How to Delete Screen Time Data On iPhone

Written by Emilija - Reviewed by Tanja Gadgets / Apple iPhone

4 min read

Did you know that your iPhone keeps track of how much time you spend on each app?

It's a handy feature if you're trying to cut down on screen time, but it can also be a bit embarrassing if someone else happens to see your stats.

In this article, we will discuss what is iPhones’ screen time and what can you do to get rid of your screen time history.

What is iPhone screen time?

The iPhone's screen time feature allows users to see how much time they have spent using the device, what apps they have been using the most, and which websites they have visited the most.

The app provides a clear and easy-to-understand report for users who want to keep track of the amount of time they spend on their phones every day.

To see the report, go to Settings > Screen Time and tap See All Activity under the graph.

The app displays your usage, lets you set limits for your most-used apps, and keeps track of how many times a device has been picked up or notified.

Can you delete screen time on iPhone?

Users can delete the entire screen time history on their iPhones, however, they cannot delete specific parts of it, meaning that once they go through the steps for removing screen time history it will be forever erased from their phones.

In addition, users cannot delete the feature since it is a built-in one.

How do you delete screen time history on your iPhone?

You can't delete specific moments in your usage history that Screen Time has tracked; however, if you turn off the screen time feature and then switch it back on again - it will be as though those tracks never existed.

Here is how to do it:

  1. On your iPhone, open the ‘Settings app’.
  2. Scroll down and tap ‘Screen Time’.

iphone screen time feature

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap ‘Turn Off Screen Time’. Tap the confirmation to turn it off.

turn off screen time iphone feature

How to remove screen time without a password

To protect their users' privacy fully, iPhone users can set up a password and restrict nosy users from peeking into their screen time history.

However, passwords get lost leaving users unable to access the features on their phones.

Luckily, there is an easy solution that enables users to reset screen time passcode easily.

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and tap on ‘Screen Time’.
  2. Tap ‘Change Screen Time Passcode’, and tap it again to confirm.
  3. Tap ‘Forgot Passcode’.
  4. Enter the Apple ID and the password you use to change your forgotten Screen Time passcode.

After changing the password users can access the Screen time feature and delete their usage data by turning off the feature entirely.

Bonus screen time features

Besides having clear and useful reports on how much time they have spent using their devices, iPhone users can also use the additional features screen time offers.

  • Set time limits to apps- For example, users can set time limits to social media apps or apps they find distracting to put boundaries on how much time they spend on these apps.
  • Communication limits - Parents can use this option to control with whom their kids can and cannot communicate during the day.
  • Downtime - You can now schedule downtime in Settings so that only phone calls and apps you choose are available to use.

Wrapping Up

While it is possible for users to delete their entire screen time history, it is not possible for them to delete specific parts of that history.

This feature may be changed in future updates to the iPhone operating system, but as of now, deleting screen time data is an all-or-nothing proposition.