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Microsoft launches phone usage tracker

November 26, 2018 • Online & Social

Microsoft can tell you just how much time you spend on your device.

Microsoft can tell you just how much time you spend on your device.

Microsoft is bringing a new location tracking feature to its Android launcher app.

Microsoft recently launched the beta version of Launcher 5.1 which features a phone usage tracker.

As smartphones are further being integrated into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, it’s no wonder they’ve become a third arm to most of us, and it’s also no wonder some users are trying to get their phone dependency in check.

The new Microsoft Launcher that the company is currently testing, as reported on by Windows Central, will appeal specifically to those who are brave enough to track their daily phone activity.

This new element, which testers are referring to as a “Digital Health” feature, tracks how you use your phone including the number of unlocks, length of activity sessions and total time spent on the phone, most used and most opened apps, and at what time of day each of these actions happened.

Apple introduced a Screen Time feature in iOS 12, which provides similar information to iPhone users.

In June 2018, Microsoft rolled out a new feature to the popular Microsoft Launcher app for Androidwith two new mobile experiences, currently in preview, that give parents more peace of mind for their family and a look at your child’s activity across their devices – Windows 10 PCs, Xbox One devices, and now their Android phone.

You can become a tester for the Microsoft Launcher beta 5.1 here if you can’t wait to see how much you use your phone. Otherwise, if testing goes well, the official version should be available soon.

Edited by Neo Sesinye
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