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9 apps to shut up the Internet and get back to work

Damon Brown | Aug. 12, 2013
It began with the best of intentions.

Some unplugging options, including the appropriately titled app Unplug and Reconnect (free), are available for users of Android OS devices.

Like 30/30, Unplug and Reconnect makes you conscious of how and where you spend your time. It takes things to the next level, though, by providing tools to make you focus on the one thing you have to get done. For instance, you can schedule a disconnecting time in advance--so, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., say, you can have your phone automatically go into Do Not Disturb mode. The app can also send texts to would-be callers to let them know that you're currently unplugged, kind of like an away message for your smartphone.

You don't have to worry about getting too focused on your task at hand, either. Once your scheduled work period ends, Unplug and Reconnect automatically takes you out of Do Not Disturb mode, stops sending "away" texts, removes you from any other designated modes you've set. Which means it must be time to get back to all those cute animal articles.

 

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