App of the Week: Quality Time – My Digital Diet


It may seem counterintuitive for me, a content manager for a smartphone manufacturer, to laud an app that helps people put their smartphones down. But we want our phones to help people pursue their brilliance, which often means taking a break from all that app scrolling. We’re spending more time than ever on our phones, so it can be a good thing to get a reality check on the time you’re spending on your phone and see exactly how you’re using it.

Unsurprisingly, I am very attached to my phone. I use it a lot, and probably moreso because of my job. But I’ve been curious about the details of my usage, so I decided to download Quality Time – My Digital Diet, a free app from ZeroDesktop Inc. Quality Time tracks the specifics of how you use your phone and provides ways for you to start incorporating digital breaks into your days.


I’ll talk about Twilight in another App of the Week post!

Quality Time has a few key features worth calling out. First, there’s a notification bar that displays your current usage for the day and how many times you’ve unlocked the home screen. Even that little dose of information can slow you down.

The app’s interface is simple, plotting your usage on a timeline that displays which apps you use each time you unlock it, the amount of time you use those apps, and the breaks of non-use in between. What you see when you open the app is your timeline of the current day. If you swipe left, you can see yesterday’s timeline. If you swipe down, you can see a granular breakdown of usage by time spent in each app, frequency of app use, and screen unlocks, all broken down by day or week.

You can set alerts to let you know when you’ve hit self-assigned usage limits, a screen unlocks, or limits for specific apps that you designate.


In the lower right-hand corner of the app homescreen is a menu where you can choose to schedule breaks, take an immediate break, access any missed notifications that came through during your breaks, share certain bits of info with your social networks, and access the app settings.

Whether you schedule a break or take one immediately, you have to set up a profile for each break. Setting up a break profile includes titling it, selecting a length of time for that particular break, adding apps that you still want to be able access to during that break, and setting a penalty time for accessing your phone if you stop your break before time is up. For scheduled breaks, you can also select a start and end time and assign days on which you want this particular break to occur.


Summary: if you’re looking to put some more space between you and your phone, Quality Time is a good app to get you started. It’s is easy to navigate, provides a surprising amount of information about how you’re using your phone, and can help you develop healthier, more conscious phone use habits. Are you already using Quality Time or another app to manage your phone use? Tell us in the comments!

The App of the Week is a series in which the blog team will try out apps and share their thoughts on those that catch their eye. If any partner apps are showcased, we’ll be sure to let you know!

  • Bharti Priyadarshini

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    had given my HTCDesire816G(dual sim) handset which was in warranty
    period at HTC service center in Bangalore(TVS Electronics) on 15th of
    September 2015 but I haven’t got my handset back till now after
    servicing .Firstly I got a default message on 28th
    of September by HTC stating that you can come and collect your
    handset(That is a default message one will get after 7 to 8 working days
    even though your device is not serviced).When I went there to collect
    my handset I was sent back home saying that please come tomorrow and
    collect your handset ,since some paper work is left . On the next day
    ,since it is far from my house I decided to call on the toll-free number
    before going to the service center .When I called on the toll free no
    provided by HTC ,those people told me that your device is ready and you
    can go and collect it at the service center but when I went there they
    told me something new this time that your device needs replacement ,
    which was being serviced till yesterday by them and due to some paper
    work left they were not being able to give it back to me. Again the same
    thing ,they told me to please come after two days and collect your
    handset from us .When I went there they told that the device is shipped
    from Chennai but is not being received by us, it is on the way and you
    can come and collect it again after two days.Then I forced and made the
    manager to talk on the toll free number and they both told me that you
    can collect it on this Friday(9th October) we ourself will call you on
    this Friday .When they didn’t call me back I myself called them to ask
    but the manager told me I am busy please call me by 5.30PM I will give
    you the full information .After that he never received my call and
    blocked my number and again when I went there device is not with them
    ,even on the toll-free number people are not responding properly and
    saying the same thing that your devise is ready and you can go and
    collect it at the service center.

    importantly this problem is not only with me, while I was waiting in
    the service center and inquired people over there, I witnessed that
    almost 90% people are in the same category whose device needs servicing
    at TVS Electronics service center of HTC and I believe this must be same
    everywhere as the handsets are very defective, service executives
    present over there at the service desk is just harassing the customers
    and not even talking to us properly and same with the toll free number
    also. Interesting part is now they are not even returning my old handset
    and neither giving me replacement, this is the way they cheat
    customers. There is no clear communication, people sitting at customer
    care and at service desk don’t care about your your time and money, I
    don’t know how this company is surviving. People reading this message,
    please be aware and think 10-100 times before you go for HTC brand.

  • andymedders

    Funny, I was just reading your articles on the HTC blog and then I get this notification on Vine to follow you.

    Great idea to share an app of the week. I too write an app of the week column and I also do another one I bet you’d have a lot of success with. It’s a “theme of the week” column. Users on social networks and on elevate seem like the themes a bunch. Keep up the awesome work!