How many times a day do you check your phone? Do you know? Have you ever wondered?
If you feel as if you’re constantly checking your phone, well then you probably are. But if you’re curious about exactly how many times a day you check your phone, then you should check out this new app.
Checky is a free app that will track how many times a day you check your phone. If you’re wondering how many times you turn on your phone to check email, Facebook, Twitter, weather, stocks, The Wonder of Tech, etc., you now have a way of finding out.
How to Use Checky
The app is simple. You download the app and open it. No setup is required. Then go about your day as usual, checking your phone as you normally would. At the end of the day, go back to the app to see how many times you checked your phone. You can also get a notification at noon the next day telling you how many times you checked your phone the previous day.
The app keeps track of the number of checks each day in a graph so you can check your checking over time. You can see whether the app actually discourages you from checking your phone too often.
Warning: Checky might have the opposite effect. You may end up checking your phone more with the Checky app, just to see how often you’re checking your phone!
Perhaps they should have a setting that doesn’t count you checking your phone if all you’re doing is checking your phone to see how often you check your phone? Hmmm…
Location, Location, Location
In addition to telling you how many times you check your phone, Checky also shows you where you checked your phone on the iPhone version of the app. You can see on a map where and how often you checked your phone.
Tap on the yellow icon in the upper right corner of the home screen on the app to reveal the map which reveals where and how many times you’ve checked your phone today.
Note that location tracking does use battery life. If you find you’re not using this feature, then you can turn off the mapping in:
Settings => Privacy => Location Services => Checky => Allow Location Services => Never
but then the app stops working on the iPhone.
According to the developer, the location data is stored on your device and the app’s developers have no access to it.
Sharing Is Caring
If you’re proud of your Checky stats, you can share them on social media or via email and text message. If you’re not proud, well then you can keep them to yourself!
The Checky Challenge
You may be surprised at how often you’re checking your phone. Before you check on the Checky app for your first full day, make a prediction. Guess how many times a day you check your phone:
Compare your prediction to the actual number. Did you underestimate, overestimate or guess the number exactly?
My Checky Challenge
I decided to take the Checky Challenge so I downloaded the app. I predicted that I check my phone 75 times a day. My actual number for my first full day of using Checky was: 22. Yesterday I checked my phone 25 times.
I’m not patting myself on the back too hard at being way under my estimate. I still check my iPad and my computer quite a bit when I’m not busy checking my phone. When I’m at my computer, I tend not to use my phone much. I’m still using the Internet, I’m just not using my phone to do it.
The Checky app is free for:
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Do you check your phone frequently during the day? How many times do you think you check your phone in a day? Will you take the Checky Challenge? Share your prediction in the Comments section below and then come back to let us know how accurate your prediction was after you give the Checky app a try!