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YouTube Embraces Digital-Wellbeing

With the release of Android P (basically the 9th major version of the Android operating system) this summer, Google has announced that they will accompany the launch with a new Dashboard design. The design will show you how much time you are spending on your phone.

You will be able to see a breakdown of times you unlocked your phone, a tally of notifications and how much time you spend on each app. This comes as part of a new focus on digital-wellbeing and Googles approach to healthy digital consumption.

And as YouTube is Google owned, the video platform will be part of the new approach. But it doesn’t stop there. Rather than waiting until the release, YouTube is already introducing some helpful features.

You can now choose to set yourself a gentle reminder to ‘take a break’ and finally stop watching YouTube videos. You can do so by simply tapping your user photo at the top of your app and heading to ‘Settings’. Click on General and at the top should be the new ‘Remind me to take a break’ option.

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You can choose to be reminded after:

  • Never
  • Every 15 minutes
  • Every 30 minutes
  • Every 60 minutes
  • Every 90 minutes
  • Every 180 minutes

YouTube has also added a new setting that combines all of the individual notifications from your app you may be getting at the moment into a single list at a day of your choosing. No more notification overload!

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