New YouTube take a break feature rolling out to Android & iOS users

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In this day and age, you have to admit most of us are on our phones and other digital devices too often. All you have to do is look around and I guarantee you’ll see one or ten people hunched over their smartphone. Google recognizes this as well and one of the topics they briefly touched on at Google I/O is the concept of Digital Wellbeing.

A four-pronged approach, Digital Wellbeing starts with understanding your habits, then provides a focus on what matters, and switching off and winding down… all with a goal of finding balance for your family. It sounds all good and well but, like most things, is probably easier said than done. To assist with that, Google is introducing “take a break” reminders for some of its apps, starting with YouTube.

The optional setting allows you to set a reminder which will tell you it’s time to take a break after 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes. While the reminder is visible, the video you are currently watching will pause until you resume it or dismiss the video.

To enable and set the take a break reminder:

  1. Tap your Account icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Remind me to take a break.
  5. Select your Reminder frequency.

That’s all there is to it! It’ll be interesting to see what

What do you think about Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative and the new YouTube “Take a Break” feature? Is it a feature you’ll use? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2018.

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