How to turn your smartphone into a dumb phone

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Have you watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma?

If you haven’t, it canvasses a lot of territory from the proliferation of fake news to issues with kids and younger people using social media, speaking to many of the product designers involved in creating the beast.

One of the key messages coming from these designers and the documentary overall is the way that your smartphone is designed to take your attention for as much time as possible.

It can tell your regular usage patterns and will try and get you to stay staring at your device for longer. If it detects you are slipping out of regular usage patterns, it will also try and remind you about the things you usually do to get you back online.

A great deal of this can be addressed by turning off your notifications, but that may not be enough.

Many people these days have a desire to disconnect, but they still want to remain accessible to family and friends.

If this sounds appealing, you could always try your luck and purchase a dumb phone. There are still some for sale at some places, but obviously you will have to go without a few features.

On the other hand, you could always just look at turning your smartphone into a dumb phone, which also allows you the option of going back if you decide you can’t do without the necessary features.

Programmer David Thorpe has produced a handy ‘how to’ video explaining how to turn your smartphone into a dumb phone while still being able to use the apps that you need.

He covers how to tidy your apps and the best way to use them only when you need them, turn off notifications, disable suggestions and most importantly how to use your screen time effectively.

What do you think of these suggestions? Are you worried about how much time you spend on your phone? Have you seen The Social Dilemma? What did you think?

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Total Comments: 3
  1. 0

    I use my phone to ring people receive calls and send and receive messages. I have the data, wireless, location all turned off. Also turn off my phone at 5-00pm and on at 7-00am. people that know me always ring on the home phone in the evenings if they need to get in touch.

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      95% of programmes on my phone have been deleted. Only those that are essential for the running of the phone are left but are turned off as much as possible.
      Have added 2 programmes to my phone – one being a shopping list and the other APKPure so that I can download any updates needed without going through Google Store [which I hate].
      Most of my calls are via messenger as it is easier.
      When I go to bed my phone stays in the lounge as my family know it is a waste of time trying to contact me. If it’s important they leave a message and i get back to them in the morning.

  2. 0

    My $49 ‘dumb’ phone is smart enough for me. I can make & receive calls and texts, has an alarm and a calendar. I do not feel the need for anything else, no camera, no Google, no You Tube, no Netflix. and no anything else, just a talk and text machine.



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