How to Check What Apps You Use on the iPad

Screenshot of iPad's Battery settings

Have you ever wanted to find out what apps you are using and which apps are just taking up space? This is a great way to find out which apps may be safe to delete to free up some precious storage on your iPad. It can also be a great way for parents to keep track of what their kids are doing on the iPad. There is no perfect way to track app usage on the iPad, but Apple did give us the ability to glimpse into what apps we use through a somewhat unlikely area: battery settings.

The Steps

  1. Open your iPad's settings app.
  2. Scroll down the left-side menu and tap Battery. The battery settings show how much each app is draining the battery by default. This can be useful in tracking down problems if you have a hard time keeping your iPad charged, but it's not accurate for telling how much time each app is used because different apps will drain the battery at different rates.
  3. You can show how much time each app was on the screen by tapping the clock button that is to the right of the Last 24 Hours and Last 7 Days tabs. This will display the time the app was on the screen just below the app's name. Unfortunately, there is no way to sort by time on the screen. But because the list is sorted by what drained the battery most, the most used apps should still show up towards the top of the list.
  4. You can toggle between the last twenty-four hours and the last seven days. There is currently no way to get statistics beyond seven days.
  5. The usage list will also show you how many hours the app was active in the background, which can be useful for apps like Music or Pandora.

    Is there any way to limit app use on the iPad?

    Unfortunately, the parental restrictions for the iPad do not include time limits for individual apps or time limits for overall usage. This would be a great feature for parents who want to make sure their kids aren't spending all their time on YouTube or Facebook, and perhaps Apple will add it in the future.

    The most you can do right now is limit app downloads, movies, and music to a certain age group or rating. You can also use the childproof controls to turn off in-app purchases and disallow the installation of new apps.