Get started with Sober Time

The home page is the first thing you'll see when opening Sober Time. You'll need to add at least one addiction to Sober Time. Let's get started.

  1. Tap the +Addiction button
  2. Give a name to the addiction you want to track. For example, "Alcohol" or "Smoking."
  3. Enter your clean date and time. Tap the date icon to enter a date and the time icon to enter a time. The app will use this to calculate how long you've abstained from your addiction.
  4. Tap the save button in the top-right corner to save your changes.

There are some optional settings and values that you can change by tapping the arrow button to expand the page. You can set them up now or come back and change them later. The default options are configured for an easy-to-use tracker.

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Do I need to set up an account to use Sober Time?

Sober Time works without an account. Your device stores your addiction data, and only you can access it.

Sober Time has a built-in Community. You can browse the community without creating an account, but you must register a community account if you want to interact or post.

You'll need to sign in if you've purchased Sober Time Premium and want to use the Cloud Sync feature. It will give us a unique identifier to store your data and let you sign in from other devices to access it.

What addictions does Sober Time support?

You can use Sober Time for any addiction. You'll be able to set up each of your addictions as you'd like. It's up to you what you would like to track. While it is common to use it for alcohol or smoking, our users have set up trackers for sex addiction or gaming.

Add a password.

You can set up an app-wide password for Sober Time. You must enter this password each time you launch Sober Time.

  1. Open the main menu button on the Home page's top-left corner.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on Password.
  4. On the Password page, input your password. Re-input your password as required to confirm it. 
  5. Switch the Enabled button, which will save your new password.

Note: You are creating your password, and we can't reset it for you. Remember your password details, or you will lose access to your data.

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Change Sober Time's theme color.
  1. Open the main menu button on the Home page's top-left corner.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on Theme.
  4. Browse through the themes by tapping the left and right navigation buttons.
  5. Tap Apply.
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Change an addiction's background.
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap Background.
  4. Choose among the options Standard, Extended, Motion backgrounds, or Upload your background image.
  5. Tap the image of your liking; this will automatically update your addiction's background image.

Note: If you want to upload your background, you can add it by tapping the Upload button on the Background option. The app will ask you permission to access your device's image gallery. Tap the Allow button. You can now start choosing your background. Tapping an image will update the display background.

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Change an addiction's icon.
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap Icon.
  4. Tap the icon of your liking; this will automatically update your addiction's icon.
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Change an addiction's background tint
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tint option
  4. Use the slider to change the tint's darkness.
  5. To change the tint's color, tap the color option on the slider's right side.
  6. Choose the tint color of your liking using the slider, and tap Apply to save the changes.
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Add a widget to your home screen

For Android devices:

  1. On the Home screen, touch and hold a free space. Note: On some other android devices, you will need to pinch the free space to view the Widgets option.
  2. Tap Widgets.
  3. Look for Sober Time. Press and hold the Sober Time widget.
  4. Drag and drop the widget into the available space. The Sober Time widget settings will appear. Here, you can customize the settings of your Sober Time widget.
  5. Tap the save button to save the settings.

Note: On some other android devices, you don't need to touch and hold the Sober Time widget. Tapping it will automatically add the Sober Time widget into the available space on your home screen.

 

For iOS devices:

  1. On the Home screen, touch and hold the free space until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button on the upper-left corner.
  3. Look for the Sober Time widget and tap to select it.
  4. Choose from three widget sizes, then tap Add Widget.
  5. Tap Done, and you are finished.

Visit the official Apple support to read more about adding a widget on an iOS device.

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Delete a widget.

For Android devices:

  1. Press and hold the Sober Time widget on your Home screen.
  2. While still holding the widget, drag it across the screen and direct it to the Remove option. 
  3. Release the Widget.

Note: Every version of Android appears to be a little different. On some Android devices, a close button or remove option will appear. Tapping it will remove the widget without dragging it.

 

For iOS devices:

  1. Press and hold the Sober Time widget.
  2. Tap Remove Widget.
  3. Tap Remove again to confirm.

Visit the official Apple support for deleting the widget.

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Track and add multiple widgets.

For Android devices:

  1. Start by adding a widget. Click the link to read the guide for adding a widget.
  2. Use the New widget page to set up your widget. You can track a different addiction or track the same addiction differently.
  3. Tap the save button to save the settings.
  4. A new widget will appear on the available space on your Home screen.

Note: Not all Android devices support adding multiple widgets from the same app.

 

For iOS devices, only iOS 14 supports adding multiple widgets. You can visit the official Apple support for adding multiple widgets or widget stacks.

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Edit a widget.

For Android devices, use the following steps.

  1. Tap the settings button located in the bottom-left corner of a widget.
  2. The Edit Widget page will appear. There are several options available to customize your widgets.
  3. Adjust the options to your liking, and then tap the done button in the top right to save your changes and close the page.

 

For iOS devices, you can visit the official Apple support on editing your widgets.

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The widget tracker does not update automatically.

Both Android and iOS limit how often widgets can refresh. This is an effort to limit strain on your device's resources and to conserve your device's battery life. Depending on your device's available resources, Sober Time's widget should update about once every 30 minutes.

If this is not sufficient, you can make use of Sober Time's widget service. This will update the widget frequently, but it could have a negative impact on your device's battery life.

  1. On your Home screen, open the Edit widget page by tapping the gear button located on the bottom-left corner of the widget.
  2. Look for the Refresh rate option.
  3. Slide the slider button to change the time reference.
  4. Tap the save button to save the changes.

Note: A higher refresh rate will update all of your widgets more frequently, but it will put an additional strain on your device's battery.

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Change a widget tracker mode.

You can change the tracker mode of your widgets. Each widget can have its own tracker mode independent of the addiction's tracker mode inside Sober Time. You can even set up multiple widgets of the same addiction and have each widget use a different tracker mode.

  1. On your Home screen, tap the gear button located on the bottom-left corner of the widget.
  2. Look for the Tracker Mode options, and tap it.
  3. There will be a list of display options that will appear. 
  4. Tap the display mode that you've chosen. Hit the save button to save the changes.
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Resize the Home screen widget.

For Android devices:

1. Long-press a Sober Time widget on your home screen.

2. Drag the edges of the white border that appears around the widget to adjust its size.

3. Afterwards, tap anywhere outside of the widget to apply the changes.

iOS widgets can't be resized once placed, but you can choose a different size the first time you add one to your home screen.

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Log in to the Community.
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the Community button located in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap the login button.
  3. Input your email and password and tap login.

Note: If you don't have an existing account, you can create one by tapping the Create your account option. Input the required fields and hit Create your account button.

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Why can't I post in the community?

To post and interact in the Community, you need to log in with an existing community account. Accounts are free to create, and anyone who follows the community's rules and guidelines can post.

Is it necessary to sign in to the community?

No, it is not necessary to sign in to the Community. You can still read posts without signing in. But, if you would like to post a topic or interact with other posts, that will require you to sign in to the community. Take note to read and follow the Community Guidelines before posting a topic.

Deleting community account?
  1. Log in to your community account.
  2. Tap your profile picture located on the top-right corner of the page.
  3. Tap the account setting button.
  4. Look for the Preferences
  5. Scroll down and look for the Delete My Account button
  6. Confirm to delete your account.

Reach out to one of our moderators if you require assistance with deleting your account.

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Why can't I sign in to the Community?

When signing in to the Community, you need to ensure that you have an existing account or use the correct email address you used to sign up in the Community. Ensure that you are using the correct password too, or you won't log into the Community successfully. 

If you have forgotten your password, please tap the Forgot password. Enter your email address and confirm. The system will send you a reset link to your email address. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not see it.

Change your savings currency.

By default, the currency unit is set up as a dollar sign. You can change this to anything you like.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap the Units option.
  4. Change the currency unit.
  5. Tap the save button on the right side of the text field to save the changes.
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Change average heartbeats or breaths.

Everyone breathes at a different rate, and everyone's heart beats at a different rate. You can change Sober Time's average heart rate and average breath per minute to improve the accuracy of the Heartbeat or Breaths tracker modes.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Units.
  4. Enter your heartbeats per minute or Breaths per minute.
  5. Tap the done button within the text fields to save your changes.
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Add a personal milestone.

To track any period of time that you prefer, you can set up personal milestones, but they do not grant any of Sober Time's milestone badges. Sober Time will track your milestone just like the built-in milestones. You'll be able to see it in the milestone heading mode, and you'll get a notification when you reach it.

  1. Expand your addiction's bottom menu by tapping on the up arrow near the bottom center.
  2. Tap Milestones.
  3. Tap the Personal tab.
  4. Tap the add button located at the bottom-right corner.
  5. Name your milestone and set up its duration.
  6. Tap the save button to save the changes.
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View and share milestone badges.
  1. Tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center of the Home page.
  2. Tap Milestones.
  3. Tap an unlocked milestone to view its badge.
  4. Tap the share button to share a milestone's badge.
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Change notification preferences.

You need to disable all the notification settings to stop all the notifications from sending to your phone. To do this, use the following guides.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap the Notifications option.
  4. Disable all the switches for the notification settings.

Note: On this page, you can disable or enable milestone notifications, schedule motivational messages, schedule journal reminders, and enable or disable the community notifications.

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Troubleshooting notifications.

If you're not able to receive notifications from Sober Time, make sure to check on the notification settings. On the Notification page, you can check if the switches are enabled. To go to the Notification page, use the following steps.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Notifications option.
  4. Enable notification switches to receive notifications.

Note: If all the switches are enabled, but you're still not getting any notification, make sure to check on your device's notification settings.

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Add multiple addictions.
  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Manage.
  3. Tap the add button located on the bottom-right corner.
  4. Enter the details.
  5. Tap the done button to save the changes.
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Re-order addictions.
  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Manage.
  3. Press and hold the addiction that you want to reorder.
  4. Slide it up or down and release. The changes will be saved automatically.
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Delete an addiction.
  1. On the Home page, select the addiction you want to delete.
  2. Expand the addiction's bottom menu.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap the Delete button located on the top-right corner of the screen, next to the save button.
  5. Tap Delete to confirm.
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Reset an addiction.

You can reset an addiction's Sober Time. This will set its clean date and time to the current date and time, creating a new entry in that addiction's history page. Resetting an addiction is mostly used for when you've relapsed.

  1. On the Home page, expand the addiction's bottom menu.
  2. Tap Reset.
  3. Tap the dialog's Reset button.

Note: You can manually undo this by deleting the history entry and setting your addiction's clean date and time to the original values.

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Change an addiction's clean date and time.
  1. On the Home page, expand the addiction's bottom menu.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Change the clean date by tapping the Clean date field. To change the time, tap the clock icon to change the time.
  4. Tap the save button in the top right to save your changes.
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Set up savings tracking for an addiction.
  1. On the Home page, choose the addiction that you want to have a savings tracker.
  2. Tap the addiction's bottom menu.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap the drop-down button to expand the optional menu.
  5. Add an amount to the Average spend field. Change the interval to daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
  6. Tap the save button to save the changes. 
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I cannot see my history.
  1. On the Home page, tap the addiction's bottom menu.
  2. Tap History.
  3. On this page, you will be able to see your History list. You can edit your history by tapping it.

Note: If you cannot see any history, it means that you haven't reset your addiction's clean time. Resetting your addiction will add an entry to your history.

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Edit history

You can edit any of your history entries. This is useful for when you want to increase an entry's accuracy, like when you performed a reset later than it actually happened. Note that while history entries are used for statistics, they are not used to calculate your tracker's time.

  1. On the Home page, tap the addiction's bottom menu.
  2. Tap History.
  3. Tap the history that you want to edit.
  4. You can rename, change dates and add notes.
  5. Tap the save button to save the changes.
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Delete history
  1. On the Home page, tap the addiction's bottom menu.
  2. Tap History.
  3. Tap the history that you want to delete.
  4. Tap the delete button located on the top-right corner of the screen next to the check button.
  5. Confirm.
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Add a journal entry.
  1. Tap the Journal icon located on the top-right corner of the Sober Time screen.
  2. Choose the date you want to add a journal.
  3. Rate your day by adjusting the slider.
  4. Add notes or text to your entry.
  5. Tap the done button to save the changes.

Note: This journal is for the overall daily journal. It is not just for one addiction journal.

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Delete a journal entry.
  1. Tap the Journal icon located on the top-right corner of the Sober Time screen.
  2. Choose the journal that you want to delete.
  3. Tap the Delete button.
  4. Confirm.
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Is Sober Time Premium a single purchase or a subscription?

Sober Time's Premium is a single, once-off purchase. There are no subscriptions or recurring charges. Purchasing Premium will permanently unlock it for your Google Play or Apple App Store account, depending on which platform you made the purchase.

Purchasing Sober Time premium
  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Premium
  3. Tap the buy button located at the bottom center of the page.
  4. Complete the purchase using either Google Play or the Apple App Store
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What do I get with Sober Time Premium?

Once you unlock the Sober Time Premium, you will get the following features:

  1. Widgets - This will allow you to track your addictions on your Home screen.
  2. Remove Ads - Permanently remove all advertisements from the app.
  3. Cloud Sync - This will let you sync your Sober Time data across multiple devices and platforms using our secure cloud.
  4. Extended backgrounds - Gain access to over a thousand scenic backgrounds.
  5. Motion backgrounds - Unlocks Sober Time's animated motion backgrounds.

Sober Time Premium is a single purchase that is permanently unlocked. You'll also gain access to any future Premium features when they are released.

Restore Sober Time's Premium Purchase.

You can restore Sober Time's Premium to an app installation if you've purchased it in the past. You need to be logged in to your device with the same Google or Apple account you originally made the purchase with. Because of the different accounts and stores, restoring your purchase across platforms (Android to iOS or iOS to Android) is not currently possible.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Premium.
  3. Tap the Restore button located at the top-right corner of the page.
  4. After that, tap the Find button. 
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Backup your Sober Time data using cloud sync.

Cloud Sync is one of the Sober Time Premium features. Cloud sync allows you to save your data in the cloud and restore it to any of your Android or iOS devices. Here's how to get started with Cloud Sync:

  1. Buy Sober Time Premium.
  2. Tap on the main menu in the top-left
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Cloud Sync.
  5. Create an account or sign in with an existing account.
  6. Enabling Auto Backup will automatically back up your data whenever you make changes. Note that it will not automatically restore data on any device. We recommend having this only enabled on one of your devices to avoid conflicts.
  7. You can also save your data using the Cloud sync slots. These slots will allow you to save a specific set of data at a specific time.
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Restore data using cloud sync.

Cloud sync is a Sober Time Premium feature.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Cloud Sync.
  4. Sign in with your Cloud Sync account
  5. Tap the download button next to the slot you want to restore
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Delete data in the cloud.
  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Cloud Sync.
  4. Tap the delete button to delete the data from the slot.
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Remove Sober Time's data.

Sober Time collects anonymous data, like when your app crashes, that we use to improve the app across a wide array of devices. We also use your advertising identifier to serve you ads. We don't collect any of your personal or addiction information.

Disable anonymous usage data and personalized ads.

  1. Open the main menu in the top-left
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Data Privacy.
  4. Disable Personalized ads and Anonymous usage data.

Delete your Cloud Sync backups (if you purchased this feature)

  1. Open the main menu in the top-left
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Cloud Sync.
  4. Log in to Cloud Sync your account.
  5. Delete all your saved data by tapping the delete button.

Delete your posts and Community account.

  1. Open the Community page by tapping the community icon located on the top-right of the Sober Time screen.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Delete your posts.
  4. Delete your account afterward.
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Upload your diagnostics

When facing a technical issue, our developers might need some additional information from your device. This will help us identify and solve the issue you're facing. A copy of your data will be uploaded to our diagnostics database. This data will be used purely for resolving your technical support issues.

  1. Open the main menu button located on the top-left corner of the Home page.
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Diagnostics.
  4. Tap the Upload diagnostics button and then tap Upload.
  5. A code will be generated that you can share with support.

You can email this code, along with a description of your problem to support@sociosoftware.com. We won't take any action to resolve an issue if you don't reach out to us.

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Change an addiction's tracker mode.
  1. Tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Tracker Mode.
  4. Select your preferred tracker mode.
  5. Tap the done button in the top-right to apply your change.
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How addiction data is stored?

Your addiction data includes your addictions, display options, journal entries, history entries (resets) and savings.

You'll notice that when you open Sober Time for the first time it does not require you to register an account. Sober Time uses a local data storage system. This means that your addiction data is stored on your device (Phone, tablet) and not on an account.

Sober Time was intentionally designed this way to make it easier to get started. We wanted to break down any barriers that could prevent someone from starting their addiction recovery journey. An extra account set up on an app wouldn't be helpful. It also has the added benefit of being private. Since the addiction data is only stored on your device, only you have access to it.

When you get a new device you might want to transfer your addiction data from your old device to the new one. You can use Cloud Sync for this. Cloud Sync is a feature that allows you to create backups of your data from any of your devices. The backups are securely stored on Sober Time's cloud. To transfer your data, set up Cloud Sync on your old device and create a backup. Then set up Cloud Sync on your new device and restore that backup.

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Change a tracker's font.
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tracker option.
  4. Tap the Font button.
  5. Tap the font you would like to use for the tracker and header text.
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Change a tracker's color
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tracker option.
  4. Tap the Color button.
  5. Slide the slider knob or drag your finger around the color wheel to change the color to your preference. 
  6. Tap the Apply button to save the changes.
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Change a tracker's text thickness.
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tracker option.
  4. Tap the Thickness button.
  5. Slide the slider knob to change the text thickness.
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Change a tracker's text size
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tracker option.
  4. Tap the Size button.
  5. Slide the slider knob to change the size.
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Change an addiction's background tint color
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. Tap the Tint option.
  4. Tap the color bucket button.
  5. Slide the slider knob or drag your finger around the color wheel to change the color of your preference.
  6. Tap the Apply button to save the changes.
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Reset tracker display setting
  1. On the Home page of Sober Time, tap the addiction's bottom menu located at the bottom center.
  2. Tap the Display option.
  3. On the top right corner, tap the reset button.
  4. Confirm the action.
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Add a custom tracker mode
  1. Choose the addiction you want to change the tracker mode.
  2. Tap the bottom menu on the Home page.
  3. Tap the Edit button located on the bottom menu.
  4. Look for the Tracker mode field and tap it.
  5. On the tracker mode list, tap the Custom option.
  6. Year, Month, Days, Hours, Minutes, and Seconds are enabled by default. Untick the box by tapping it to disable an option. You can always enable it by ticking the box again.
  7. Tap the save button to save the changes.
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Delete cloud sync account.
  1. Open the main menu button on the Home page's top-left corner.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Cloud Sync.
  4. Tap the account button on the top right corner of the cloud sync page.
  5. Tap the Delete Account button.
  6. Confirm the action.
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Change heading modes

1. To change an addiction's heading mode, tap the button menu button on the home page.

2. Tap the Edit button.

3. On the optional options, tap the Heading Type field.

4. Choose the heading type you would like to use.

Note: If you choose the Text Heading mode, you need to write down the texts on the heading field.

5. After picking the heading type, tap the save button to confirm the changes.

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