AppCap is a hack that allows you to set parameters on the day, time, amount of time and the number of times you can launch an application. When I heard about this hack, I knew I would have to check it out. We have four boys and our oldest, who is six, is extremely iPhone savvy… like father, like son. He does really well following the guidelines we put on his phone and it has a password that we have to enter before he is able to use it but an extra precaution couldn’t hurt right. Or, not going to lie, I might use this app to keep myself off Facebook!!
AppCap actually has quite a few options in the setting allowing the ability to be pretty specific about when the app can be used. You are able to set the number of times you can launch an app in a day (ex. the app can only be open 4 times a day), a duration of time in which the app can be launched (ex. between 7:00pm-9:00pm), the frequency in which the app can be used (ex. the app can only be used once every 4 hours), the days of the week an app can be opened (ex. it can only be opened on Saturday) and whether the app can only be launched while on WiFi or even a specific WiFi network. All of these settings can be used together. For example, you could set an app to only launch on a Saturday between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.
The only issue I have with this application is that it only allows the ability to restrict one application at a time. It would be nice to be able to create a list of apps and be able to restrict each one uniquely. It would also be sweet if there was an option to put a password on the AppCap settings. Though, overall, a nice little hack.
Note: If you have any difficultly getting the app to work correctly just toggle it on/off.