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Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids


NEW YORK — Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones.

With their new tools for managing screen time, you can see how often you picked up the phone after bedtime, for instance.

Apple's tools also let you control how long your kids spend on their devices, if you're concerned that screens are taking time away from sleep, homework or exercise.

Apple's tools will launch Tuesday as part of the free iOS 12 software update for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. Google's controls are being tested on its Pixel-branded Android phones.

Ultimately, such tools can only do so much in helping you ward off technology's pernicious effects. But they can nudge you in the right direction.

Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press

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