My Opal App Review and Why I Switched to Another App?

Nowadays, a lot of people are addicted to their phones and Opal is an app aiming to fight phone addiction. To overcome my huge loss of time and focus, I tried Opal. In this review article, I will give you my honest opinion about the Opal app and why I switched to Jomo.

A few months ago, I realized I was spending way too much time on my phone. I felt I had to reduce my screen time, but I didn’t know where to start. I switched off my notifications and set limits on my iPhone, but still, I always exceeded those limits or bypassed them, sabotaging my plan at the same time... 

That's when I stumbled upon Opal. On their website, Opal highlights that their users save over 2 hours a day thanks to their app; that's exactly what I wanted to save.

This article is my review of Opal thus far and my opinion about the app.

What is Opal?

Opal is an iPhone app that helps you reduce your screen time. It keeps track of how much time your device is active on an app and restricts them to your interests.

opal app

The app has the following features: 

  • App blocking: This feature helps to filter some apps and websites that might hinder your progress. For instance, you can put a ban on social media apps and gaming apps while working or studying.
  • Focus timer: Eliminates any distractions for any given time.
  • Screen time tracking: Opal monitors the duration that you spend in every single app or site. This information will assist you in narrowing down sites and apps you tend to overuse. 
  • Scheduled breaks: To take breaks during the day. It will help you not to be stuck on your phone all day long.
  • Whitelist: Whitelist your emails or your work app on Opal so that you can study or access your emails even when you're using a deep block mode to block access to all apps.

In order for Opal to work properly, you must authorize the "Screen time permission" to Opal. After this, you can begin restricting the time each app can be used. If you pass the time limit for each app, Opal blocks access to that app until the next day or week. You can override the block, but only for a certain number of times.

opal block apps

Is Opal Effective in Reducing Screen Time and Users' Screen Time? 

For the last four months, I have been using Opal to reduce my screen addiction. I used to be an avid procrastinator. I tried Apple's time limit, but it didn't work because I could easily make it so I could continue using whatever mindless app I was using previously. I also realized that I was spending an excessive amount of time on TikTok. 

I usually found it challenging to simply “put the phone down,” but Opal has proven to be a valuable app for me. One thing I love about Opal is that it can be modified to suit your own preferences. I can limit apps or websites and also get a focus timer when I want to concentrate on something.

This has facilitated me to focus on my work without spending so much time watching Tiktok and YouTube. Currently, I am unable to use Tiktok or YouTube and whenever I attempt to, the message ‘Tiktok was blocked during your session’ appears.

tiktok block opal

I love the option that allows me to pause from using Opal or set my app to not allow me to override it until the timer is up. It’s been really helpful. After the first month of using Opal, I definitely felt I gained back my time and my deep focus.

Aside from the things I've mentioned, there are two cool features I really love while using Opal. 

  • Once you’ve been locked out of an app, if you want to go into it you have to first go to the Opal app, and then wait for a 10 second countdown before you can “take a break” up to 15 minutes. This is great because it’s a lot of steps, so you only do it if you really need to. You can take as many breaks as you want during a session, it’s just a painstaking process which makes me more likely to stay out of those apps entirely.
  • It will automatically lock you out of an app WHILE YOU'RE IN IT. For example, if you have Opal set to lock you out of Instagram at 9pm and you are on Instagram at 9pm, the screen will suddenly go dark with the message that Opal has begun. This - for me - is life changing as it helps break the cycle of endless scrolling without me having to set anything up before I open apps, which I often do without noticing.
opal screen time

I feel very good when I go through my phone records and realize that I did not waste more than two hours a day on distracting apps. Overall, Opal was very helpful in reducing my screen time and enhancing my productivity.

I’ll rate this app with 6 stars if I could since it has helped me become productive and manage my screen time. But there is a big problem: it is very expensive. I find €21.99 per month too expensive and that's why I looked for alternatives on Reddit. I saw that a lot of users were satisfied with Jomo, which offers the same features.

Opal Price plan

I found a better alternative, Jomo 

Although Opal has been a great app, it is quite expensive for me. Its annual price (€99) will surely make you think twice about your pocket. As such, it makes it rather expensive for individuals with budget concerns.

The free version of Opal only allows you to set limits on apps and track your screen time. You'll need the premium plan to be able to create deep focus sessions or even put important apps on a whitelist while working.

If you're looking for a cheaper working alternative, my recommendation would be Jomo:

jomo app store

For the last two months, I have used Jomo together with Opal. To be honest, at first I couldn't differentiate them except on the prices. But the more I learned to use Jomo, the more I realized that Jomo is 10 times more powerful.

Settings are more advanced, and there are features I love that Opal doesn't have: Squads to reduce screen time between friends and family, conditions, and Screen time journaling (the first app to do this)!

Jomo also has a beautiful dark mode and allows you to customize blocking screens. On the blocking screens you can even add your own message, something you can't do with Opal.

Customizable Jomo Blocking Screens

Jomo offers all of the same features as Opal (and more) but the premium version cost just €6.99 monthly or €29.99 annually. This is very cheap in fact if you compare it to the price of Opal Pro. And for the price of a year's subscription to Opal, you get Jomo for a lifetime.

Jomo Price plan

Jomo works similarly to Opal. After installing Jomo, you will need to grant Jomo the necessary access rights. Then, you will be able to track your screen time and limit specific apps or websites.

If you're interested in Opal, my advice is to try Jomo first. They offer the same settings, and their free version lets you try out the app to see if you have all the settings you need.

Jomo dark mode

PS: If you want to get the premium version, you can use the promo code 'TOM15' for 15% off.


Opal is one of the best screen time apps and if you're focused on reducing your screen time, Opal's deep focus mode is my favourite mode when I want to focus and complete my priority tasks. However, the high price of Opal's pro features made me want to switch to Jomo. 

Opal charges €99.99 for its annual plan as compared to Jomo's annual plan at €29.99. Paying €99.99 for a year or even €21.99 for a month puts a huge dent in my budget and I had to switch to Jomo which is better (more advanced) but at a cheaper price.

I have been extremely pleased with my switch to Jomo. I believe that it is as good as Opal but WAY cheaper.

About the Author: Tom
Tom is the founder of and has been fascinated by VPNs since 2012. He writes about online privacy, is always testing VPNs (both new and existing services), and is highly interested in the challenges of accessing certain sites and content in various regions. In addition to his interest in VPNs, he loves indie films and playing flamenco guitar.
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