During the Google I/O 2018 keynote, the Big G introduced a series of new ‘Digital Wellness’ features. While some of these features are only coming to Android P, others are coming to various apps, including YouTube.
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One such feature is the ability to have YouTube remind you to stop watching videos. As it would turn out, Google is not waiting until “later this year” to release this feature to users.
There is a back-end update coming to YouTube which enables the reminders within the app. Here are the settings you need to follow in order to enable reminders:
- Open YouTube
- Tap your profile image in the top right-hand corner
- Select Settings
- Select General
- Tap ‘Remind me to take a break‘
From there, you will see several different reminder frequencies:
- Every 15 minutes
- Every 30 minutes
- Every 60 minutes
- Every 90 minutes
- Every 180 minutes
After the “timer” has run out, a pop-up message will appear suggesting it’s time to take a break. Additionally, you can use this pop-up to either dismiss the message or go back to YouTube’s settings to adjust the frequency.
As we mentioned above, this is not available for everyone just yet. Instead, you will have to wait for Google to “flip-the-switch” and enable this new feature for your devices.
But let’s be serious. Just limit your YouTube intake and go get some fresh air! Let us know what you think about this feature and Google’s new “Digital Wellbeing” movement.