David J. Phillips @davj / 7:30 PM PST • February 15, 2023

clearspace launched on Y Combinator’s “Launch YC” recently.

Launch YC: ◻️ clearspace: eliminate compulsive phone use forever

clearspace is building tools to put you In control of your digital screen time, eliminating compulsive phone use and addiction.

Royce Branning and Oliver Hill started building clearspace because they needed it. Noticing their devices encroaching on the moments that mattered to them most, they set out to build the solution that this problem deserves.


The clearspace iPhone app helps users avoid losing time to impulsive opens and endless scrolling on social media by intercepting and regulating their app experiences.

Image Credits: clearspace

Dopamine-driven app experiences can create addictive user behaviors. clearspace is designed to help you keep your usage in line with your intention.

Notable features include:

stimulus-response buffer: a mandatory 15-second exercise before every social app open (actually changes behavior!)

session lengths: set how long you want to use an app, and an automatic cutoff engages once the limit has been reached - never get lost in the scroll again.

gamification: get rewards for streaks of time well-spent, avoiding time-wasting activities.

Image Credits: clearspace

Try out clearspace for iOS

Check out the chrome extension (beta)

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February 15, 2023
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