Are you addicted to your smartphone? Many of us can’t seem to stop checking email, texting people, hopping onto Facebook, and snapping selfies, and usually at the most inappropriate times. Well, Android Pie offers a new tool that could help you kick that habit.
Known as Digital Wellbeing, the feature appears as a dashboard that shows you how much time you’ve spent with different apps, how often you’ve unlocked your phone, and how many notifications you’ve received. The dashboard also provides timers to limit the number of minutes you spend with an app, access to the Do Not Disturb option, and a quick way to turn off notifications for each app.
The feature is available only in Android Pie, the latest flavor of Google’s mobile operating system, and for now, you can only try Digital Wellbeing on a Google Pixel phone. As Digital Wellbeing is currently in beta mode (a full release is expected in the fall), there are restrictions. But if you have access, it can be a helpful way to curb your smartphone use.