Google will develop Digital Wellbeing to help reduce screen time



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The Google Digital Wellbeing tool shows how much time you spend on your phone.

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The new Google tool to help Android users control their screen time is now out of beta.

Digital Wellbeing is available for Pixel users and Android One owners with Android 9 Piece. Messages were reported on Tuesday 9to5Google.

Google released Digital Wellbeing to Pixel users in August as part of an exclusive beta. The tool will help you track how much time you spend on your day-to-day phone. Graphics on the panel show how often you use different applications. You can also find out how many times you unlock the phone and how many notifications you get, said Google in a August blog post.

Application timers allow you to limit how much time you spend with certain applications, and Wind Down puts your phone in Distract mode so that the screen becomes darker to gray. You can also turn on Do not disturb when you're out for dinner or talking to friends.

Google is not the only technology company that adds screen time controls. In June, Apple revealed features that allow users to track the time spent on devices and applications. Facebook on Tuesday introduced a feature called "Your Time on Facebook" to show you how long you spend on the social network.

You have access to the Digital Wellbeing tool in the Google Play Store.

Google did not respond immediately to the comment request.


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