Google Digital Wellbeing Stories July 19

After debuting on Pixel, Digital Wellbeing’s ‘Heads Up’ shows up on other Android phones

Google’s Digital Wellbeing suite is designed to give you the tools needed to curb your smartphone addiction. One of the latest additions came earlier this year with “Heads Up,” a feature that reminds you not to spend all of your time staring at your phone while walking. Now, “Heads Up” is expanding to more Android phones with Digital Wellbeing.

Google Digital Wellbeing Stories August 20, 2020

Earlier this month, Google rolled out two big sleep-related features to all Android phones through the Clock app. On Android 11, Bedtime mode in Digital Wellbeing gains the ability to turn off the always-on display (AOD) at night.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories June 1, 2020

Since Digital Wellbeing launched in 2018, Google’s company-wide initiative to help manage device usage has seen a number of updates. The latest for Android is focused on helping you get more sleep through a new “Bedtime” hub in the Google Clock app.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories April 21, 2020

Google has been tweaking its suite of Digital Wellbeing tools over the past couple of years since it launched with Android Pie and, now, the company is rolling out a change that introduces “Bedtime Mode” and makes a couple of other tweaks.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories January 24, 2020

Google wants us to use our phones less, or at least curb our smartphone usage. This has led to a number of standalone Digital Wellbeing apps that all have weird and wonderful notions of how we should be using our phones in a healthy manner.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories January 21, 2020

The Wind Down feature that comes as part of Google’s Digital Wellbeing tracking feature is now getting a 30-minute pause option.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories September 3, 2019

Google Calendar makes ‘Working Hours’ more prominent, enables by default

One place Google has been encouraging Digital Wellbeing and work-life balance is in Google Calendar. The “Working Hours” feature is now more prominent, proactive, and enabled by default.

Google Digital Wellbeing Stories June 6, 2019

Digital Wellbeing is Google’s take on the Time Well Spent movement that launched last fall on Android and other major services like YouTube. On the mobile OS, the App Timers feature will soon be easier to set from the Pixel Launcher, and now Android Q will do a better job warning about upcoming countdowns.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 31, 2019

Controversy about Digital Wellbeing and Pixel 3 performance aside, the Pixel Launcher on Android Q is testing a quick “Pause app” shortcut. Another feature currently in beta is the ability to schedule Wind Down on a day-to-day basis.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 28, 2019

Earlier this month, many Pixel 3 users claimed that Digital Wellbeing was to blame for performance issues, and that disabling it made a world of difference. Google has now officially responded to this fix after a “thorough analysis” and found “no performance issues associated with the Digital Wellbeing app.”

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 21, 2019

Google’s Digital Wellbeing suite of tools is handy, and the company is apparently making it a whole lot easier to get at certain functions. In an update rolling out now, Digital Wellbeing is showing up on the Pixel Launcher with some convenient buttons for pausing an application.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 20, 2019

At I/O 2019, Digital Wellbeing celebrated the one year anniversary of its unveiling with new features coming later this fall. The latest beta rolling out today confirms Digital Wellbeing for websites in the form of “Site usage data” and “Site timers.” expand full story

Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 13, 2019

How to turn off or remove Digital Wellbeing on Google Pixel devices

One of the most exciting additions to Android Pie was the suite of wellbeing tools Google was adding. Those tools aren’t going to be avidly used by all users, though, and they might even cause some serious performance issues too. Here’s how to turn off Digital Wellbeing on a Google Pixel device.

One of the most exciting additions to Android Pie was Google’s suite of Digital Wellbeing tools. However, users have been reporting lately that Digital Wellbeing tools could be the cause of performance problems on a plethora of devices, including the Pixel 3.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories March 28, 2019

Android Q is full of refinements and changes throughout, and even a couple of weeks after the debut of the first beta we’re still finding new tidbits. Now, it’s been discovered that Android Q will let Pixel owners pause apps from their Launcher using Digital Wellbeing.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories March 4, 2019

Essential Phone adds support for Google’s Digital Wellbeing w/ March security patch, available now

Despite the fact that the device is no longer being made, Essential is keeping its promise when it comes to software updates. This afternoon, the company is just a couple of hours behind Google with its latest security patch, as well as delivering support for Digital Wellbeing on the Essential Phone.

Google Digital Wellbeing Stories February 25, 2019

In addition to dedicated hardware buttons and Messages integration, Google is improving Assistant’s international capabilities at MWC 2019. This includes additional multilingual pairings and many new features on KaiOS feature phones.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories February 21, 2019

Leading up to the launch of Android Pie, Google’s new Digital Wellbeing tools were one of the most exciting additions. However, they were restricted solely to Pixel phones at launch, and later expanded to Android One. Now, though, Digital Wellbeing is expanding to the Galaxy S10.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories October 18, 2018

Google officially opens up Digital Wellbeing to Android One devices running Pie

One of the most exciting additions to Android Pie has been that of Digital Wellbeing. The handy tool makes it easy to keep tabs on your daily smartphone usage and cut back where needed. At launch, Google didn’t specify if this tool would be available on non-Pixel devices, but today, a changelog has confirmed that Android One devices will get in on the fun.

Google Digital Wellbeing Stories October 11, 2018

At 10/9, Google announced Downtime and Filters for the Google Home Hub. These Digital Wellbeing features will be coming to all Smart Displays and Assistant speakers, as Google’s initiative to manage device usage is integrating with Assistant on phones.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories September 20, 2018

Before Android 9 Pie’s final release, Digital Wellbeing was one of its most anticipated features. However, it’s never been clear if the feature would ever extend beyond Pixel devices. Today we’re getting our answer, as Wellbeing’s latest update adds support for Nokia 7 Plus users.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories September 6, 2018

Ahead of Digital Wellbeing launching this fall, Google opened a beta for Pixel and Pixel 2 users with the release of Android 9 Pie. The latest update introduces quick shortcuts to make the company-wide initiative more accessible, thus addressing some initial user feedback.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories August 10, 2018

With the launch of Android 9 Pie, Google also released the first beta of a feature it announced back at I/O 2018: Digital Wellbeing. As many who have installed it have found, however, it doesn’t add an icon to your home screen or app drawer. Rather, the feature lives entirely in the Pixel’s settings app. Now, there’s an app that can fix that if you want more immediate access…

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories August 6, 2018

From Apple to Facebook, creating a healthier relationship with technology is a big trend in 2018. Google’s approach is called “Digital Wellbeing,” with the first features announced at I/O in May and Android set to receive them this fall. With the launch of Android 9 Pie today, Google released a beta for Pixel and Pixel 2 users and we’ve had some time to play with the features.

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How to sign up for Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing beta on Google Pixel devices

Android 9 Pie doesn’t really have any groundbreaking new features compared to older versions of Android, but one of its most exciting additions is a focus on “Digital Wellbeing.” This was explained in-depth back at Google I/O, but never appeared in Pie’s betas. Now, Google is opening a beta program for this feature, so here’s how to sign up.

Alongside Intelligence and Simplicity, Google announced Digital Wellbeing as a third tentpole for Android Pie at I/O 2018. These features that help manage device usage won’t launch until this fall, but Google is opening up a beta for the Pixel and Pixel 2 starting today.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories July 2, 2018

According to Google this morning, Developer Preview 4 is “very close to what you’ll see in the final version of Android P.” Given the nature of this “release candidate,” many assumed that this beta would include Google’s planned ‘Digital Wellbeing’ features. However, at I/O 2018, Google explicitly noted that these management features are coming “this fall.”

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories June 27, 2018

At I/O 2018, Google announced that moving forward its products would reduce technology’s distractions in day-to-day life. Digital Wellbeing features are now coming to Google Calendar to help users better manage work and personal time.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 11, 2018

On stage at I/O 2018, Google announced its digital wellbeing initiative to help people better understand their digital habits. One addition unveiled as part of this initiative was a self-set timer within YouTube to help users from spending too long watching videos. This feature is now live.

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Google Digital Wellbeing Stories May 8, 2018

Google’s Digital Wellbeing will help you understand smartphone habits, view usage, focus on the important things

With how dependent people have gotten on technology, the amount of screen-time can get concerning. Announced at I/O 2018, Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative should help you curb your usage.

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