store today.



This is more of an interactive app. By giving you a plant that grows the less you're on your phone, you'll be on your phone less if you want to see your forest flourish. The app gives you a timer, so taking time away from the phone during the timer will help your forest expand. In return, if you're on the phone before the timer is over, then your plant dies. Your choice!

Top Productivity App: Forest

There is no better motivator than little cute trees. If you slack off they'll die. Sucks, doesen't it? That's how this app will encourage you to keep on top of your tasks!



This app actually blocks apps and websites from be able to use them. If the other four mentioned aren't helping, this should do the trick. By blocking yourself from using the apps and websites you usually go to when on your device, this app will make you just put your phone back down and have you wondering why you even picked it up in the first place!

What is Freedom | What does it do | Why use it?

Quick tour of: 1. The problems the Freedom app solves 2. How to use Freedom 3. Features overview. Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps on iPhone, iPad and Mac and Windows computers. Over 150,000 users install Freedom to focus on work or study without the distraction of social media, email, shopping, or other apps and sites that captivate, burn time and lead to unproductive hours.


If you've made a New Year's resolution to go on a phone diet (I know I did), give these apps a try!



Jena Marie is the kind of writer that after reading her articles, you'll have to ask, “Wanna go out for drinks?”