At the ongoing Google I/O event, the search giant has already announced that iOS device, especially iPhone X users can now watch YouTube HDR content. Alongside, Google also announced its digital well-being initiative to help people better understand their digital habits. YouTube, a video streaming platform is also a part of the initiative, under which users will be able to schedule custom breaks to step away from their online lives for a while. One iteration has been made is ‘Take a Break’ self-set timer within YouTube for Android platform.
A new version of YouTube’s Take a Break feature is available on the Android mobile app Setting screen. Users can set a reminder to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes. Once a user selects an option, YouTube will pause the videos at those intervals. Then the user can choose either to dismiss the reminder to continue watching or entirely close the app. Notably, the setting is optional and switched off by default.
Take a Break feature is appearing once it is updated to version 13.18.54 on YouTube for Android app. With the new inclusion, “Reminder me to take a break” option you can set yourself reminders to help you stop watching every assigned interval. These options can be found in settings by tapping on your profile icon and heading to Settings > General > Remind me to take a break.
Additionally, you’ll find two more features in the YouTube notification menu. One of those called ‘Disable sounds & vibrations’ which will let you disable all notification sounds from the YouTube for Android for a specific amount of time. The other new feature is called ‘Scheduled Digest’ that lets you get all of your notifications once a day at a particular time.
Once the timer is reached, YouTube will stop the video, and show you a friendly monkey face asking if you want to take a break. You can do what you want, dismiss it or continue watching videos or exit out the app. Take a Break and other notification features are available in the latest version 13.17.55 of the YouTube app. It can be accessed via Settings > General, and the notifications feature at Settings > Notifications.
Google has designed this feature in order to help users get less distracted because of technology. With Android P, Google is planning to unveil a lot of new features under the Digital Wellbeing initiative.
You can download or update the YouTube directly from the Play Store.
(Download: YouTube for Android with Take a Break feature)