How does Accountable2You detect apps installed on the device?
The Accountable2You VPN for iOS can see apps on your device as they connect to the internet. We use that information to add detected apps to the App Usage report.
To elaborate a bit more, as apps operate, many retrieve data from the internet. That data passes through the Accountable2You VPN, allowing Accountable2You to determine the titles of installed and in-use apps. The names of the detected apps are then added to the App Usage section of the Reports page.
Can Accountable2You monitor activity within all apps for iOS?
In addition to capturing the titles of installed and in-use apps, Accountable2You can capture detailed activity within several common apps. Using the Accountable2You VPN for iOS, we also monitor and report detailed app activity within Hulu, YouTube, and Safari (and most other major web browsers).
Due to restrictions put in place by Apple, activities that occur outside of those apps will not be visible or monitored.
What about embedded browsers within an app?
Some apps open hyperlinks to web pages within the app, rather than launching the Safari app. If the specific app utilizes Apple’s Safari browser for their “embedded browser” functions, A2U may also monitor the internet browsing within those apps with the VPN enabled.
Not all embedded browsers are monitored by A2U, however. It depends largely on the way each app is designed by its developer, and whether it uses Safari as its embedded browser technology. As app developers make changes within their app over time, Accountable2You’s ability to monitor activity within the embedded browsers may change as well.
If you haven’t yet set up the VPN and want to monitor your favorite browsers, follow the steps in the guide, Configuring iOS VPN Monitoring.
Helpful tips to increase accountability in other iOS apps
Apple created exceptional documentation to guide Apple iOS customers through a wide range of functions and features. While Apple aimed Screen Time to be used by parents for their children, we’ve found it to be incredibly helpful for anyone at any age desiring additional accountability or filtering functionality. They continue to add additional features to the Mac version of Screen Time, too!
Please check out the links below for more information about using Screen Time on your device. Screen Time offers many great features, but we’ve included a few of our team’s favorites in the bullets below.