AppCap tweak limits and blocks distracting apps

By , Feb 13, 2013

AppCap alert

I’m not sure how I feel about digital commitment devices. On the one hand, I’d like to believe that if I really didn’t want to open Facebook on my phone during work hours, I just wouldn’t open it. On the other hand, I know from personal experience that it isn’t always this easy.

AppCap is a tweak that allows you to set a limit on your usage on a distracting app, hopefully encouraging you to use it less…

appcap settings

What I like about AppCap is the sheer flexibility the tweak provides. You can set AppCap to limit apps based on the number of launches, the time the app is accessed, minimum duration between launches, the days of the week, and even have the launch restricted by what Wi-Fi network your device is on.

While AppCap can outright block apps from launching, it can also be set to gently remind you of your intent. At least in theory. I found that the pop up reminders in effect block Facebook from launching too. Of course, since this is a MobileSubstrate tweak, if you absolutely need to check a blocked app you can always disable AppCap through Safe Mode.

My biggest problem with AppCap is its limitation of working with one app at a time. You might be able to limit your activity on Facebook, but is that going to be of much help when I have Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and games to keep my sugar and ADHD-ridden brain off task? AppCap currently feels like a great proof of concept for a larger productivity tweak.

I’m not really a fan of disabling features and services I like, but if you’re looking for a little artificial willpower, give AppCap a try. The tweak is available for free in the ModMyi repo. Hopefully we’ll see support for locking down multiple apps in the future.

Would you find AppCap useful on your phone? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Jonathan

    I love the sound of this. I can disable Facebook and limit twitter while I’m at school. It also too easy to flip from Notes Plus to facebook or twitter on my ipad…

  • Mark

    I will use this to reduce my procrastination habbit.

    next day: WTF! Tweak Disabled.

  • http://twitter.com/sandeepiroy Sandeep Roy

    Need one for WhatsApp

  • Kurt

    Mike Schnier at it again, teaching us how to disable apps and tweaks

  • 3TW0

    Mine doesn’t work at all…anyone else having issues with this tweak?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

    I need this for my quit smoking app.

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Perfect to put on someone else’s phone unsuspecting and when they try to access Facebook they will go nuts lol!

  • http://twitter.com/LittleMarkField Mark Littlefield

    I agree that this should be able to be spread across other apps, but like the Poof app which removed the annoying Apple forced apps. I’m sure an update will soon be coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    lame

  • Andreas Ährlund-Richter

    Any apps doing this that doesent require jailbreaking?