When Apple released its Downtime feature on IOS 12, it gave us an easy way to control how much time we spend on our iPhones – but it's not perfect. When setting down time, you have to use the same schedule for each day of the week, so your weekdays and weekends have the same restrictions. Apple changes this in iOS 12.2 so that lockout periods can be adjusted more.
Downtime is part of Screen Time, the overall tool that lets you view and manage the amount of time you spend on your iPhone every day, as well as how much time you spend on specific apps. While App Bounds is for creating locks for apps you want to lower, downtime manages your entire iPhone usage.
When setting down time, it sends you a reminder five minutes before it starts. When it starts, you will receive another notification stating that your screen time is limited to the end time you set. During this time you can still unlock your iPhone and make calls, but any apps that are not whitelisted will be grayed out. If you try to access one, it will say you've reached your time limit, and you can choose to ignore it for 15 minutes or all day on an app-by-app basis.
In IOS 12.0 to 12.1 .4, you can only choose a time frame for downtime, and that applies to every day of the week. But in IOS 12.2 you can choose to set down time for specific days of the week. To do this, open Settings, tap "Screen Time" and then "Downtime". If you have never activated downtime, you must press the slider to activate the function. When you do, just click "Customize Days".
Now you can see every day of the week listed, with "10:00 PM" to "7:00 AM" as the default schedule for each day. Tap any day to customize your own schedule. At the top is a gear where you can turn off the downtime completely for that day. If you keep it, adjust the "From" and "To" times so you like.
A day's scheduled time cannot overlap with the scheduled time of the day before or after, but it can start or end just when the second time ends or starts.
This new Downtime feature will be available on all iPhones compatible with iOS 12.2. Before the release is released, the only way to take advantage of this feature – besides others – is to download and install 12.2 beta.