YouTube will tell you when you're watching too much YouTube

13 May, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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As a part of Google's 'Digital Wellbeing' initiative which the company announced with Android P, this app is first of its kind to receive a feature like this.

The Take a Break and other notification features are available in the latest version (13.17.55) of the YouTube app. You can go and check them out now by tapping on your profile icon in the upper-right corner of YouTube's app, then tap "Settings", select "General" and then go to the "Remind me to take a break" option.

These new features will not be the final ones from Google created to help make people shut down their phone for just a little while.

YouTube is kicking off Google's aims that will greatly help customers balance technology and life.


Once you hit the limit, YouTube will kindly remind you that you need to take a break and focus on your daily tasks.

Having said that, YouTube is also rolling out the "Scheduled Digest" and "Disable sounds & vibrations" features. The reminder frequency can be set for every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 180 minutes. After the video reaches the reminder that has been set the video will pause in the background and the viewer will be provided with the option to either dismiss the notification and resume the video, or go along with YouTube's advise to "take a break, there is more to life". Notably, the setting is optional and changed off by default.

This "take a break" feature does exactly what it sounds like. One of the most anticipated announcements was that of Android P. The next iteration of the world's most populat mobile OS will officially roll out later in the year but, Google gave us a glimpse of what's in store for us.

In addition, there are just two added features inside the new YouTube notifications menu.

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