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BreakFree: An App That Helps You Curb Your Smartphone Addiction

Posted by on May 18, 2014

There is no doubt that smartphones have become a major part of our lives. Most of us rely on smartphones to communicate with others, organize our lives, and entertain ourselves. But we shouldn’t use them all the time just to entertain ourselves. Life is not always about entertainment.

If you think you’re spending an unhealthy amount of time on your smartphone and are feeling addicted, there’s an app called BreakFree Cell Phone Addiction that can help you to curb your intense desire to always be on your smartphone, especially Android phone.

BreakFree is a free Android app developed by Mrigaen Kapadia and his wife Nupur Kapadia to help individuals who are hooked to their smartphones 24/7 to break free of their addiction. As the name suggests, the app works by tracking the amount of time you spend looking to your phone and reminds when it’s time to take a break.

If BreakFree sees you’ve been making too many calls, spending too much time on one app, or using your smartphone for over an hour, the app gives you a heads up that it’s time to put the phone down. It also allows you to disable the Internet, reject incoming calls and send auto text messages at specific times of the day. For example, if you’re planning to spend time with your family from 2pm to 5pm on a Sunday, you can set the app to disable sound and phone’s Internet during that time.

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The app can also calculate your addiction score based on how much time you spend on your smartphone and present you with detailed statistics so you can take the necessary steps to slow down on your smartphone use.

For young smartphone users, BreakFree can be used as a parental control device. By installing it on the child’s smartphone, parents can monitor their phone usage, internet hours etc.

This app can be grabbed for free from Google Play Store. The free version has in-app ads but you can get rid of them by upgrading to its pro version for just $1.99, which offers extra features.