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YouTube adds Take a Break feature as part of Google's Digital Wellbeing initiative

The Digital Wellbeing initiative was announced at the Google I/O conference held last week

Santanu Basu 14 May 2018, 4:18 PM
YouTube's Take a Break feature is available on the latest version of the app on Android

YouTube's Take a Break feature is available on the latest version of the app on Android Image : Flickr

Google announced its Digital Wellbeing initiative for users at the Google I/O conference that took place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, United States, last week. The initiative includes a suite of features that will help users overcome their cellphone addiction. Now, the Digital Wellbeing feature has been rolled out on the updated version of the YouTube app for Android.

In the Digital Wellbeing initiative,  a new dashboard shows you how much time you are devoting to different apps, and will allow you to set limits on the biggest time wasters. Also, your phone will enter a "wind down" mode at night, where everything will appear black and white, thus helping you get a good night's sleep.

The "do not disturb" mode, which is aptly code-named Shush, will silence notifications, calls or texts — such a relief from interruptions during a meeting, a siesta or a meal, right? If you put your phone face down, it will automatically go into the "do not disturb" mode. All these features will be available on the Android P version.

Let's go back to YouTube now. The feature will be available from the settings option on the YouTube app. Users can set a reminder to appear on the screen while watching a video after 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes. This feature will appear once the app is updated to version 13.17.55. The other features will also be available in some time.

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