Under Screen Time, the report for the time spent on my phone is 1 hour 5 minutes. However, when looking at all the apps used, the time spent on the phone adds up to about 28 minutes and not 1 hour 5 minutes.

Time spent on iPhone for the full day:

But looking at all apps, the time spent is about 28 minutes

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  • How is Screen Time calculated?

  • Why is time spent on the iPhone calculated to 1 hour 5 minutes if time spent on all apps is really about 28 minutes?


  1. I'm using ios v14. iPhone SE 1st Generation.
  2. The iPhone is supervised, (but I don't see why that would matter).
  3. Share Across Devices is enabled, however, I don't own or use any other apple devices besides this iPhone (seemingly this shouldn't either matter).
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    Is sharing screen time over iCloud enabled and you own another Mac/iPhone/iPad ?
    – X_841
    Dec 30, 2020 at 12:24
  • @X_841 sharing over iCloud is enabled. However, the only apple device that I have and use is my iPhone. I do not have have any other apple devices.
    – MendelG
    Dec 30, 2020 at 15:18
  • Note: The iPhone is supervised, but I don't see why that would matter.
    – MendelG
    Dec 30, 2020 at 15:20

2 Answers 2


This is a bug on ios 14.

From an article on Medium.com:

...Turns out I’m not the only one seeing weird issues with screentime. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation in regards to the iPhone model. It also doesn’t seem to be a very common problem. However, others have been reporting other odd screentime glitches. Some have reported their screentime being inaccurately high with no app to blame. And others are also reporting that their phone claims they’ve spent hours on websites they’ve never visited.

My Screen Time claims that I was using my iPhone for 24Hours! (let's hope I wasn't...).

ScreenTime bug

I have visited stackoverflow for about 1 minute, however, it's calculated as 24 hours.

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Also, all apps were fully closed, no apps were running in the background.


Since there is no screentime API available to developers I doubt anyone can tell how the calculation works. I think you might have the option to share across devices turned on. This includes screen time from all Apple devices that are using your apple email.

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    OP has already addressed in a comment, that they don't have any other Apple device other than their iPhone
    – Oion Akif
    Dec 31, 2020 at 3:57

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