Onward makes use of a reporting system to help you understand your phone behavior. Changing your behavior will be most effective when you combine the technology we've built with your desire and willingness to change. Both are essential for personal growth and development - you can't have one without the other.
You don't need to commit to total "abstinence" to benefit from Onward. Simply use the Onward app and let your personal coach guide you to a level of usage that meets your desire for tech-life balance. Understanding your overuse and working diligently to be accountable and make change starts with small steps.
Circumventing the Onward VPN makes the use of Onward pointless. You won't see usage on your daily reports and Smart Filter blocking (for Onward Pro users) will not work.
Launch the Onward app and make a commitment to checking in each day. You've made it this far, why not keep going?