US Patent No. 10,558,546

USER INTERFACES FOR CONTROLLING OR PRESENTING DEVICE USAGE ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE


Patent No. 10,558,546
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title User Interfaces For Controlling Or Presenting Device Usage On An Electronic Device
Inventorship Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, San Francisco, CA (US)
Christopher P. Foss, San Francisco, CA (US)
David C. Graham, Cupertino, CA (US)
Gregg Suzuki, Daly City, CA (US)
Assignee Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,558,546

1. A method comprising:at an electronic device in communication with a display and one or more input devices:
receiving, via the one or more input devices, a sequence of one or more inputs setting a usage limit associated with a first category of applications accessible on the electronic device;
while the usage limit associated with the first category of applications is in effect:
receiving a request to launch a first application of the first category of applications;
in accordance with a determination that first restriction criteria for the first category of applications have been met, wherein the first restriction criteria include a requirement that the usage limit for the first category of applications has been reached in order for the first restriction criteria to be met:
in accordance with a determination that the first application does not satisfy one or more limitation-exception criteria, restricting access to the first application; and
in accordance with a determination that the first application satisfies the one or more limitation-exception criteria, providing access to the first application;
in accordance with a determination that the first restriction criteria have not been met, providing access to the first application; and
while the first application is being used, counting the usage of the first application towards the usage limit associated with the first category of applications independent of whether the first application satisfies the one or more limitation-exception criteria.